Upfronts 2017: ESPN To Revamp Weekday Programming Lineup

ESPN will shake up its weekday schedule beginning next year, highlighted by a new series featuring Mike Greenberg, the network announced at its upfront presentation Thursday.

Greenberg will lead a New York-based morning show beginning Jan. 1, 2018 that will run from 7 am to 10 am and will feature a mix of news, opinion and analysis, according to network officials.

Greenberg currently hosts the long-running Mike & Mike radio sports talk show with Mike Golic, who later this fall will team with ESPN personality Trey Wingo on a new sports talk show. The daily show will air from 6 am to 10 a.m. ET and will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving to its permanent simulcast home on ESPNU.

“Mike Greenberg fronting a television show in the morning gives us a chance to set the conversation for the whole day, and he is uniquely gifted in taking those fans through that conversation," Connor Schell, senior vice president of original content told Multichannel News. “We feel like we’re getting the best of both worlds – we have incredible strength on the radio that we feel can continue with Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, and we get to launch another show on television with Mike Greenberg.”

The network also announced it will launch an afternoon talk series featuring ESPN Radio’s Bomani Jones and ESPN Magazine’s Pablo Torre. The one-hour live program will air from noon to 1 p.m. on ESPN as well as streamed on the ESPN app and WatchESPN across all devices and platforms, said the network 

In addition, ESPN has signed Torre to a multi-year extension that will allow him to make appearances on a variety of shows and platforms including Around The Horn, Pardon The Interruption, and SportsNation. The deal follows a similar multi-year extension Jones signed with ESPN last December, said the network.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.