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REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV's most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show's 209th edition debuts at a special time TUESDAY, AUG. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
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*Magic Man. Now in his 12th NFL season, Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro long snapper Jon Dorenbos has been a largely anonymous but steady special teams player in a league known for constant personnel turnover. Despite his success on the field, however, Dorenbos' love of magic has defined his life, offering the salvation that helped him through the darkest moments of his childhood. During a seemingly picture-perfect upbringing in the suburbs of Seattle, his life changed forever when his father beat his mother to death with a power tool in a fit of rage. Attempting to cheer up the reeling adolescent, a friend introduced Dorenbos to the art of magic and he instantly became hooked. Host Bryant Gumbel sits down with Jon Dorenbos to hear about the impact of magic and football on his life and witness firsthand his mastery of trickery and illusion.
Producer: Chapman Downes.
*Peter Pan on Wheels. When Rob Dyrdek first took up skateboarding almost three decades ago, he never imagined the sport would transform him from high-school dropout to professional skateboarder, MTV star, multi-million-dollar brand endorser and sports-league founder. After a successful run as a pro skateboarder, his MTV show "Rob & Big" debuted in 2006; based on a sketch he created for DC Shoes, his main sponsor, it's one of the most successful shows in the network's history. In 2009, the southern California resident launched another MTV show, "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory," which is about to begin shooting its seventh season. But his most significant contribution to the sport came in 2010 when he founded Street League Skateboarding in an effort to establish skateboarding as a true competitive sport. It subsequently became an internationally recognized league and began a multi-year deal with FOX Sports1 this year. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel goes one-on-one with the 40-year-old entrepreneur to learn more about his tremendous impact on the skateboarding industry, and vice-versa.
Producer: Maggie Burbank.
Lone Survivor. In Aug. 2009, REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg sat down with former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler for an exclusive, extended interview as he spoke for the first time about the harrowing boating accident that claimed the lives of three friends and nearly took his own. On Feb. 28, 2009, Schuyler and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida teammate Will Bleakley headed out to the Gulf of Mexico for a day of fishing. But a tragic mistake caused the boat to capsize and the four men clung to the overturned hull as a storm battered them through the night. When the Coast Guard finally discovered the vessel 46 hours later, it was 70 miles west of Tampa, and Schuyler was the only one left alive.
Since the accident, however, his account and motives have been questioned by the victims' families, with whom he has no relationship. He later recounted his story in a 2010 memoir, and a big-budget movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Schuyler is currently in development. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg reconnects with the former football player, who is now one of the highest-ranked competitors in the fitness craze CrossFit, to see how he has picked up the pieces of his life.
Producers: Josh Fine, Nick Dolin, Joe Perskie.
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 19 (11:00 p.m.), 21 (8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.), 23 (10:30 a.m.), 25 (4:45 p.m.), 27 (4:05 a.m.) and 31 (10:30 a.m.), and Sept. 3 (8:00 p.m.), 11 (1:00 p.m.) and 16 (12:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 22 (1:30 p.m.), 24 (8:30 a.m.), 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (8:15 a.m.), and Sept. 2 (6:00 p.m.), 6 (3:30 p.m.), 9 (12:30 a.m.), 18 (1:30 p.m.) and 20 (3:00 a.m.)
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.
REAL SPORTS was recognized by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. It is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012. Debuting April 2, 1995, the series has captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 26 Sports Emmys® overall.
Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month's show on Aug. 19, 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.