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New ESPN+ Original Series ‘Tryouts’ Tells Story of High-Stakes Tryouts, Competitions, Auditions

Tryouts, the new ESPN+ Original series, tells the story of real athletes who are putting everything at stake to secure a coveted spot of their dreams.

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A new ESPN+ original series is giving viewers a peek behind the curtain of some of America’s most intense tryouts, competitions, and auditions. Tryouts is a new seven-part series that tells the story of real athletes who are putting everything at stake to secure a coveted spot with the team, group, or organization of their dreams.

Tryouts promises to be an exploration of sacrifice, determination, and raw talent,” says Lindsay Rovegno, senior director of production for ESPN+ Originals. “We’re thrilled to offer audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the trials and triumphs of individuals who dare to chase their dreams and look forward to showcasing the emotional rollercoaster of hope, resilience, and the unyielding pursuit of excellence.”

The series is produced by Left/Right in partnership with ESPN+. Each new episode of Tryouts premieres on Wednesdays exclusively on ESPN+. You can view a full list of episodes, details, and release dates below:

‘Tryouts’ Episode Descriptions & Premiere Dates


Episode 1 (April 10): Long Beach Lifeguards
This is no Hollywood movie. The Long Beach, California Lifeguards are the real deal. To earn a spot on this elite rescue team, candidates must prove they have the physical and mental fortitude to endure the ocean and make quick, lifesaving decisions. Nearly 100 applicants test their abilities in swimming and running, as well as a high-pressure interview to prove they have what it takes to be a Long Beach Lifeguard.

Episode 2 (April 17)Texas Tech Co-Ed Cheer
Texas Tech University Co-Ed Cheer has become one of the nation’s top cheerleading programs, and to make the squad you must be among the most elite. Whether you’re a three-year returner or an incoming freshman, everyone must try out to earn their spot. Hopefuls must overcome fears, doubt, and past mistakes to prove to legendary coach, Bruce Bills, that they can perform up to Texas Tech Cheer standards.

Episode 3 (April 24)Monster Jam
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Four drivers strap in behind the wheel of a 1,500-horsepower, six-ton Monster Truck and go full throttle towards their dream of becoming a Monster Jam driver. Can they handle the jumps, wheelies, and high-octane energy necessary to compete alongside Monster Jam legends, Grave Digger and Max-D? They’ve got one shot to master these machines when trucks fly.

Episode 4 (May 1)Texas Smoke Softball
The Texas Smoke – owned by former MLB star Brandon Phillips – is the latest team in the upstart Women’s Pro Fastpitch softball league.  The Smoke invites 19 players to try out for the final roster in the team’s inaugural season. From past Women’s College World Series stars to small school underdogs, invitees take the field to show they’ve got the game to keep their pro dreams alive.

Episode 5 (May 8)Mark Morris Dance Group
Earning a company position in the Mark Morris Dance Group is a career-defining moment for any dancer. Hundreds of performers arrive in NYC to audition for this highly coveted role. However, company spots rarely open in the Mark Morris Dance Group and the pressure has never been greater for these hopefuls in what may be their only shot to impress the prolific Mark Morris.

Episode 6 (May 15): USA Ultimate
In the international sport of Ultimate, no country has been more dominant than Team USA at the U-24 level. With the World Championships on the horizon, follow four hopefuls as they battle tough conditions, injuries, and the top Ultimate players in the country, to prove they deserve to make the team. See who survives the cut as coaches make final roster decisions on who will represent the U.S. and help bring home yet another gold medal.

Episode 7 (May 22): USA Curling
The top curlers in the U.S. compete in the Mixed Doubles Nationals. All eyes are on U.S. curling legend and Olympic Gold Medalist, John Shuster, but teams led by rising stars (and twin sisters) Taylor and Sara Anderson, and the underdogs anchored by Delaney Strouse, set their sights on America’s Curling king. Only one team will represent America at the World Championship in Korea.

