REAL SPORTS Jan. 28 premiere will feature retrospective on Kobe Bryant
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REAL SPORTS Jan. 28 premiere will include retrospective on Kobe Bryant

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, which will mark its 25th anniversary in April, returns for an all-new season of enterprise reporting when the program’s 274th edition debuts tomorrow, TUESDAY, JAN. 28 at 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO.

The episode will now include a retrospective segment on Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died tragically on Sunday in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, CA. REAL SPORTS revisits two longform pieces on Bryant that bookended his prolific career: A 2000 feature reported by James Brown when Kobe was in his fourth season and a 2016 profile from correspondent Andrea Kremer as Bryant was bringing the curtain down on his NBA career and transitioning to new endeavors in entertainment, sports and business. 

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Additional segments include:

*The Reconstruction Games. Nine years after tragedy struck Fukushima – when an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown and explosion – Japan is gearing up to host the world at the 2020 Summer Games. REAL SPORTS’ David Scott examines the nation’s campaign to decontaminate and repopulate the area surrounding the devastating disaster in the lead up to the Olympics.

Producer: Jordan Kronick.

*Erin Andrews. Correspondent Soledad O’Brien goes one-on-one with FOX reporter Erin Andrews, who details some of the many challenges she’s faced throughout her career. As she navigated those hurdles, Andrews says she found escape and solace in her job on the sidelines, which helped her get to where she is today: happily married and professionally driven as she gears up to help cover Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Producer: Maggie Burbank.

REAL SPORTS received last May its 19th Sports Emmy® Award for Outstanding Sports Journalism. In total, REAL SPORTS, the most honored sports journalism program on television, has been honored with the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports News Anthology five times in the past seven years, capturing 34 Emmys® in 24 years overall.

The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Peter Nelson, Rick Bernstein and Joe Perskie.