Love Them Or Hate Them: Apple TV Brings New England Patriots Docuseries ‘The Dynasty’

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Apple TV is bringing a docuseries that details the rise and reign of the NFL team, The New England Patriots, in The Dynasty television event.

Love them, hate them, it is undeniable that this recent generation of football greats is dominated by the New England Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady for successive Super Bowl wins.

And like last century’s dominant “love them hate them” force the Dallas Cowboys, that team’s coach too was a figure etched in sports history and who is well remembered.

The scuttle in sports is that Brady may be retired for the moment, but according to NFL Network analyst Mike Giardi, he’s far from done with football.

Apple TV brings The Dynasty.

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Apple has ordered The Dynasty, a new documentary event series about the New England Patriots, from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries, in association with NFL Films. The 10-part docuseries is based on the New York Times bestselling book by author Jeff Benedict.

The filmmakers had unprecedented access to the New England Patriots, with Benedict spending two years inside the organization and chronicling the rise and 20-year run of the Patriots during the Brady-Belichick-Kraft era.

The documentary series is directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Matthew Hamachek and promises to go deep into the mythos, drawing on thousands of hours of never-before-seen video footage and audio files from the Patriots organization’s archive.

In a press statement to TV Shows Ace, Apple TV says:

“The filmmakers have also been given access to the organization during the 2021 season and are conducting hundreds of interviews with past and present Patriots players, coaches, and executives, along with league officials and the arch-rivals of the most dominant sports dynasty of the 21st century.”

Creatives behind the event

The series is from Imagine Documentaries in association with NFL Films is executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Jenna Millman, and Hamachek and Benedict. Miranda Johnson serves as the co-executive producer.

This docuseries is part of a growing lineup of unscripted sports docuseries on Apple TV+, including the soon-to-premiere Magic Johnson event series, They Call Me Magic.

At the recent Television Critics Association press tour, Magic Johnson described his effort as not a repeat of The Last Dance’s docuseries. He said: “This is about my family and this is about me being a businessman. I have so many incredible people involved in terms of business partners and political leaders, and celebrities. So it’s a life journey. It’s totally different because Michael [Jordan], really his just focused on his basketball. You’ll see all phases of my life, and also me giving back, talking about when I announced HIV 30 years ago. So it’s so many different things that you’re going to get out of this documentary, and it’s totally different from Last Dance.”

Also slated are a new docuseries about basketball sensation Makur Maker; Greatness Code, a short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world; and a docuseries around the World Surf League.


April Neale

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