Esquire Network has ordered a second season of its controversial Friday Night Tykes. The announcement coincides with tonight’s special 90-minute 9 PM ET/PT episode of the docu-series, Tackling Tykes, featuring first-season coaches and parents, former NFL coaches and players, youth football leaders, psychologists, trainers and neurologists who discuss safety, coaching and the role of youth football, hosted by The Insider’s Kevin Frazier. The show was criticized by some, and and two coaches featured in the show were suspended over scenes in the first season — one for telling his players to hit an opponent in the head, and another for leading his 8- and 9-year-old players in a profane cheer. “The first season of Friday Night Tykes sparked a national debate about competitive youth sports, and we think it’s important to continue that discussion with a second season of the series,” Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming at Esquire Network said in today’s announcement, by way of explaining the second-season pick-up. “At its heart [the program] is a series about parenting – and the question about hard we should push our children is an incredibly relevant one for parents across America.”
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.