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Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons is a weekly talk show hosted by one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media.Spanning pop culture and touching on everything from sports and entertainment to arts and technology, Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons will feature intimate conversations with compelling guests each week. The show will also include field segments and Simmons' signature commentary on current events.

Episode Title: Episode 7
Airs: 2016-08-10 at 22:00
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    Wednesday has no demonstrable difficulties with keeping the show flowing despite the lack of commercial breaks (which offer their own particular rhythm to late night).

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Michael E. Ross

    Simmons pushed back on Barkley’s rankings, as only a true fan can. It’s this informed jousting, the back and forth between devotees of sports that could make Any Given Wednesday appointment viewing for sports fans. ... It’s classic Bill Simmons, a man with questions and answers, with a new forum where he can drop the mic and let others do the same.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    His interview style is an effective one--opinionated without being overbearing, with just enough smugness to give some of his questions a provocative edge.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • David Sims

    Outside of Affleck’s strangely compelling Tom Brady tirade, Any Given Wednesday’s pilot was almost aggressively chill--a pleasantly meandering antidote to the usual hot-take cauldron of sports TV.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Mr. Simmons stayed in his comfort zone almost exclusively, and the result was largely a televised version of what you might hear on sports talk radio, only with cursing. The cursing was the best part, actually. Mr. Affleck did most of it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    While Barkley was tolerable and the segments choppy but intriguing, Simmons’ interview with Ben Affleck about the New England Patriots and the scandal termed “Deflategate” turned into one of the most fascinating character studies I’ve seen on a talk show.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    If Any Given Wednesday were a live show, I'd be much more generous about the myriad points of sloppiness, but this was a pre-taped show that has been many months, or many years per Simmons' narrative about his dream of being on HBO, in the making so expectations of tighter punchlines, more clearly edited film and better spatial awareness aren't unfair. Still, there were elements that had potential.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The debut of Any Given Wednesday was an odd and painful thing to watch.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    Simmons, on the first episode of his new weekly talk show Any Given Wednesday, barely meets the camera’s gaze, and his delivery is stiff and halting; he seemed overmatched by the most basic aspects of TV talk.

    Time Full Review