Versus to debut 'South Sydney Story' reality series on October 10
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/02/2007
Versus announced it has purchased the broadcast rights to South Sydney Story, a docu-reality series that follows the Australian National Rugby League's South Sydney Rabbitohs, which is publicly owned by actor Russell Crowe.
The six-episode series is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, October 10 at 10PM ET/PT on Versus, the Comcast cable network that was formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network.
South Sydney Story begins in May 2006 with a meeting held by the formerly publicly-owned team to determine if Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes a Court have the majority vote to take over ownership of the storied rugby franchise.
"If you can imagine the city of New York owning the Yankees and letting the team fall into disrepair, you can start to understand the magnitude of what Russell and Peter were up against to rejuvenate the club," said Marc Fein, Versus' senior vice president of programming and production.
Once the pair gained ownership by a small majority vote, the series follows the club from its pre-season to Crowe and Holmes a Court's first season of ownership, the Rabbitohs' 100th season of competition. In addition, the show provides behind-the-scenes access as the Rabbitohs attempt to rebuild themselves both on and off the field.
"Russell and Peter approached us to air this unprecedented series and we knew it was a great opportunity that we couldn't pass up," said Marty Ehrlich, Versus vice president and South Sydney Story's executive producer. "The show details the ups and downs of the team and gets to the real heart of what it takes to rebuild a storied franchise."
Following South Sydney Story's premiere broadcast, Versus will air the docu-reality series over the course of five consecutive Wednesdays at 10:30PM ET/PT.