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Report: Scott Van Pelt to Relaunch ‘SVPod’ with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions

This news comes on the heels of ESPN and Omaha Productions announcing a nine-year, multi-platform rights extension through 2034.

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ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt is bringing his ‘SVPod’ podcast back after nine months off. According to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy, Van Pelt has partnered with Peyton Manning and Omaha Productions and along with show co-host ‘Stanford’ Steve Coughlin, they will dop two shows per week. McCarthy also reports that as part of the deal, ESPN will air the video version of the show on their YouTube page.

This news comes on the heels of ESPN and Omaha Productions announcing a nine-year, multi-platform rights extension through 2034. As part of the deal, Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli will continue, which recently attained an average of 1.24 million viewers over its nine-game slate.

The series, which has been on the air for the last three seasons, features former NFL quarterbacks and Super Bowl champions Peyton and Eli Manning who break down the game and welcome several special guests.

Van Pelt’s ‘SVPod’ debuted on January 14, 2020. At that time, Van Pelt was looking for more time to expound on various topics or have longer interviews with topical guests.

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Yahoo Sports Adds Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East as Correspondent

“I’m excited to watch the world’s best athletes compete on the biggest stage and take fans behind the scenes along the way.”

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Yahoo Sports announced is adding Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East as a correspondent for this summer’s games in Paris. Johnson East will be in France to deliver coverage of the gymnastics competition as well as additional moments such as the Opening Ceremony.

She’ll contribute analysis, athlete interviews, and features that bring fans closer to the games’ biggest stories. She’ll also provide reaction to the gymnastics U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June. Johnson East’s coverage will be available across Yahoo Sports platforms and via her social channels. 

“It’s such an honor to be able to return to the Olympics in 2024 with my family for the first time to be an official correspondent for Yahoo Sports,” Johnson East said. “I’m excited to watch the world’s best athletes compete on the biggest stage and take fans behind the scenes along the way.”

Johnson East won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympic balance beam event. She won silver in the team, all-around, and floor exercise events. After retiring from gymnastics in 2012, Shawn has gone on to write a New York Times best-selling book, win Dancing with the Stars, and start a YouTube channel with more than 405 million views and a popular podcast with her husband, Andrew.

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The Dan Patrick Podcast Network Adds Two Jomboy Media Shows

“I love entertainment that surprises and informs, which makes ‘Jimmy’s Three Things’ and ‘Wake N’ Jake’ great additions to my podcast network.”

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iHeartPodcasts, Dan Patrick and Jomboy Media announced a partnership to add the “Jimmy’s Three Things” and “Wake N’ Jake” podcasts to The Dan Patrick Podcast Network, effective immediately.

Co-produced by Patrick, iHeartPodcasts, Workhouse Media and Jomboy Media, “Jimmy’s Three Things” and “Wake N’ Jake” — individually hosted by Jomboy Media co-founders Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien” and Jake Storiale, respectively — are available now on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

In each episode of Jimmy’s Three Things, Jomboy reveals his “3 things” of the week. Wake N’ Jake covers the biggest storylines across the world of sports, including the latest trades, injuries, prospects, draft previews, predictions, and more.

“Dan Patrick’s an originator of the fun-first, fan-driven sports community that Jomboy Media is built upon,” said Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien in a release. “Partnering with his podcast network is a tremendous opportunity to take two of our most fun shows to the new level.”

“I grew up watching Dan Patrick and to be working with him now is a dream.” said Jake Storiale. “It’s really cool to see our company grow in so many organic and surprising ways, and now some of our shows will be hosted on one of the biggest podcast platforms in the country.”

“Moments with Jimmy ‘Jomboy’ O’Brien and Jake Storiale are rarely predictable,” shared Dan Patrick. “I love entertainment that surprises and informs, which makes ‘Jimmy’s Three Things’ and ‘Wake N’ Jake’ great additions to my podcast network.”

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