PRESENTS A ROUNDTABLE REVIEW OF 2011
WHEN IT RETURNS DEC. 20, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Completing its 17th season, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents a special holiday roundtable review of 2011 on the show’s 177th edition, debuting TUESDAY, DEC. 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and available in HDTV, exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 20 (1:20 a.m.), 24 (10:30 a.m.), 27 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 28 (1:30 a.m.), 29 (8:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m.) and 31 (5:30 a.m.), and Jan. 3 (midnight), 4 (7:00 p.m.) and 8 (11:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 21 (9:30 a.m., 1:25 a.m.) and 30 (3:00 p.m.), and Jan. 1 (8:00 a.m.), 3 (5:00 p.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m.), 7 (6:00 a.m.) and 11 (11:15 p.m.)
HBO On Demand availability: Dec. 26-Jan. 16
Departing from the show’s regular format, host Bryant Gumbel leads correspondents Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Armen Keteyian and Andrea Kremer in a spirited roundtable discussion of 2011, touching on everything from favorite stories of the year to the interviews and segments that had the greatest impact on them.
Among the topics covered are: NHL enforcers and how their careers have affected their lives off of the ice; injured war veterans who compete as members of the Wounded Warriors softball team despite amputations and debilitating injuries; smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball; and compensation for college football players. Individuals profiled on REAL SPORTS this year whose stories will be discussed include: Plaxico Burress, Mike Tyson, Jimmy Rollins, LaRue Martin and Tiki Barber.
REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 14 times, in addition to being the first sports program honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. In May 2011, the program received the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism for the Aug. 2010 report revealing the scientific link between sports concussions and the onset of ALS. Overall, REAL SPORTS has collected 22 Sports Emmy® Awards.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Kirby Bradley; coordinating producers, Joe Peskie and Nick Dolin; producers, Lisa Bennett, Maggie Burbank, Tim Walker, Chapman Downes and Josh Fine; associate producers, Zehra Mamdani and Jake Rossenwasser; production associates, Beret Remak, Spencer Wilking, Nisreen Habball, Max Gershberg and Brett Teal.