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ESPN recruits ‘Playmakers’

Ensemble drama bows Aug. 26

ESPN has tapped Tony Denison, Omar Gooding (“Baby Boy”), Russell Hornsby (“Haunted”), Jason Matthew Smith (“13 Going On 30”), Marcello Thedford (“ER”) and Chris Wiehl (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”) as starting players for its frosh scripted series “Playmakers.”

ESPN has ordered 11 initial segs of the ensemble drama, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes and off-the-field lives of the players, families, coaches and owner of a fictional professional football team.

“Alias” executive producer John Eisendrath, who penned the frosh script, and telepic producer Orly Adelson (“The Junction Boys”) are exec producing the one-hour series, which is lensing in Toronto. Scott Brazil (“The Shield,” “CSI: Miami”) is at the helm of the first episode, which bows Aug. 26.

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