"The Journey" review

You never know what you are going to get with reality TV. ESPN tried a couple of shows that fizzled, especially the lame "Dream Job." And yet, it canceled the very watchable "Playmakers." Makes no sense to me.

I had seen the Minnesota basketball version of "The Journey" last winter. It was a quality show that certainly had the most appeal in Jesse Ventura land.

This fall, the Big Ten Network turned its attention to Illinois football. I was a bit surprised that Ron Zook agreed to it, but so far it looks like a good move. The first show presented the coach and the team in a positive light. Brit Miller had great moments. But I can't find a reason to complain about a single moment of the deal. The pictures were crisp. The quality was top notch. The hour went too fast, which is always a good sign. Kind of like when you're watching "24" and you hate it when the final few minutes tick off.

I'll be back to watch again. It's an obvious must for Illinois fans, but you have to figure other fans in the league will be watching too. If for no other reason than to come up with material for when the Illini visit. Wonder if Miller will hear about mustache day during the season? Ummm, yes.

The second segment will deal with the Illinois-Missouri game and will also follow Juice Williams to his Champaign home. That ought to be interesting.

 

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