The Bronx Is Burning

The Bronx Is Burning (stylized as The Bronx is Burning) is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 10, 2007, after the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby. It is an eight-episode mini-series adapted from Jonathan Mahler's best-selling book, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning. The book focuses on baseball's triumph over the turmoil and hysteria of 1977 New York City and how the New York Yankees came to embody the hopes and fears of an unforgettable summer with Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson's warfare under George Steinbrenner's leadership.

The show stars Daniel Sunjata, Oliver Platt, and John Turturro, while executive producers Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola, writer and executive producer James Solomon, and director Jeremiah Chechik work on the show. The series is produced by ESPN Original Entertainment in conjunction with Tollin/Robbins Productions. Filming began on September 18, 2006, in Connecticut and New York. The 2007 debut of the series marked the 30th anniversary of the 1977 World Series win for the Yankees, the first under Steinbrenner. After airing on ESPN, the episodes were placed on ABC on Demand.

The Bronx Is Burning
The Bronx Is Burning
Created byJonathan Mahler
Directed byJeremiah Chechik
StarringJohn Turturro
Oliver Platt
Daniel Sunjata
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)Mike Tollin
Brian Robbins
Joe Davola
Running time60 minutes
Original networkESPN
Original releaseJuly 10 –
August 28, 2007


The central theme of the adaptation is the 1977 New York Yankees against the backdrop of New York City. Yankee superstar Reggie Jackson (Daniel Sunjata) and manager Billy Martin (John Turturro) are locked in a perpetual state of warfare. Jackson was a perfect foil for the scrappy Martin, a popular former Yankee player and reminder of the less complicated past of the team and the city. While owner George Steinbrenner (Oliver Platt) was a autocratic boss, he was also intent on keeping his promise to delivering a World Series title. The show also features subplots concerning the NYPD's pursuit of the Son of Sam serial killer that summer and the devastating blackout and resultant widespread looting in July, all while the city suffered through financial bankruptcy and massive municipal layoffs. Another subplot focused on the 1977 New York City Mayoral race featuring incumbent mayor Abraham Beame, former Congresswoman Bella Abzug, future Governor Mario Cuomo, and Congressman Ed Koch, the eventual winner.

The title refers to an off-the-cuff comment allegedly made by broadcaster Howard Cosell during the ABC telecast of Game Two of the 1977 World Series.[1]

Episodes were filmed in New London, Waterford and Norwich in Connecticut as well as in New York City. The series' soundtrack consisted of songs by The Ramones.


No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Straw"Jeremiah S. ChechikHarley Peyton and Jonathan MahlerJuly 10, 2007
The year is 1977. The New York Yankees are coming off their embarrassing loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1976 World Series. The Son of Sam has killed his first victim. Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner and manager Billy Martin discuss which free agent to sign, settling on Reggie Jackson. As spring training begins, Martin and Steinbrenner argue.
22"Team in Turmoil"Jeremiah S. ChechikGordon Greisman, Michael Lucas, and James D. SolomonJuly 17, 2007
The 1977 season has begun, but the Yankees struggle. Tensions rise between Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson. Meanwhile, the NYPD creates the Omega Task Force to capture the ".44 caliber killer". Also, the election for mayor of New York is heating up. Incumbent mayor Abraham Beame is challenged by Representative Ed Koch, New York Secretary of State Mario Cuomo, and feminist activist Bella Abzug for the Democratic nomination.
33"Time for a Change?"Jeremiah S. ChechikKyle Harimoto, Michael Lucas, and James D. SolomonJuly 24, 2007
During a nationally televised game, Jackson fails to hustle after a ball, setting up a fight in the dugout with Martin. Steinbrenner decides to fire Martin, but is convinced by his players not to do so. The press continues to investigate the Son of Sam. Abzug takes the lead in the mayoral race.
44"The Seven Commandments"Jeremiah S. ChechikGordon Greisman and James D. SolomonJuly 31, 2007
Munson publicizes his discontent with the team in the press. A major blackout covers the city in darkness. Martin and Steinbrenner make a deal regarding Jackson, but he breaks the terms, leading Gabe Paul to ask Dick Howser if he would take over. The NYPD picks up the search as the anniversary of the Son of Sam's first murder approaches.
55"Caught!"Jeremiah S. ChechikGordon Greisman, James D. Solomon, and Jim SterlingAugust 1, 2007
With Jackson batting cleanup, the Yankees go on a hot streak. Following a new lead, the Omega Task Force closes in on the Son of Sam, making the arrest.
66"The Game's Not as Easy as It Looks, Fellas"Jeremiah S. ChechikNick Davis and Gordon GreismanAugust 8, 2007
Ed Koch wins the Democratic primary in the mayoral election, and the Yankees win the division. This emboldens Martin to ask for a contract extension, a request Steinbrenner declines. The Yankees face the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS. Jackson's struggles lead Martin to bench him.
77"Past Combatants"Jeremiah S. ChechikGordon Greisman, James D. Solomon, and Jonathan MahlerAugust 15, 2007
The Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers face off in the World Series. Steinbrenner makes a decision about Martin's future.
88"Mr. October"Jeremiah S. ChechikMichael Lucas and James D. SolomonAugust 22, 2007
Jackson makes history in Game 6 of the World Series.


