Championship Teams Set to Air on March 11 at 8:00pm ET
Former Duke All-Americans Grant Hill and Christian Laettner are teaming up with Turner Sports to offer viewers an inside look at one of the most-storied college basketball programs in the history of the game. The first-of-its-kind documentary for Turner Sports, DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back will air on truTV on NCAA Selection Sunday, March 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET in advance of Turner Sports’ and CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, which airs exclusively on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. A first look at footage from the film is now available at http://www.ncaa.com/duke9192.
An hour-long documentary, DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back will revisit 1991 and 1992, when the Blue Devils became the first school to win back-to-back National Championships in nearly 20 years highlighting the team’s journey to back-to-back titles. Key moments featured in the film include the upset win over the undefeated UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in the 1991 Final Four®, Laettner’s buzzer-beating jump shot against Kentucky in the East Regional Final in 1992, the repeat national title win over the “Fab Five” of Michigan and the emotional and unforgettable 20-year reunion that took place where it all began – Cameron Indoor Stadium.
It offers viewers a unique perspective of those historic seasons by examining the key players, Hall of Fame coach and memorable moments from an era that helped set the stage for the school’s reign as college basketball’s most influential and successful program, on and off the court, of the last 20 years. Along with Hill and Laettner, DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back includes interviews with former Duke Blue Devils Clay Buckley, Ron Burt, Marty Clark, Bobby Hurley, GregKoubek and ErikMeek, filmed when they returned to Durham, N.C. in September 2011 on the eve of the Duke Hall of Fame Induction of point guard Bobby Hurley, the Most Outstanding Player of the 1992 Final Four®, and Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Other celebrated figures from the world of college basketball are also featured in the documentary, including legendary Duke head coach “Coach K,” former Indiana head coach Bob Knight, CBS Sports analysts Billy Packer, Jim Nantz and Seth Davis, former Kentucky forward Jamal Mashburn, former LSU center Shaquille O’Neal, former UNLV star Stacey Augmon and many others.
DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back is produced and directed by Amy Unell and Madeleine Sackler. An Emmy® Award-nominated and former TODAY Show producer, Unell recently teamed up with Grant Hill to produce the documentary, Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story. Sackler, director of the acclaimed documentary The Lottery, was on the shortlist for the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary.
truTV is television’s destination for real-life stories told from an exciting and dramatic first-person perspective. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, the network is enjoying its best deliveries ever in key demographics. truTV features high-stakes, action-packed originals that give viewers access to places and situations they can’t normally experience. truTV’s original series include Hardcore Pawn, Full Throttle Saloon, Lizard Lick Towing, Storage Hunters, Impractical Jokers, Operation Repo, South Beach Tow, All Worked Up, Black Gold and World’s Dumbest… truTV is also the cable home of the popular series Wipeout. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. During the daytime, the channel features expert trial coverage under the name In Session.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
About StoryTales Productions
StoryTales Productions (storytalesproductions.com) is a multimedia production company established by Emmy Nominated Producer Amy Unell that focuses on telling stories that inspire, motivate, and educate. Unell produced the feature documentary, Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story, along with Executive Producers Grant Hill and Ann Rubenstein Tisch. Unell is the author of the book, “Starting at the Finish Line”, to be published by Perigee/Penguin Group USA in Summer 2012.
About Great Curve Films
Great Curve Films is a New York City based production company that produces short and long-form multimedia content. Founded by Madeleine Sackler, Great Curve Films produced and released The Lottery (www.thelotteryfilm.com) and is currently in production on the feature documentaries Unstable Elements, with executive producer Sir Tom Stoppard, and DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back.
About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports’ television line-up includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company’s digital portfolio includes SI.com, NASCAR.COM, NCAA.com, PGATOUR.COM, GOLF.com and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.