On April 23, 2019 the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote a feature article on GO/NITRO! You can also read the article here.
By Geoff Herbert | firstname.lastname@example.org
A new sports TV series has been picked up for syndication in the U.S. and Canada after featuring Syracuse women’s basketball.
“Go/Nitro” is a Discovery Channel-style program with a simple premise: Every athlete has a first day. Canadian broadcasters Emily Fulford, a former hockey goalie, and Carolyn Waldo, an Olympic gold medalist, co-host each episode, getting one day to learn a different sport on a professional level with elite athletes.
The latest episode asks: “What would happen if you were drafted to an elite NCAA basketball team with no training?” Former SU women’s basketball stars Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson gave Fulford and Waldo a crash course in their training regimen and basic plays such as pick-and-rolls.
“It’s okay to be nervous. You just have to know time and score,” Sykes explains in part one of seven, which debuted Thursday on YouTube. Part two will be released this Thursday.
New segments are released every Thursday at 4 p.m. ET at youtube.com/skycron. Other “Go/Nitro” episodes have featured NASCAR and Indy 500 racer Alex Tagliani and former Green Bay Packers and CFL quarterback Henry Burris, along with Olympic fencing, hockey, squash and superbikes.
Episodes were filmed over the past two years; the basketball scenes were shot in Syracuse back in 2017. Sykes and Peterson have since gone on to play in the WNBA.
“NASCAR and the Syracuse Orange were the very first organizations that really got the show,” series producer Cory Carlick said in a press release. “They were fantastic with us.”
According to Carlick, the SKYCRON-produced show was first formatted for YouTube, but has aired nationally in Canada through Bell Media, which co-owns ESPN’s sister network TSN with the Walt Disney Company.
“Go/Nitro” has now been picked up for national syndication in the U.S. by New York City based JPI, which is responsible for distributing programming and content for ESPN, MSG and FOX sports. CBS Television Distribution handles getting the show to all the affiliates for JPI, Carlick said.
A European distribution agreement is also in the works. The show is filmed in English, French, and Spanish. Additional information is available at gonitro.tv.
A new action-adventure TV series set and filmed in Syracuse has landed a distribution deal — that may remove the show from Syracuse altogether.
This isn’t the first time Carlick has shown an interest in Syracuse. He previously filmed a TV pilot for “The Undersigned,” a Robin Hood-esque series about follows three women hired by Syracuse police as an elite unit to catch criminals, but give stolen money they recover to the Vera House shelter. Scenes were filmed in Ottawa and Central New York, including at the Landmark Theatre, Vera House, Syracuse University, NewsChannel 9 WSYR’s TV studio and the John C. Dillon Public Safety Building in Syracuse.