All-New Episode Of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL Debuts May 23

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, the most honored sports journalism program on television with 36 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns with an all-new episode on TUESDAY, MAY 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series debuts on HBO and is available to stream on Max.

For up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports, and on HBO.com/realsports and Facebook.com/RealSportsHBO.

May segments include:

  • Grass vs. Turf Following a rash of injuries in recent years, NFL players have repeatedly spoken out about the playing surface used in about half the league’s games in place of grass – artificial turf. But amidst all the acrimony and angst at the NFL level, little is being said about the health of high school football players, who play on artificial turf fields across the country. “Real Sports” examines high school football injuries, and whether they are caused by the ground beneath. Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.
  • Zion Clark: Zion Clark has overcome odds most of his opponents couldn’t imagine.  Abandoned at birth after being born without legs due to a rare disorder, Clark moved from foster home to foster home where he says he suffered abuse and neglect which sent him spiraling. He found wrestling in high school, and has spent the last five years training to be a professional MMA fighter, notching a victory in his first fight last year. Correspondent David Scott reports. Producer: Katie Melone.
  • Stuntpeople: Stunt performers in blockbuster action movies do everything from fly through the air with acrobatic grace to flipping cars at high rates of speed. It’s not surprising many were elite athletes in their previous lives, including college gymnasts, black belts in martial arts, or race car drivers. It can be a grueling life full of long hours, danger and broken bones, but for those who hung up their pro athlete dreams for stunt work, most say they have no regrets as they now get to spend their days in show business, turning sport into art. Correspondent Jon Frankel reports. Producer: Jordan Kronick.
  • Mansour Bahrami (Update): “Real Sports” first chronicled Mansour Bahrami’s unlikely journey to professional tennis in 2018, detailing how one of the game’s most beloved characters fled his home country of Iran during the Islamic Revolution to play the sport he loves. Today, when Bahrami isn’t on the court thrilling crowds with his signature trick shots on the senior circuit, he’s taking to the streets as a loud and proud leader of the “free Iran” protest movement in Paris. Correspondent Mary Carillo reports. Producers: Nisreen Habbal and Hannah Vicente-Kliot.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Joe Perskie.

On May 23, HBO Max will become Max, Warner Bros. Discovery’s enhanced streaming platform, delivering unparalleled content for everyone in the household, including the best of unscripted to the highest quality in scripted programming, family-friendly content, HBO, Max Originals, WB Movies, the DC Universe, food, home, and documentaries. A large portion of subscribers will have their apps automatically updated, while others will be prompted to download the updated Max app. Additional information can be found here.

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