Brace for impact: Seve The Movie has (at least temporarily) bumped Tin Cup from Golf Channel's prime time.
Pointing to a pair of Tuesday morning airings as assurance that character actors Gary McCord, Peter Jacobsen and John Cook will still receive their normal residuals, the Tin Cup team has assured us fans they will be back. The team suggested a comeback is in order once everyone sees how Seve The Movie lacks the layered roles, original plot twists and the nuanced writing making Ron Shelton's 1996 film a Golf Channel staple.
"We stand by our timeless story and the many, many lives changed by better understanding the plight of struggling mid-90s mini-Tour players," the cast and crew said in a statement. "We know that Cheech Marin's supporting performance remains one of the Academy's great oversights and we're confident the many Golf Channel airings have proven this. However, we wish nothing but the best for Seve The Movie."
While Tin Cup is entirely fictional, Seve The Movie (8 pm ET, Tuesday March 7) is a "docudrama" that sounds utterly fascinating. From the Golf Channel description:
Combining archival footage with dramatic recreations, the film will delve into the life of the beloved Spaniard from his young upbringing – where at age six he taught himself the game with a broken 3-iron strapped to a stick – to becoming the top-ranked golfer in the world.
Ballesteros was one of the sport’s leading figures from the mid-1970’s to the 1990s. He won more than 90 international tournaments in his career, including five major championships, and is widely regarded as playing a leading role in the re-emergence of European golf by helping the European Ryder Cup team to five wins both as a player and a captain. In 2011, Ballesteros passed away at age 54 after a long bout with brain cancer.
The Guardian's Ewan Murray gave the 2014 film a rave review.
Here is director John-Paul Davidson explaining the project and what Seve meant to him.
In other news to keep an eye on for Tin Cup's diehard fans, Golf Channel is debuting "The Making of Tommy's Honour" immediately following Seve The Movie. Tommy's Honour hits theaters this April.
From the release and note Jordan and Shawn Spieth's role in the show:
Golf Channel will take a behind-the-scenes look into the Making of Tommy’s Honour, a historical drama based on the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris – the father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf – in a half-hour special airing tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Tonight’s behind the scenes special will include interviews with the cast, director Jason Connery, producers and key crew. Jordan Spieth and his father, Shawn, also will be a part of the special, dressed in the wardrobe of the “Morris era,” playing a round of golf with replica hickory golf clubs and discussing what it would have been like to play in that era. Tommy’s Honour, which premiered in 2016 in the U.K. and won the Best Feature Film Award at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards, is scheduled to make its U.S. theatrical debut on Friday, April 14.
Here is Seve The Movie's trailer: