Thursday, December 16, 2010

HBO's Real Sports Returns Tuesday

From HBO Sports -

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PRESENTS A ROUNDTABLE REVIEW OF 2010 WHEN IT RETURNS DEC. 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Winner of 21 Sports Emmys® in 15 years, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents a special roundtable review of 2010 on its 165th edition, debuting TUESDAY, DEC. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and available in HDTV, exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 22 (1:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.), 24 (12:05 a.m.), 25 (4:50 a.m.) and 28 (10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.), and 31 (10:00 a.m., 5:15 a.m.), and Jan. 6 (7:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 9 (7:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 26 (8:00 a.m.) and 29 (10:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m.), and Jan. 4 (2:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 10 (7:00 p.m., 2:00 a.m.) and 15 (11:30 a.m.)

HBO On Demand availability: Dec. 28-Jan. 18

Departing from the show’s regular format, host Bryant Gumbel leads correspondents Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg and Andrea Kremer in a spirited roundtable discussion of 2010, touching on everything from favorite stories of the year to the interviews and pieces that had the greatest impact on them.

Segments covered include: the exclusive TV report demonstrating the link between brain injuries and the onset of ALS; the stories of three transgender sportswriters and the tragic consequences for one of them; the bizarre and largely unknown world of women’s bodybuilding; the inspiring story of the young kings and queens of chess from the border town of Brownsville, Tex.; and the examination of the stringent Olympic drug testing process prior to the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February. Individuals profiled on REAL SPORTS this year who will be revisited include: Marc Buoniconti, Erik Compton, Gareth Thomas, Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Mike May and the late Arturo Gatti.

REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 12 of the last 15 years, in addition to being the first sports program honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; Kirby Bradley is senior producer.

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