REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL EXPLORES THE CHALLENGES FACING FEMALE SPORTS REPORTERS; PROFILES THE PARALYMPIC GAMES’ MCFADDEN SISTERS; AND REVISITS CHANCELLOR LEE ADAMS, SON OF RAE CARRUTH, WHEN A NEW EDITION DEBUTS AT A SPECIAL TIME TUESDAY, AUG. 23, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when its 233rd edition debuts at a special time TUESDAY, AUG. 23 (11:00 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), following the debut of the third episode of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams.”
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Female Sports Reporters
At first glance, it may seem like a golden age for women sports reporters, with prominent roles covering the world’s biggest leagues and events, appearances on talk shows and everything in-between. But as REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel finds, this unprecedented visibility has brought unprecedented challenges. He hears first-hand how many female reporters wage a daily battle against being pushed to exploit their femininity, while at the same time having their credibility questioned by sports fans, even as they struggle for equal acceptance in this still male-dominated industry.
Producer: Maggie Burbank.
Born with spina bifida, Tatyana McFadden was adopted by Deborah McFadden from a Russian orphanage when she was six years old. Her little sister, Hannah, was adopted from an Albanian orphanage by Deborah when she was three years old; her left leg was amputated above the knee when she was a child.
Tatyana has become one of the greatest wheelchair racers ever, competing in three summer Paralympic Games and winning 11 medals, while Hannah has been drawn to the sport by her competitive big sister. In the latest chapter of their awe-inspiring story, they will compete in their second Paralympic Games together next month in Rio. Correspondent Soledad O’Brien meets the McFadden sisters as they train for Rio and share their extraordinary tale of love, perseverance and uncommon drive for excellence.
Producer: Jordan Kronick.
The Son Rises
Cherica Adams was gunned down on a desolate Charlotte, NC road 16 years ago. Eight months pregnant at the time, she eventually died from gunshot wounds, but her son, Chancellor, miraculously survived, though he was left with cerebral palsy as a result of being deprived of oxygen in utero as his mother lay dying. Shortly after the incident, investigators concluded that Adams’ boyfriend — Chancellor’s father — was the mastermind behind the shooting. That man, former Carolina Panthers wideout Rae Carruth, is currently nearing the end of his 18-to-24-year sentence at a North Carolina correctional facility.
REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel first met Chancellor Lee Adams in 2012 to revisit the tragedy, providing a gripping account of how the young survivor had beaten the odds. Now, Gumbel heads back to Charlotte to discover the steps the family is taking toward forgiveness.
Producers: Katie Melone, Chapman Downes.
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 25 (8:00 p.m.), 28 (6:50 a.m.), 29 (5:00 p.m.) and 31 (11:00 p.m.), and Sept. 3 (noon), 13 (9:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 15 (3:00 p.m., 5:00 a.m.) and 23 (4:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 24 (4:30 p.m.), 26 (12:30 p.m., 5:00 a.m.) and 31 (8:00 p.m.), and Sept. 6 (11:00 p.m.), 10 (1:50 p.m.), 18 (8:00 a.m.) and 26 (8:45 a.m.)
The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
On Jan. 19, the series received its third duPont Award for broadcast excellence from Columbia University. Previously honored in 2006 and 2012, the show was recognized for its eye-opening reporting on Qatar, which was awarded the 2022 World Cup amid a storm of controversy and corruption charges.
In May, REAL SPORTS won its 17th Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Sports Journalism, for its report on domestic violence among athletes in mixed martial arts. The same month, it was honored with its second George F. Peabody Award, for a 2015 segment on Africa’s criminal billion-dollar ivory enterprise. Correspondent David Scott, who joined the show in 2014, reported all three segments that have been honored this year.
Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on Aug. 23, 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.
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