Emmy Winner Criticizes Michael Jordan Doc

Emmy Winner Criticizes Michael Jordan Doc

ESPN’s Michael Jordan docuseries “The Last Dance” has reeled in an average of over six million fans as its first four episodes have premiered on the network over the past two Sundays. That record-breaking number of fans does NOT include Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Burns reveals that he hasn’t watched “The Last Dance” and he fundamentally disagrees with how it was made.

Michael Jordan’s production company, Jump 23, is listed as a partner on the series, meaning that he could have had some say in how it portrayed him. Burns said that he would “never, never, never, never” agree to a partnership like that on a documentary.

“If you are there influencing the very fact of it getting made, it means that certain aspects that you don’t necessarily want in aren’t going to be in, period,” he said. “And that’s not the way you do good journalism…and it’s certainly not the way you do good history, my business.”

He added that it is “the opposite direction of where we need to be going” in the filmmaking world.

If this is the first time you've heard of Ken Burns...

Burns won an Emmy for his own sports miniseries BASEBALL. The series debuted on PBS in September of 1994, during the Major League Baseball strike, and a canceled season that saw the first skipped World Series in nearly 100 years. Now, with the Major League Baseball season again in jeopardy, PBS has made the series available free to stream at PBS.org and the PBS Video app. Click here to watch the series in its entirety.


Episodes 5 and 6 of the ten-part series premiere this Sunday at 8 pm Central. Here's a quick preview:

Check back here at screenmag.com for updates and more as THE LAST DANCE continues throughout the month.