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‘The Late Show’ spoofs ‘The Last Dance,’ imagines 142-episode expansion

“The Last Dance” has been a runaway ratings smash for ESPN, but the 10-part documentary that chronicles Michael Jordan’s legendary career is set to conclude over the next two Sundays.

One has to wonder if the execs at ESPN are panicking over the end of “The Last Dance” given its tremendous success in this current live sports-starved climate. Contemplating as much, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday night spoofed the “The Last Dance” by envisioning what would happen if ESPN expanded the documentary to … 142 episodes?

“The Late Show” imagines the egregiously overwrought documentary series would feature interviews with actor Richard Kind, New York Mets star baseman Pete Alonso and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. What’s more, the docu-series would cover “everything: His shoes, his underwear, his sandwich.”

“One time I had a layover at O’Hare and I go to the McDonalds, and I took one bite. I went, ‘Wow, this man is the greatest basketball player of all time,’” Kind said of his “experience” of eating a McJordan sandwich in the 90s in the mock-doc.

There’s no question that “The Last Dance” has become a cultural phenomenon that transcends sports, in large part due to its compelling subject matter but also because the dearth of quality sports programming with leagues on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That being said, an expansion of the documentary series to 142 episodes obviously would be overkill, to put it mildly.

Or would it?