When it was announced that the noted ESPN personalities Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre were going to have a TV show back in May of 2017, the expectations were set high. For good reason, mind you. Jones and Torre had been industry staples for years now, both appearing on a number of ESPN programming including Around the Horn, Pardon The Interruption, and Highly Questionable. They both exhibited a talent for sports knowledge and wit. Viewers and listeners alike have been drawn to the two for their individual level of intelligence and comedic timing. The buzz around the show had been palpable and the excitement for the show came to head after a year in the making.
High Noon (9 a.m. Pacific) made its long awaited debut this past Monday.
In an interview with Viceland’s Desus & Mero, when talking about his new show with Pablo, High Noon (9 a.m. Pacific), Bomani Jones admitted that he and his friend were, “In this for the jokes.” From the moment the show premiered, it was apparent that the sentiment would ring true. The show began with hilarious conversation about an interaction Bomani had with fake Odell Beckham Jr. in New York. As he recounts the situation, Pablo laughs along and adds another witty comment on the topic. The opener of the show set the tone for High Noon. The show gives an insight into the phenomenal friendship that the two have. They continually cracked jokes, giggled, and dished on a number of sports topics. They came off as relaxed, showcasing the talent and personality that has made them so popular.
The show, created by PTI‘s Erik Rydholm, is far more ambitious and experimental than the other shows in the industry. High Noon employs far more cameras than the usual show (8 rather than 4), providing interesting perspective and angles unlike any that we’ve seen before. The A-block is longer than other sports-talk shows, allowing for Torre and Jones to banter and carry on captivating dialogue. They are able to flex their conversational muscle during this time, which should serve them well in the future.
The show also utilizes a unique, western background music that creates a sort of dramatic feel. The music acts as sort of foil to the overall lighthearted nature of the conversation. It has a cinematic feel, departing from the usual nature in which live TV is filmed and presented. It’s widescreen aspect ratio made the show feel important, making High Noon feel like an event, something that you had to see. It differentiated itself from the rest of the industry in distinct ways that should lead them to future success.
The most important part of the show is that it allows Bomani and Pablo to be free and creative. Each topic in the A-block begins with take from one of them, and then they just have a conversation. It’s refreshing. It’s not really an argument, there is not a lot of yelling. It comes off as a funny conversation between two really good friends who happen to be really smart. High Noon is a sports show that does not act as a sports show. The best segments of the show’s opening week were “Crawfish vs. Crayfish” (Crawfish is correct), and the quote and number segments that deal with quick tidbits from the sports world that they turn into witty and entertaining content.
ESPN’s newest program’s first week was very promising. The show is fresh and features two of the most exciting personalities that the company has. It is well on its way to become one of the best shows that ESPN has. PTI‘s Tony Kornheiser once said that Torre and Jones would take over his show one day. However, it is apparent that the pair is on their way to carving out their very own space in the industry.