REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL
GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH MICHIGAN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JIM HARBAUGH;
PROFILES SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON; AND
REVISITS THE DEBATE OVER CHEWING TOBACCO IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
WHEN IT RETURNS APRIL 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 217th edition debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 21 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
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(Jim Harbaugh at The Big House with correspondent Andrea Kremer.)
*Jim Harbaugh. After his bumpy departure from the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh left the Bay Area with many questions unanswered. Now settled in as head football coach at the University of Michigan, the 51-year-old sits down with REAL SPORTS correspondent Andrea Kremer to talk about his falling-out with the 49ers and how it landed him back where his father was an assistant under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler and Harbaugh himself was quarterback of the football team. Kremer learns that Harbaugh’s fiery demeanor and win-at-any-cost mentality may have contributed to this career move – and that he has no plans of toning down his passion any time soon.
Producers: Josh Fine, Beret Remak.
(Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with host Bryant Gumbel.)
*Seattle’s Savior. When you toss the biggest interception in Super Bowl history, how do you cope? REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel travels to San Diego, where Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks’ superstar quarterback, spends the offseason to speak with him about that ill-fated play, witness his grueling workouts and see how he’s handling the criticism. Gumbel also gets a behind-the-scenes look at the former two-sport star as he trains with the Texas Rangers, who own his baseball rights, at spring training and learns that the University of Wisconsin product may aspire to play the two sports professionally one day.
Producer: Nick Dolin.
(Tony Gwynn, Jr. speaking with correspondent Jon Frankel.)
*Big League Chew. When baseball great Tony Gwynn died last summer from salivary gland cancer at age 54, smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball became a hot topic yet again. It’s estimated that a third of MLB players chew or dip smokeless tobacco – a number new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would like to see reduced to zero. When REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel first examined the issue in May 2011, he discovered why this controversial custom is permitted, why so many players use when the health risks are well documented and how its popularity among the game’s elite affects the players of tomorrow. Now, Frankel sits down with Manfred to get the league’s current stance on the issue and hears from Gwynn’s son, major leaguer Tony Jr., who knows all too well about the toll smokeless tobacco can take.
Producers: Tim Walker, Nisreen Habbal.
Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, longtime HBO favorite Chris Rock offers his take on African-Americans and baseball.
Other HBO playdates: April 21 (2:45 a.m.), 23 (9:00 a.m., 5:15 p.m.), 25 (12:45 a.m.), 26 (12:45 p.m.) and 29 (6:00 p.m., 4:10 a.m.), and May 2 (10:00 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. PT only) and 6 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (9:45 p.m.), and May 3 (3:00 p.m.), 5 (4:45 p.m.), 9 (9:30 a.m.), 12 (11:45 a.m., 2:15 a.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.) and 18 (4:00 p.m.)
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.
On March 24, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL received five nominations for the 2015 Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. The winners will be announced May 5.
Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on April 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.
The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.