Time Warner Cable SportsNet enters second season as the local television home of the Los Angeles Lakers

Network will air 78 live Lakers games this season and continue award-winning programming; “Backstage: Lakers” season premiere is tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.

EL SEGUNDO, CA (September 24, 2013) – Time Warner Cable SportsNet has unveiled its coverage plans for the 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers season as the network nears its one year anniversary. Time Warner Cable SportsNet will televise 78 live Lakers games this season and continue its award-winning programming, which is headlined by the behind-the-scenes documentary series “Backstage: Lakers” and studio shows “Access SportsNet: Lakers” and “#LakeShow.” Highlights of the coming weeks’ Lakers programming on Time Warner Cable SportsNet are below.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet programming
Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. Season premiere of 2013-14 “Backstage: Lakers”
Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. “#LakeShow” returns
Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. Lakers Media Day LIVE from Toyota Sports Center
Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. First LIVE Lakers pre-season game, with live programming starting at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15 at 4:30 a.m. LIVE Lakers preseason game against the Golden State Warriors in Beijing, China
Thursday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. Season premiere of 2013-14 “Laker Girls”
Friday, October 18 at 4:30 a.m. LIVE Lakers preseason game against the Golden State Warriors in Shanghai, China

Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz return to call Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Mike Trudell will again be the network’s sideline reporter. Studio programs will be led by NBA Hall of Famer and Lakers legend James Worthy, Lakers legend Robert Horry and Time Warner Cable SportsNet hosts Chris McGee, Jaime Maggio and Dave Miller. Lakers radio play-by-play host John Ireland will continue to provide on-the-scene commentary.

“Backstage: Lakers” is the only series of its kind, on a regional or national level, that airs every week for the duration of the season. It takes Lakers fans inside the pre-season, regular season and playoffs, allowing them to stay connected to the Lakers at all times. Tomorrow’s season premiere will go behind-the-scenes of the Lakers offseason moves and get fans ready for the start of the season. The new episode recaps Kobe Bryant’s offseason, going inside his offseason charity events and rehab, and follows Chris Kaman and Jordan Farmar as they arrive at Toyota Sports Center. It also accompanies Farmar to visit Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and follows Steve Nash during his charity soccer matches and tryout with Inter Milan. An episode preview is available here.

On Lakers Media Day, Worthy and McGee will be live from the Toyota Sports Center, with Maggio, Miller and Time Warner Cable SportsNet Galaxy and Sparks sideline reporter Kelli Tennant hosting in-studio.

Live Lakers programming on Lakers game days, starting with the October 5 preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, will begin an hour and a half prior to tipoff with the fan-driven social media show “#LakeShow” highlighting of-the-moment conversations about the team. The half-hour program will be followed by the “Access SportsNet: Lakers” pre-game show, which covers every angle leading into the game. The “Access SportsNet: Lakers” post-game show continues live following the game and “Access SportsNet: Lakers” will air for all Laker games including national broadcasts. On non-game days, “#LakeShow” and “Access SportsNet” will continue the conversations surrounding the Lakers.

New this year, Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s studio shows will feature special vignette segments about everyday Lakers fans. The features will go behind-the-scenes of fans’ gameday experiences and profile fans across the country.

The popular miniseries “Laker Girls” returns in 2013, with the new season premiering on October 17. Five one-hour episodes will take fans inside the making of the dance squad and go behind-the-scenes as dancers audition, make the team and then perform on Opening Night at STAPLES Center. This year’s episodes will continue last season’s storylines and follow more dancers as they try out for the team.

“Timeless Lakers” classic games, “Encore+” enhanced game re-airs and condensed “Lakers Compacto” games will continue to air on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Other brand new Lakers shows will be announced in November.

For Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s full programming schedule, visit http://www.twcsportsnet.com/tv-schedule.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet can be found on AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Catalina Broadband, Champion Broadband, Charter, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Hawaiian Telcom, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS systems. To find out on what channel you can watch Time Warner Cable SportsNet, visit www.twcsportsnet.com and enter your information at the top of the page or call 855-4-MY-LAKERS or 1-800-700-2827 (in Spanish).