Cincinnati Bengals “Hard Knocks” debuts tuesday

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The Cincinnati Bengals will provide an all-access look at a NFL training camp in Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals. The first sports-based reality series begins its five-episode eighth season, TUE, AUG. 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), on HBO. Other hour-long episodes debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 3 season finale.


Episode #1

Debut: TUESDAY, AUG. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 7 (6:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 8 (2:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 9 (10:00 a.m., midnight), 10 (8:00 a.m., 11:45 p.m.), 11 (11:45 a.m.) and 12 (10:30 p.m., 2:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 12 (6:00 p.m.) and 22 (11:30 p.m.)

Head coach Marvin Lewis and his Cincinnati Bengals kick off training camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Coaches take the players through the first week of on-field drills as the team prepares for the 2013 regular season in the ultra-competitive AFC North.

A 30-person NFL Films crew will be shooting up to 1,500 hours of video over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews are given unrestricted access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training facilities, living quarters and practice fields.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #HardKnocks and follow @HBO and @Bengals for updates.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows his Twitter account (@paulmbanks)

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