His & Hers (ESPN)

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His & Hers
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Starring Michael Smith
Jemele Hill
Country of origin United States
Production
Location(s) Bristol, Connecticut
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network ESPN2
Original release September 12, 2011 (2011-09-12) – January 6, 2017 (2017-01-06)

His & Hers was a sports discussion show hosted by Michael Smith and Jemele Hill; it was televised by ESPN2 as part of its weekday lineup of studio programs. Originally premiering as the statistics-oriented program Numbers Never Lie, the program soon dropped its focus on metrics and became a statistics-based sports discussion program, leading to its eventual re-branding in November 2014.

History[edit]

The series originally premiered on September 12, 2011 as Numbers Never Lie; initially co-hosted by Charissa Thompson, the program focused primarily on statistics and analytics (hence its name) and was positioned as being of interest to fantasy sports fans.[1] Previously, the show included contributions by ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose and frequent ESPN NFL contributor Hugh Douglas.

However, the focus on statistics was eventually downplayed in favor of a conventional debate and discussion format similar to other ESPN daytime programs, albeit one with statistics as a talking point. According to Smith, ESPN's staff felt that viewers were being alienated by the program's focus on "hard analytics". He also remarked that the title of the program had become "deceiving" due to these changes in its format.[1]

Thompson left Numbers Never Lie in June 2012 to take over the co-host's role on SportsNation, and Smith was joined by rotating guest analysts until Rose and Douglas became permanent cohosts on September 10, 2012.[2][3] Jemele Hill replaced Rose as a co-host on June 3, 2013.

On August 13, 2013, ESPN parted with Hugh Douglas following an altercation with co-host Michael Smith.[4]

On October 27, 2014, ESPN announced that the program would be re-branded as His & Hers on November 3, 2014, after Smith and Hill's ESPN podcast of the same name.[5]

On October 11, 2016, ESPN announced that Smith and Hill had been promoted to hosting a re-launched evening edition of SportsCenter (replacing Lindsay Czarniak, who is going on maternity leave, and will return in a different role at ESPN afterward), beginning on February 6, 2017, and that His & Hers would be eventually discontinued. [6] Its final episode aired on January 6, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blogs with Balls Day 2 Recap: Specific sports, issues and initiatives". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie Announces New Additions Jalen Rose and Hugh Douglas". espnmediazone.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Chris (2 June 2012). "Charissa Thompson on SportsNation: ESPN Replaces Michelle Beadle". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "ESPN Fires Hugh Douglas Following Racial Altercation". Yahoo!. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  5. ^ "ESPN2's "Numbers Never Lie" Will Change to "His & Hers" with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill on November 3". ESPN press release. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Michael Smith, Jemele Hill Will Take Over ESPN’s 6 P.M. ‘SportsCenter’ as Co-Hosts". Variety. Retrieved 9 January 2017.