With The Last Dance now in our rear-view mirror (the finale aired Sunday night), what can sports fans (assuming live games aren’t on the horizon) look forward to next? We know ESPN has plenty more 30 for 30s on tap this summer—Lance Armstrong, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roy Halladay will all be featured on upcoming docs—and now Apple TV+ is apparently taking its own crack at the sports long-form genre.
The streaming service announced its upcoming Greatness Code, a new series produced by Uninterrupted—led by LeBron James and his long-time business partner Maverick Carter—and Religion of Sports—a company co-founded by NFL stars Tom Brady and Michael Strahan.
Directed by Gotham Chopra, who collaborated with Brady on previous docs Tom vs. Time and Religion of Sports, Greatness Code promises a window into the lives of seven world-class athletes—LeBron, Brady, U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan, snowboarding legend Shaun White, Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, world-record sprinter Usain Bolt and champion surfer Kelly Slater. The series’ first season will be comprised of seven mini-episodes with “each examining a pivotal moment that defined an athlete’s career.” There’s plenty to explore on the Brady front—TB12 just moved his home base to Tampa Bay following a 20-year run in Foxboro—and LeBron’s ongoing quest to lead the Lakers back to championship glory presents an equally compelling narrative.
The success of recent Apple TV+ docs including the Beastie Boys Story (met with rave reviews upon its digital release last month) only raises the stakes for Greatness Code, a strong premise that should benefit from the immense star power of its loaded cast. Though it likely won’t compare to the cultural phenomenon of The Last Dance (which averaged a whopping 5.6 million viewers over its 10-episode run on ESPN), LeBron and Brady’s new series should draw plenty of eyes when it debuts on July 10.