Best of Season 12
Graham and the crew reflect on another year of In Depth interviews that took them to destinations around the world, including India, Italy and Puerto Rico. They share some of the most memorable moments from high-profile athletes and entertainers, including Ice Cube, Jake Paul, Sachin Tendulkar and Dan Bilzerian, among others. Plus, Graham profiles a personal hero and offers behind-the-scenes stories from his unique access to top talents.
Best of season 12
Fire with Ice: An alarming start to our Ice Cube shoot
Graham and the crew remember a disruptive fire alarm ringing throughout a Las Vegas casino just minutes before the sit-down interview with Ice Cube. Plus, Graham asks Cube about life-changing moments in his childhood and Cube goes deep on the first take at his BIG3 season kickoff.
Why we nearly bailed on the Calvin Johnson episode
Graham and producer Brad discuss why our episode featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson nearly went up in smoke, including a last-minute change of plans that eliminated any chance of touring the facilities at Calvin Johnson’s marijuana brand, Primitiv. Plus, Calvin opens up about his fractured relationship with the Detroit Lions and invites us to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.
Feeling all the emotions with Steve Aoki
We were burning the midnight oil to pad this episode featuring world-renowned DJ, Steve Aoki. The DJ, musician and trading card collector offers our director of photography exclusive access to his set at OMNIA Nightclub, then invites us to his Las Vegas home for what turned into an emotional interview, followed by a house tour and Graham’s painful pool jump from three stories up.
The Nikki Glaser to Blake Griffin question we couldn’t show
Graham and the crew look back on their time in New York with six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, including the R-rated question from Nikki Glaser that had Blake laughing and his idea to head to Brooklyn Bridge Park to shoot hoops with a random, lucky kid.
Graham fumbles a Roy Williams catchphrase
We’re reflecting on our time in Chapel Hill with legendary basketball coach, Roy Williams. Our most memorable moments from the episode shoot include when Graham couldn’t pronounce a famous Roy Williams’ catchphrase, when Coach really let us in with stories from his childhood and tagging along at a UNC Tar Heels football game.
We go over the wall with Jimmie Johnson
Graham and the crew reflect on the remarkable access offered up by Jimmie Johnson for an episode shoot, including his private warehouse of collectibles, his wife Chandra’s art gallery and pit access at an IndyCar race.
The one position Dan Bilzerian refused to explore
Graham and the crew share behind-the-scenes stories from our episode shoot in Las Vegas with high-stakes poker player and social media star Dan Bilzerian, including the sit-down interview reset that tacked on a few hours and Graham’s sweaty palms during a trust fall.
It’s 3:30pm – someone please wake up Jake Paul
The crew remembers their time in Puerto Rico with YouTube celebrity turned professional boxer, Jake Paul. We get their personal accounts of Jake sleeping three hours past the interview start time, crew member Seth nailing all of the riddles and Graham’s newfound impression of Jake as a savvy, self-made businessman.
Pizza, pregnancy and pouring rain with Valentino Rossi
Graham and the crew rave about their time in Italy with global motorsports icon, Valentino Rossi. Graham dishes on his favorite part of his time with Vale and we hear the full story behind their decision to get out on the track in the pouring rain.
Mobs and motorcades in Mumbai with Sachin Tendulkar
What a whirlwind this one was! Graham and the crew try their best to convey just how unique, intense and beautiful their time was with Sachin Tendulkar in India. They explain the necessity of Sachin’s security team, the privilege of being the first media outlet to interview the cricket legend from his home in Mumbai, and even how their digestive tracts negotiated the local fare.
After years of polite persistence, Bob Costas agreed to do an interview with Graham. We look back on our time in New York with the broadcasting legend, including his gift for storytelling, a refute from O.J. Simpson and constructive criticism after it’s all said and done by Costas himself.
Caeleb Dressel’s crazy cows, candid conversations
Graham and the crew take us through memorable moments from their time in Florida with Olympic gold medalist, Caeleb Dressel. They talk of Caeleb’s aggressive cows, his impressive candor and Graham’s less-than-impressive dive.
Dick Vitale’s panic-inducing phone call
Graham and the crew spend a few days in Florida with the infectiously energetic, electric broadcaster Dick Vitale, including incredible access to Dickie V’s final chemotherapy treatment and to his inner circle, including his wife, daughters, doctors and ESPN colleagues. The crew remembers emotional moments from many and we get a hefty dose of Dick Vitale impressions.