'The Last Dance' Extra Episode: Special Follow-up 'After the Dance' to Air on ESPN and ABC

Over the last four weeks, The Last Dance has captured the attention of sports fans across the world and developed into a pop culture phenomenon transcending basketball's borders.

With the coronavirus pandemic grinding sports to a halt across the world, ESPN's 10-part documentary chronicling Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls has provided some much-needed relief for fans who have been starved of live sports for the last two months.

Unfortunately, the effects of the metaphorical shot in the arm are about to vanish as the final two episodes of the documentary will hit the screen on Sunday. That, however, will not be the last we see of The Last Dance, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

To prevent withdrawal symptoms, ESPN and ABC have announced a one-hour special hosted by ESPN's First Take analyst Stephen A. Smith looking back on the biggest takeaways of the documentary will be broadcast early next week, two days after the conclusion of the documentary.

After the Dance With Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special will air on May 19 at 8 p.m. ET on both ESPN and ABC.

Smith will be joined on the show by Magic Johnson, who has featured among the interviewees during the first episodes of The Last Dance, and a number of yet unspecified NBA greats.

ABC did not confirm who will feature on the show, but in a cryptic tweet hinted a surprise may be in store.

"You never know who might show up," the network tweeted along with a picture of Jordan celebrating the 1991 NBA title with his teammates.

The panel will discuss the biggest takeaways of the 10-part series, which has proved to be hugely successful so far. Based on initial Nielsen reporting, the first eight episodes have averaged 5.6 million viewers, a figure 57 percent higher than that recorded by the next-closest documentary debut on ESPN You Don't Know Bo in 2012.

On Sunday, Episode 7 and 8 averaged 5.3 million and 4.9 million viewers respectively and the first episodes of the documentary all feature among ESPN's 10-most viewed sports telecasts since the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed world sports in mid-March.

Meanwhile, the first six episodes averaged 12.2 million views when including on-demand, DVR viewing and encore presentations

Directed by Jason Hehir, The Last Dance was originally scheduled to premiere in June, but with the NBA and other major leagues suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak ESPN opted to move the release date up to April 19.

Tuesday's SportsCenter special will be the last chance to delve into what has been one of the most successful sports documentaries in recent times. From Wednesday onward, fans desperate for a live sport fix will have to turn to the Korean baseball league or the German's Bundesliga as the wait for the NBA and MLB to return goes on.

Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson
Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (L) guarding the Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson during the first quarter of Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. Bettmann/Getty
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