ESPN Announces 3 New ’30 For 30′ Specials After ‘The Last Dance’

Bruce Lee, Lance Armstrong, and the Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa home run rivalry are getting the “30 for 30” treatment.

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong

ESPN’s The Last Dance, the 10-hour docuseries about Michael Jordan’s iconic championship run with the Chicago Bulls, has become must-see TV for sports-starved fans every Sunday night, all while breaking ratings records.

ESPN is hoping to capitalize on that MJ momentum with three new 30 for 30s that will air Sundays in the weeks after The Last DanceLANCE, Be Water, and Long Gone Summer. The films will be made available on ESPN+ immediately after their premieres, along with the rest of the 30 for 30 library.

Kicking off the trio of new 30 for 30s on Sunday, May 24 will be part one of the two-part film, LANCE, which features unprecedented access to cycling legend Lance Armstrong through new interviews and personal perspective on his inspiring rise and dramatic dip from grace. 

Directed by Marina Zenovich (“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”), Part two of LANCE will premiere the following Sunday, May 31. 

On Sunday, June 7, ESPN debuts the Bruce Lee documentary Be Water, director Bao Nguyen’s intimate and personal look at the life and purpose that motivated the martial arts and pop culture icon.

Finally, on Sunday, June 14, ESPN hopes to hit another documentary home run with  Long Gone Summer, in which director AJ Schnack chronicles Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s storied 1998 home run chase following the 1994 MLB strike. For the first time, both sluggers discuss that hallowed summer at length, including its lasting legacy and undeniable complications of their rivalry.