Actor Role
John Turturro Yankees manager Billy Martin
Daniel Sunjata Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson
Oliver Platt Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
Kevin Conway Yankees president Gabe Paul
Daryl Blonder Yankees batboy Ray Negron
Rob Lavin Yankees pitcher Ken Holtzman
Erik Jensen Yankees catcher Thurman Munson
Loren Dean Yankees back-up catcher Fran Healy
Seth Gilliam Yankees outfielder Paul Blair
Joe Grifasi Yankees bench coach Yogi Berra
Mather Zickel Yankees outfielder Lou Piniella
Alex Cranmer Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles
Evan Hart Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent
Dock Pollard Yankees second baseman Willie Randolph
Lou Provenzano Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry
Darby Brown Yankees designated hitter Cliff Johnson
Jason Kosow Yankees pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Max Casella Yankees third base coach Dick Howser
Leonard Robinson Yankees outfielder Mickey Rivers
Christopher McDonald Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
Tom Wiggin Yankees Hall of Famer Whitey Ford
Robert Ward Himself
Alan Ruck Reporter Steve Jacobson
Josh Pais Reporter Phil Pepe
Dan Lauria Captain Joseph Borelli
Nestor Serrano Detective Kavanaugh
Stephen Lang Deputy Inspector Timothy Dowd
John Mahoney News Reporter (Background Casting)
Casey Siemaszko Detective Welker
Josiah Schlatter Clubhouse attendant
Michael Rispoli Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin
Paul Marini David Berkowitz
Emily Wickersham Suzy Steinbrenner
Russell Woron-Simons Student watching TV
Jason Giambi Taxi cab driver

See also


  1. ^ "Why the Bronx burned". 16 May 2010.

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1977 New York Yankees season

The 1977 New York Yankees season was the 75th season for the Yankees in New York and the 77th season overall for the franchise. The team won the World Series, which was the 21st championship in franchise history and the first championship under the ownership of George Steinbrenner. The season was brought to life years later in the book, turned drama-documentary, The Bronx is Burning.

1977 World Series

The 1977 World Series was the 74th edition of Major League Baseball's (MLB) championship series. The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the New York Yankees, champions of the American League (AL) and defending American League champions, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, champions of the National League (NL). The Yankees defeated the Dodgers, four games to two, to win the franchise's 21st World Series championship, their first since 1962, and the first under the ownership of George Steinbrenner. The Series was played between October 11 and 18, broadcast on ABC.

During this Series, Reggie Jackson earned his nickname "Mr. October" for his heroics. Billy Martin won what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.

Caught (disambiguation)

Caught is a method of dismissing a batsman in the sport of cricket.

Caught may also refer to:

Caught (Margaret Peterson Haddix novel), a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Caught (Coben novel), a 2010 novel by Harlan Coben

Caught (1931 film), a 1931 American Pre-Code Western film

Caught (1949 film), an American drama film

Caught (1996 film), an erotic thriller film

Caught (2015 film), an American psychological thriller film

Caught (TV series), a 2018 Canadian crime drama television series

Caught!, the fifth episode of The Bronx Is Burning

Caught (album), a 1980 album by Teri DeSario

"Caught", a 1988 song by Pseudo Echo from the album Race

Daniel Sunjata

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Dodgers–Yankees rivalry

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Although the rivalry's significance arose from the two teams' numerous World Series meetings, the Yankees and Dodgers have not met in the World Series since 1981. They would not play each other in a non-exhibition game until 2004, when they played a 3-game interleague series. Nevertheless, games between the two teams have become quite popular and draw sellout crowds.

Howard Cosell

Howard William Cosell (; born Howard William Cohen; March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist and author, who was prominent and influential on radio, television and print media from the early 1960s into the mid 1980s. He was also an actor who played minor roles in several TV programs and movies. Cosell was widely known for his blustery, confident personality. Cosell said of himself, "Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There's no question that I'm all of those things." In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell's effect on American sports coverage: "He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting."In 1993, TV Guide named Howard Cosell The All-Time Best Sportscaster in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.In 1996, Howard Cosell was ranked #47 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Jeremiah S. Chechik

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Chechik was nominated for Worst Director at the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards for The Avengers but lost to Gus Van Sant for his remake of Psycho.

