Bill Simmons' new show with HBO debuted this evening. The former ESPN talent will host Any Given Wednesday every Wednesday at 10 p.m. E.T. Tonight's show featured guest appearances by Charles Barkley and Ben Affleck.
The Hollywood Reporter reported earlier this month that HBO was paying Simmons, who's also launched a website (The Ringer), between $7 million and $9 million a year.
We now have more details on Simmons' partnership with HBO.
USA Today is reporting that Simmons has a three-year contract with HBO worth $20 million, a figure that would fall into the earlier report of $7 million to $9 million a year. His first season of Any Given Wednesday will be 20 episodes.
From their report:
The show, taped each Tuesday in a loft-like Hollywood studio, will air for 20 of the next 26 weeks, with 37 more episodes due next year, part of a three-year, $20 million-plus deal. An opening video essay will be followed by a one-on-one interview, a short animation or comedy segment, a topical group chat and a closing piece. (Leftover and newsier material will be available on streaming app HBO Now, and Simmons plans to eventually produce documentaries.) His inspirations range from NBC’s Later With Bob Costas (“it had a really nice vibe”) to HBO’s Dennis Miller Live (“I always liked his interviews”) and Chris Rock’s “excellent” 1990s talk show.
Simmons is also believed to be bringing in more than $5 million a year with his podcast network.
It's a good time to be The Sports Guy, apparently.