HBO has released a trailer and poster art for its upcoming documentary on skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off will premiere April 5 on HBO and stream on HBO Max. Directed by Sam Jones (who made the 2002 Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, the film chronicles Hawk’s life and career as he became one of skateboarding’s most influential and impactful figures and a name known throughout pop culture.
The documentary will feature unseen archival footage from Hawk’s early days in skateboarding, following his ascension from a teenager to a competitor who pulled off one of the sport’s most difficult tricks — the “900,” a vertical jump with an aerial spin of 2 1/3 revolutions — at the age of 31. The film also chronicles Hawk’s struggles with fame and the constant risk he puts his body through, in addition to the the effects those have on his family.
Check out the trailer:
Anyone familiar with Hawk knows that this documentary isn’t him taking a victory lap or settling down to look back on his life. The 53-year-old continues to skate and take risks. Earlier this week, he told fans on Instagram that he broke his femur in a skating accident and shared photos of the x-rays, along with him standing and walking on the injured leg.
Hawk acknowledged the timing of suffering the injury just before HBO released the trailer for Until the Wheels Fall Off.
“There is a strange irony that this happened on the even of HBO releasing a trailer for Until the Wheels Fall Off, Sam Jones’ documentary about my life & career, which has a strong focus on the philosophy of how I/we do this at our age,” Hawk wrote.
“The answer is complicated, but ultimately it’s because I have found my sense of purpose and shaped my identity through skating, and it nourishes my mental health immensely. I’ve said many times that I won’t stop skating until I am physically unable. A broken leg — with plenty of hardware — will probably be the biggest test of that creed.”
The documentary will also feature a soundtrack sure to appeal to viewers, whether they’re fans of skateboarding or not. Among the artists whose work will be in the film are The Clash, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols, Echo and The Bunnymen, XTC, Oingo Boingo, Pavement, New Order, and The Replacements. That music is sure to reflect the era during which Hawk grew up and reached fame, as well as the culture surrounding his sport.
The poster art for Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off can be seen below:
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off premieres on HBO April 5 and will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.
Tom Millikan Upped To APD of 97.1 The Ticket
“Listeners might not agree with my opinions or show content all of the time, but I genuinely try to produce shows that Detroit sports fans want every single day.”
Congratulations are in order for Tom Millikan. The executive producer of The Morning Show with Stoney and Jansen has been promoted to assistant program director of 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.
“Tom has done an outstanding job as an executive producer and has played a vital role in the success of the station,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Detroit. “He is very deserving of this promotion and we look forward to even greater success with Tom in his new role.”
Millikan has been a steady presence in Detroit sports talk since 1998. He has been with The Ticket since 2012. In that time, he has served as an affiliate relations manager for coverage of the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons. He has also been involved with Michigan Wolverines broadcasts on sister station WWJ AM.
“Throughout my twenty plus years in radio, I’ve been blessed with countless memories of championships and pure joy,” said Millikan. “I’m living out a dream. I wanted to work in sports radio since the format exploded in the early 90s and I’ve been blessed by the tutelage of all of my co-workers and peers. I was born and raised in Detroit and Detroit sports are part of my DNA. Listeners might not agree with my opinions or show content all of the time, but I genuinely try to produce shows that Detroit sports fans want every single day.”
Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN
“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”
The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.
The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.
Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.
Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game
“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”
The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.
Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.