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Bill Simmons Talk Show ‘Any Given Wednesday’ Sets June 22 Premiere on HBO

Bill Simmons
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HBO has set June 22 as the premiere date for Bill Simmons’ weekly talk show “Any Given Wednesday.”

The show is described as a “sports media” talk show but topics will also encompass pop culture, entertainment, arts and technology. The series has a 20-episode initial order and stems from the wide-ranging pact that HBO set last year with the ESPN alum.

“Bill Simmons represents a unique and distinct voice with a proven track record of challenging the norm and igniting debate and discussion on a wide range of topics,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president.“We are excited about the concept Bill and his team have developed for this show, which takes advantage of Bill’s intelligence, talent and insights.”

Simmons is exec producing the show with Eric Weinberger, president of Bill Simmons Media Group, and former “Daily Show” exec producer Stuart Miller.

“I’m excited about the show, I’m excited about the title and I’m really, really excited to drop my first F-bomb on TV,” Simmons said. “We are going to figure out nudity down the road, as long as it’s tasteful.”

Simmons’ pact with HBO has also yielded the “Game of Thrones” post-show “After the Thrones,” hosted by Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, which Sunday behind the sixth-season “Thrones” premiere.