It's been almost eight months since we heard any news about the upcoming series from The Onion Sports Network, but today we've got the official title, a description, a logo, a promo image and a premiere date. To celebrate, I'm typing this while wearing those big foam #1 things on both hands and soaking in a tub full of human growth hormone.
Anyway, as you can see from the logo above, the show is called Onion SportsDome, and it will premiere Tuesday, January 11 at 10:30pm / 9:30c, right after the third season premiere of Tosh.0. After the jump, you can read a lengthy description of the show (SPOILER ALERT: It sounds awesome) from the official press release, but first, here's your first look at anchors Mark Shepard and Alex Reiser.
"SportsDome" is the signature show of the Onion Sports Network, which has grown from a humble UHF channel purchased as a tax dodge and a way to profit from The Onion’s vast footage library of women’s beach volleyball, into the undisputed global sports leader it is today. "SportsDome" is now the number one destination for fans seeking game reports, insight from former players and theme music heavy on bell tones and bendy guitar riffs. With its total access to the inside of sports and pulse-pounding coverage, it has become impossible to be a sports fan without being a fan of the "Dome."
The show is co-anchored by Mark Shepard and Alex Reiser. Reiser earned a seat at the "SportsDome" desk in 1995 after working his way up from the mailroom, showing the persistence needed to repeatedly knock on the office door of the VP of OSN programming and shout highlights from the night before at the top of his lungs. Mark Shepard has been with "SportsDome" since 2005, when he parlayed the suicide of a World Backgammon Championships commentator into his first on-air appearance, impressing producers enough to install him behind the storied "SportsDome" anchor desk.
Shepard and Reiser are joined by the venerable "Dome" crew, including Senior sports insider Reggie Greengrass, who needs nine BlackBerries to hold the phone numbers of all the athletes he knows; update anchor Melissa Wells, who holds more journalism degrees than the rest of her colleagues put together; “Wish Zone” host Jay Woodworth, who makes terminally-ill children’s dreams come true as long as they are sports-related; analyst Doc Webb, who holds the SportsDome record for the number of athletes he’s referred to as “overpaid garbage;" and investigative reporter Marc Howell, who, mines sports’ most tragic elements for awards and ratings gold.