All right, everyone. Pump the brakes.
In spite of our impassioned pleas, it doesn't appear an early release for ESPN's 'The Last Dance' docuseries on the 1998 Bulls is in the cards.
"Overall, any original content project that we can conceivably move up, we are obviously considering that, including films," ESPN EVP of Programming Acquisitions and Scheduling Burke Magnus said in an interview for ESPN Front Row. Oh?
"I know some have asked about 'The Last Dance,'" Magnus continued. "And the reality is that the production of that film has not yet been completed, so we are limited there at the moment. Obviously, you can’t air it until it’s done."
There was a sliver of hope when the network appeared to tweak its commercials for the docuseries to read 'Coming Soon' instead of 'Coming in June' but that was apparently overstated. (Although Magnus didn't rule out a release before June, just... Not right now.)
This is obviously massively disappointing for Bulls and sports fans everywhere, but at the end of the day, that reasoning is as airtight as it gets. Ultimately, the finished and fully polished product will be worth the wait.