In 2007, Chechik directed all eight episodes of The Bronx is Burning. He and producer Michael Birnbaum purchased the screen rights to House of Night, a juvenile vampire book series from authors P. C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast in 2008, but as of 2015 no film has yet gone into production.

His film The Right Kind of Wrong was screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Joe Davola (TV producer)

Joe Davola is an American television and film producer, director and writer. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in Rosedale, New York.

Davola, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins formed production company Tollin/Robbins Productions, which developed and produced a number of successful television series. Some projects include All That, The Amanda Show, The Nick Cannon Show, One Tree Hill, What I Like About You, The Bronx Is Burning, and Smallville.

Davola started his career at MTV as an associate producer and later became one of the channel's top executive producers. He co-created the cult game show Remote Control.

He went on to Fox Broadcasting Company as Senior Vice President of Development, where he developed the Emmy Award-winning shows In Living Color and The Ben Stiller Show. Davola returned to MTV in 1993, where as senior vice president of development and production, he started MTV Films, MTV Home Video and MTV Productions. From MTV he went to DreamWorks Television where he was involved in the development of the hit ABC show Spin City. The character "Crazy" Joe Davola on the sitcom Seinfeld was named after him.Davola and Robbins co-created AwesomenessTV which sold to DreamWorks Animation in May 2013.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City is a book by Jonathan Mahler that focuses on the year 1977 in New York City. First published in 2005, it's described as 'a layered account', 'kaleidoscopic', 'a braided narrative', which weaves political, cultural, and sporting threads into one narrative. It was also the basis for the ESPN mini-series The Bronx Is Burning.

Loren Dean

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Louis Mustillo

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Max Casella

Max Casella (born Maximilian Deitch; June 6, 1963) is an American actor. He is known for his roles on the television series The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Doogie Howser, M.D., Vinyl, Cro and the voice of Daxter in the Jak and Daxter video game series.

Michael Tollin

Michael "Mike" Tollin (born October 6, 1955) is an American film and television producer/director. His career highlights included Radio, Coach Carter, and Varsity Blues. He has created and produced such shows as All That, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, One Tree Hill, Smallville, What I Like About You, The Bronx is Burning, and Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. He is currently the Co-Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media.

Mr. Big Stuff

"Mr. Big Stuff" is a song by American singer Jean Knight. The song was recorded in 1970 at Malaco Studio in Jackson, Mississippi at the same session as "Groove Me" by King Floyd. Knight's single was released by Stax Records because of the persistence of Stax publisher Tim Whitsett, and "Groove Me" by King Floyd, which Whitsett strongly urged Malaco to release, also became a hit. Both songs are defined by two bar, off-beat bass lines and tight arrangements by Wardell Quezergue.Released on Knight's 1971 debut album of the same title, it became a huge crossover hit. The song spent five weeks at no. 1 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, behind "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by The Bee Gees. Billboard ranked it as the No. 18 song for 1971. The song went double platinum and the no. 1 Soul Single of the year.Knight performed the song on Soul Train on December 11, 1971 during its first season. "Mr. Big Stuff" became one of Stax Records' more popular and recognizable hits. It was featured in the 2007 mini-series The Bronx Is Burning. It was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1972 Grammy Awards.

Nick Davis (television and movie producer)

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He is the son of film director Peter Davis and the late Johanna Mankiewicz Davis. His paternal grandparents were the novelist and screenwriter Tess Slesinger and the screenwriter Frank Davis. His maternal grandfather was the screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. His brother, Tim, is a television writer. Davis lives in New York City with his wife, novelist Jane Mendelsohn, and their two daughters.

After graduating from Harvard University, where he was one of the founding members of the improv comedy group On Thin Ice, Davis co-wrote the novel Boone with his friend Brooks Hansen. He then performed improvisational comedy and acting before moving to behind-the camera roles.

Early in his career, Davis co-produced The Language of Life with Bill Moyers for PBS and produced Money and Power: The History of Business for CNBC. Davis also directed the Emmy Award-winning Jack: The Last Kennedy Film in 1993, which was produced with his father.In 1998 he wrote and directed an independent film called 1999.

In 2001, he started Nick Davis Productions and has produced numerous television programs, including Making News, which ran for two seasons on TV Guide Network.

In 2007, he wrote an episode of the ESPN Miniseries The Bronx is Burning.

In 2009, he directed the film Blood, Sweat + Gears, about the 2008 season of Team Slipstream, a cycling team devoted to riding clean and succeeding at the highest level of the sport. The film aired on the Sundance Channel.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in Miniseries or Television Movie.

South Bronx

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