New show “Hail Mary” to premiere on Citytv

Documentary will explore CFL hopefuls from Canada and the U.S.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

In a new 11-part series debuting on Citytv, the half-hour episodes of "Hail Mary" will look at a handful of football players from Canada and south of the border who are vying for a place in the Canadian Football League.

Slated to air in a few weeks, the new show follows Edmonton Eskimos GM Eric Tillman, assistant GM Paul Jones, and head coach Kavis Reedas as they search for six new players for the starting line-up.

“'Hail Mary' gives viewers a rare look at the challenges athletes face in pursuit of a career in professional sports,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming at Rogers Media Broadcasting, in an official press release. “With a distinctly Canadian angle, the series delves into the stories of regular men battling against all odds to achieve their dream.”

Added Len Rhodes, President and CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos, "This series is going to be a great opportunity to give not only our current fans but new fans as well a really unique behind-the-scenes look at the team. The insight that the show will provide is going to be real, it’s going to be authentic, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

The new original series is produced by Anaïd Productions in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and assistance of the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund and the Canadian Film and Video Production Tax Credit Program. 

"Hail Mary" starts September 15th at 10pm.