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“Audrey came into my office and said, ‘Look, I did this audio pilot with TK and EJ and would you take a listen to it,’” Barry said. “She said she really wanted to do a podcast of the history of the show. It took all of about 90 seconds to process it. I said, ‘Why would we want it to be audio? Why would it be a podcast? Why wouldn’t we create a documentary around this?’ At that point, I didn’t know if it would be 60 minutes, two hours, and I definitely wasn’t thinking a four-hour doc. I challenged her to go back and sketch out what a potential documentary would look like. That’s exactly what she did. She came back with a plan and said we can do this and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ And that was the origin of the documentary.”
Martin’s idea culminates this week in a four-part, four-hour documentary called “The Inside Story,” which examines the evolution of the show and its lead cast members — Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. The documentary runs from Thursday to Sunday and comes in four parts: Episode One (“The Traffic Cop”) focuses on Johnson and airs following the Heat-Pelicans game on Thursday night. Episode Two (“The Role Player”) highlights Smith and airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Episode 3 (“The Entertainer”) centers on Barkley’s role on the show and airs Saturday at 9 p.m. Episode 4 (“The Little Brother”) focuses on O’Neal and airs immediately following the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
Three years ago, Audrey Martin, a senior digital producer at Turner Sports, walked into the office of Craig Barry, the chief content officer at Turner Sports, and presented him with an idea for a podcast series focusing on the history of the program. “Three years ago, when we knew the 30th anniversary of ‘Inside the NBA’ was fast approaching, we wanted to find a way to celebrate the longevity of the show,” Martin said. “Given the fact that I was actually born in 1989, there was so much about the history of ‘Inside’ that I didn’t know. I assumed that had to be a story fans would love to hear as well. The original idea was to release an oral history as a podcast. We sat (host) Ernie (Johnson) and TK (longtime show producer Tim Kiely) down in a sound studio for what was supposed to be a 30-minute conversation. They talked for almost two hours, laughing and sharing stories of how the show came to be. I immediately knew we had something special.”
Fans of the show will appreciate the culling of 3o-plus years of footage. Barry said the doc’s co-executive producer and Turner Sports creative director Drew Watkins was an advocate of breaking the story into four chapters, likening the evolution of the show to jazz, with one on-air staffer adding improvisation to create a new sound to the show. “Because of the way each of them came in and joined the show, which was years apart from each other, that was the obvious delineation of when the show changed,” Barry said. “Each of the entrances of the primary talents — and Ernie becoming host after the merry-go-round of hosts — were the most pivotal moments in the show’s history. We thought that it made sense for those to be the delineation of the four episodes.”