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A look at the Giants' new reality show on Showtime

April 4, 2011 | 12:15 pm


After the World Series champs' recent four-game stand in Los Angeles, you have to wonder how the miracle of editing may work its magic in Showtime's new sports reality-based series "The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants."  They lost three of the four games to the Dodgers -- and maybe re-living those moments will be more reality than the Bay Area sluggers can stand.

But the powers that be behind the program, which looks like a welcome baseball complement to HBO's stellar "Hard Knocks" series about pro football, insist good, bad or ugly moments are all fair game in the series.

And, hey, it's not like the Giants didn't know what they were signing up for when the cameras began following them around before spring training. They watch reality TV. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez knows all about the Kardashians, the Real Housewives, and Judge Judy. (The judge is "awesome,"  Sanchez said.)  And Manager Bruce Bochy, who normally is glued to the History and Military channels, frequently sits back with his wife to enjoy "The Bachelor,"  "Survivor," and "The Biggest Loser."  

Showtime will air a half-hour sneak preview of "The Franchise" on April 13, and then the network will air at least six one-hour episodes of the show beginning in mid-July.

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-- Martin Miller

Photo credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press