Real Sports Reviews 2012 Tonight

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns on HBO tonight with its annual year in review. It will take a look at some of the year’s best stories with its correspondents, Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Armen Keteyian and Andrea Kremer.

The show premieres at 10 p.m. ET and will be hosted as always by Bryant Gumbel. Let’s take a look at the show that will air tonight.


REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL wraps its 18th season with a special roundtable review of 2012 when the show’s 189th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, DEC. 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 18 (4:00 a.m.), 22 (11:00 a.m.), 24 (12:10 a.m.), 27 (5:30 p.m.), 28 (10:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.), 30 (7:30 a.m.) and 31 (3:00 p.m.), and Jan. 3 (8:00 p.m., 1:50 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 19 (8:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m.), 21 (7:00 p.m.), 26 (10:00 a.m.) and 29 (4:00 p.m.), and Jan. 2 (8:00 a.m., 11:55 p.m.), 6 (7:30 a.m.) and 8 (5:00 a.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: Dec. 24-Jan. 14. The program will also be available on HBO GO®.

Departing from the show’s regular format, host Bryant Gumbel leads correspondents Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Armen Keteyian and Andrea Kremer in a spirited roundtable discussion of 2012, touching on everything from favorite stories of the year to the interviews and segments that had the greatest impact on them.

In 2012, REAL SPORTS traveled the world to meet inspiring and memorable people, among them: Jeb Corliss, who jumped off Table Mountain in South Africa in a wing suit and barely survived a crash at more than 120 miles per hour; Alex Zanardi, the former Formula 1 driver who lost his legs in an accident, but never looked back and is now winning races of another kind; and Mark Miller, one of the only Americans competing in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the most dangerous motorcycle race in history, where more than 230 people have died over the years.

In an Olympic year, two stories spotlighted Olympians: U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones, who revealed that her efforts to remain a virgin were more difficult than training for the Games; and former Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, who not long ago finally met her biggest fan – a sister she never knew she had.

REAL SPORTS also looked at big issues and controversies, covering: fan-on-fan violence, sometimes stemming from something as harmless as wearing the “wrong” jersey to a game; the widespread use of the painkiller Toradol in the NFL; and former NFL player Steve Gleason, who unwittingly found himself in the middle of the New Orleans Saints’ bountygate scandal, and today battles the devastating effects of ALS.

REAL SPORTS has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times and has received 23 Sports Emmy® Awards overall. It is the only sports program ever honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, having first been recognized in 2005. In January, REAL SPORTS received its second duPont Award, for a series of investigative reports on concussions, highlighted by the Aug. 2010 story revealing the scientific link between sports concussions and the onset of ALS. In April, the show received the Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Sports Journalism for Bernard Goldberg’s 2011 report on the college bowl game money trail.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Joe Perskie; senior coordinating producer, Nick Dolin; coordinating producer, Tim Walker; producers, Lisa Bennett, Maggie Burbank, Chapman Downes and Josh Fine; associate producers, Jake Rossenwasser, Beret Remak and Nisreen Habbaal; production associates, Max Gershberg, Naimah Jabali-Nash and Brett Teal.

That is all.

Ken Fang

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.