Showtime Takes Swing At Marlins For New ‘Franchise' Season

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The new-look Florida Marlins will be the subject of the second season of Showtime and Major League Baseball Productions' The Franchise documentary series, the pay TV channel announced Monday.

The series, which debuted last summer with a behind-the-scenes look at the San Francisco Giants, will follow the Marlins as they welcome several new players in Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Carlos Zambrano; a new manager in Ozzie Guillen; new uniforms and a new stadium, said network officials.

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The series' debut date has not been set, according to network officials.

"Miami is not only one of the most sexy and cosmopolitan cities in the country, but has become one of the best sports towns as well," said David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. in a statement. "The Franchise has worked for us because it appeals to both the hard core sports fan as well audiences interested in compelling unscripted drama. A newly rebuilt Miami Marlins franchise full of big player personalities, and led by the larger-than-life Ozzie Guillen, are an ideal team for season two of The Franchise."

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