Bill Simmons’ first talk show will stick close to the Massachusetts native’s roots.
HBO announced Friday that Simmons will interview fellow Boston sports fan Ben Affleck on the debut episode of Any Given Wednesday, the former ESPN writer’s new weekly talk show. Affleck will be joined by NBA analyst Charles Barkley on the premiere, which is set for June 22.
Simmons show will run for 20 episodes. “Spanning pop culture and touching on everything from sports and entertainment to arts and technology, the show will feature intimate conversations with compelling guests each week, while also including field segments and Simmons’ signature commentary on current events,” said HBO in a statement about the new series.