Showtime Cameras Moving to Greener Pastures for Season 2 of 'The Franchise'

Troy NelsonContributor IIIJanuary 12, 2012

The San Francisco Giants are so 2010.

Showtime is moving on to greener pastures after following the World Champs last season in its inaugural cable television docu-series, The Franchise.

On Tuesday, the network said that it plans to shoot a second season of its popular series with an announcement on which team will be in the Showtime spotlight coming as early as Thursday.

According to Stuart Levine at, the series will likely focus on a new team in 2012. That means the Showtime cameras won’t be anywhere near Brian Wilson‘s beard, Aubrey Huff‘s credit card, or Freddy Sanchez‘s kitchen-turned-tricycle-track (Purchase the DVD set if you don’t understand that last sentence, chief).

The Franchise did surprisingly well last summer, drawing approximately 650,000 viewers a week.

I, for one, enjoyed the series. It was cool to see a lighter side of the players who banded together for a pretty magical run in 2010.

Whether or not The Franchise became a distraction for the 2011 team, is a topic that’s debatable.

In an interview a few weeks ago, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy hinted that he was not sad to see the Showtime crew pack it up last fall.