The wait is over. The Minnesota mixed martial arts scene finally returns to the tube tonight when Mike Reilly's "Combat Sports Weekly" hits Charter channel 87 at 10 p.m.
It's a project Reilly has been working on for months, and it finally is coming to fruition tonight. We tracked down Reilly to find out how much went into the first episode and what we can expect over the next 52 weeks from Combat Sports Weekly.
Mike, how much time did you put into the first episode?
REILLY: Oh man, I would say, for this episode, it's tough to say because I was planning all the other episodes as well, but I'd say about 100 hours. But I was collecting footage for other shows. A lot of my time was spent learning formatting and getting things the way I wanted them. A lot of learning was involved with the first one, and hopefully that learning will make the second show and so on a lot easier. But I knew I'd have to put a lot of time into it if it was going to be the quality I wanted.
You've had a show on TV before. When was that and what did you do well with that show and what went wrong with that show? In other words, what did you learn and why did that show fall short?
REILLY: We did a show that went along with the Crucible tournament last year on the CW. I think there really wasn't the funding possibilities at the CW. The air time was expensive, and we didn't have the driver ads we have now with Charter. There were just a lot of problems on the business side. On the actual show side, I feel like I've learned my craft a lot better since then. We were trying to show a lot of fights on the first show, and I don't think we went far enough into the personalities of the individual fighters. We didn't cast a wide enough net, as far as showing the stories we wanted to tell. Plus, I think there were