HBO’s Hard Knocks won’t air this year because of NFL lockout

Hard Knocks, the HBO reality series that follows a football team’s pre-season training, won’t be filmed this year because of the NFL lockout. The network had scheduled the new season’s debut for August 10.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reported that there will be “No ‘Hard Knocks’ this year.” This won’t be the first time the show has taken a break; it didn’t air new seasons from 2003 to 2006.

Earlier, Sporting News reported that “several teams have reportedly declined the opportunity to have their training camp life featured on the HBO Sports’ documentary series, [but] the network is optimistic about carrying on with the show while following the progress in the league’s ongoing labor negotiations.” A network spokesperson told Sporting News, “We are monitoring developments and remain hopeful of presenting a new season of ‘Hard Knocks.’ Beyond that we are not going to speculate.”

Hard Knocks followed the New York Jets last year, and a press release noted that the show is “one of the fastest-turnaround reality series.” Between the challenge of finding a team and the lockout’s effects, it appears that they just couldn’t make this season happen.

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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