2008 CABLE SHOW: ION Adds Pair Of New Series To Summer Lineup

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ION Media Networks Monday announced a pair of content deals with NFL Films and MSG Media to bolster its daily programming lineup.

Stories of the NFL, a behind-the-scenes look at the “inspirational stories and lives of NFL players on and off the field” will debut Monday, June 2 and will air daily at 8 p.m. on ION Life.

The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden, an Emmy Award-winning documentary series chronicling “the most celebrated moments in the world’s most famous arena” will be broadcast each Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning June 15.

“Both of these series fit perfectly within ION Life’s brand promise to celebrate life’s most positive moments,” Marc Zand, senior vice president, Digital Networks, ION Media Networks, said in a statement. “These programs showcase how to live with a purpose and a passion, and they will captivate viewers of any age with inspirational stories.”

Produced by NFL Films, each half-hour episode of Stories of the NFL incorporates candid interviews, action-packed footage, original music and award-winning cinematography. Viewers will hear coaches and players weigh in on topics ranging from individual players’ fortitude in overcoming odds, to the special relationship between fans and their teams, to a more earnest look at African-American football history and the psychological toughness of NFL players.

The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden provides an exclusive look into the most notable events that have taken place at the world’s most famous arena. Some highlights from the Garden’s rich tradition and history include such iconic occasions as the 1974 Elton John/John Lennon concert that proved to be Mr. Lennon’s last, the uplifting 9/11 benefit concert that touched the nation, the Ali-Frazier “Fight of the Century” and the Hurricane Katrina benefit concert that raised an unprecedented $8 million.