Premiers Tonight, August 8th
HBO Sports, in association with NFL Films and the Kansas City Chiefs, will provide an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS debuts in August. The first sports-based reality series - and one of the fastest-turnaround reality series - will return with its third season Wednesday, August 8th (9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Central Time), exclusively on HBO. Subsequent hour-long episodes will air each Wednesday at the same time, culminating with the season finale on Sept. 5, with encore replays on Thursdays.
“On behalf of the Hunt Family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization, we are extremely pleased to collaborate with HBO and NFL Films on this project,” Chiefs President Carl Peterson commented. “We view this as a tremendous opportunity to showcase our team, the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization and our fans to a national audience. This year will mark our 17th trip to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Training camp is a unique time in the life of an NFL franchise and many fans make the annual pilgrimage to Western Wisconsin to watch us practice. We look forward to sharing that experience with countless viewers this summer.”
“We are extremely excited that “Hard Knocks” will be returning this summer four NFL seasons after our last installment,” said Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports. “Our first two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001 and the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 gave our subscribers a truly unique experience of life inside an NFL training camp. This summer, HBO and NFL Films will team up with one of football’s most hallowed and storied organizations. With their dynamic head coach Herm Edwards and his roster of talent, the Kansas City Chiefs are a natural choice for this year’s program.”
“There are no scripts or retakes for us as filmmakers in a series like Hard Knocks,” said NFL Films President Steve Sabol. “Our cameras will be rolling from the time the players leave their families to the time the coach decides if they’re ‘in’ or ‘out.’ Chiefs training camp in River Falls is a throwback to the old training camps in the ‘60s and ‘70s and we look forward to taking the fans behind-the-scenes of one of the great franchises in professional sports.”
The five-week cinema verité series will focus on the players’ and coaches’ daily lives and routines as the Kansas City Chiefs, an organization steeped in tradition, build for their 2007 NFL season. HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS will follow second-year head coach Herm Edwards and an intriguing mix of veteran players, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the preseason schedule. Each week, viewers will watch as players experience drills, meetings, fun and struggle to prove that they have what it takes to make the team and make their mark in the NFL.
A 24-person NFL Films crew will live at the Chiefs training camp at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, shooting more than 700 hours of video over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will be given unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, dormitories and practice fields.