REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Returns Tuesday
Now in its 19th season, REAL SPORTS WITH Bryant Gumbel, TV's most honored sports journalism series and the only sports program recognized with a prestigious 2012 George Foster Peabody Award, presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 194th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, MAY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: May 21 (2:35 a.m.), 23 (6:30 p.m., 2:40 a.m.), 25 (8:30 a.m., 11:15 p.m.), 28 (7:00 p.m.) and 31 (3:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), and June 2 (9:30 a.m.), 5 (10:15 a.m.) and 7 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 24 (6:00 a.m., 8:30 p.m.), 27 (2:40 p.m.) and 29 (3:25 p.m., 11:35 p.m.), and June 3 (7:00 p.m., 3:25 a.m.) and 8 (10:30 a.m.)
HBO On Demand availability: May 27-June 17. The show will also be available on HBO GO.
*Family Ties. After nearly 20 years in college and pro football, Bill O'Brien finally attained the head coaching job he coveted. Prior to the 2012 season, the 43-year-old Brown alum took over a Penn State University program devastated by the child sex abuse Scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Then the NCAA hit the university with a $60 million fine, scholarship reductions and a four-year bowl ban for lack of institutional control. After an 0-2 start amidst these unprecedented sanctions, O'Brien rallied his team to win eight of the next ten games, exceeding all expectations. He learned resilience in The Face of adversity from his ten-year-old son, Jack, who suffers from a debilitating brain disorder and fights to survive every day of his life. Andrea Kremer goes one-on-one with the 2012 National Coach of the Year and learns how his son's condition helped prepare him for the challenges he's encountered in turning around a program shattered by scandal.