Profiled: 1960 US Open golfers, Jim McKay, and parents of gay kids

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET, HBO debuts Back Nine at Cherry Hills: The Legends Of The 1960 U.S. Open, a documentary that follows Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.” HBO says it focuses on “their epic collision on the last day of the 1960 U.S. Open changed the way the world looked at golf forever.” The hour-long documentary is narrated by Liev Schreiber and filmed in HD.

Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET, HBO encores Jim McKay: My World In My Words, a profile of the broadcaster. He died last Saturday, and while the film is narrated by him and looks at his life, it also “provides an engrossing and unique look at the last half century of sports,” HBO says.

Also airing this month in some places is Anyone and Everyone, a documentary about parents who learn their kids are gay. In the hour-long documentary, parents “from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses,” according to its web site.

Directed by Susan Polis Schutz, it has been airing at random intervals during the past year on PBS stations, but is being broadcast or rebroadcast on PBS stations across the country this month, so check local listings. It’s also available on DVD. Here’s a preview:

Back Nine at Cherry Hills: The Legends Of The 1960 U.S. Open and Jim McKay: My World In My Words [HBO]
Anyone and Everyone

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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