Every year from 1975 to 1999 HBO carried Wimbledon Tennis with commentary handled by pros like, Billie Jean King, Brian McKay, Jim Lampley and others. But, oh times have changed and HBO is treating tennis quite differently today. Now HBO is giving it the comedy treatment with something called 7 DAYS IN HELL. HBOWatch told you this was in the works way back in July of last year. It shows up on HBO’s line-up this July. Here are the details straight from a Press Release:
The exclusive HBO presentation 7 DAYS IN HELL will debut SATURDAY, JULY 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), during the second weekend of this year’s Wimbledon tournament. This outrageous sports “documentary” brings together Andy Samberg and Kit Harington for a look back at a pair of fictional players from the not-too-distant past, who played on the longest and greatest tennis match of all time: a seven-day, five-set marathon that took literally everything out of them. In addition to highlights (and lowlights) from the match, the special looks back at the lives and careers of the competitors: Aaron Williams (Samberg), a hyper-malcontent, and Charles Poole (Harington), a dim-witted prodigy who carried England’s hopes for a tennis champion on his shoulders.
HBO bills this as a comedy special but it is not the only comedic look at sports as of late. We know Will Ferrell will put his comedic spin honoring baseball sometime before the end of 2015’s baseball season and top comedians like Bill Maher, Chris Rock and Billy Crystal have invaded REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL with sports related rants.
7 DAYS IN HELL brings tennis back to HBO on 07.11. We will have to wait for further promotional information, including a trailer, as the summer moves on, but get ready to get your game on at the manicured lawns of Wimbledon with Samberg and Harington.