ESPN is reportedly making a big change to its marquee show.
ESPN's 6 p.m. SportsCenter is getting a new look come 2017, according to a report by Variety.
Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, who currently co-host the popular His & Hers, are taking over the early-evening edition of SportsCenter.
From the report:
Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, who have co-hosted “His & Hers” on ESPN2 since June of 2013 and the show was known under a different title, will take the hosting reins at ESPN’s 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” on February 6, 2017, the day after Super Bowl LI. They will replace the broadcast’s current anchor, Lindsay Czarniak, who will go on maternity leave in early November and return next year in a new role that will be announced later. Both hosts have signed new, multi-year deals with the Walt Disney-owned sports network.
ESPN has been playing around with its various SportsCenter shows for the past year or show, trying to customize each one based on the time of day and the expected audience.
Variety detailed what Hill and Smith will attempt to do with the 6 p.m. show:
Smith and Hill will place emphasis on putting sports headlines in context, King said. “By 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the West Coast, we understand that audiences have pretty much come across the headlines that have happened in the course of a day, either through social content, or through mobile or digital content,” said King. “What they actually really need is a sense of why it matters, and a sense of context, as opposed to just news.”
The format of the new “SportsCenter” edition is expected to be more conversational, and feature commentary and opinion from Hill and Smith. The show will continue to set up big sports events of the night with newsmaker and analyst interviews.
ESPN is expected to make an official announcement at some point in the near future. Congrats to Jemele and Michael.