It's official now: HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Cincinnati Bengals will give viewers an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League with the kickoff of Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Cincinnati Bengals.
The sports-based reality series begins its fifth season Aug 12 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET/PT). New hour-long episodes air subsequent Wednesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 9 season finale, with regular encore plays on Thursdays.
A 24-person NFL Films crew will live at the Bengals' training camp at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., shooting more than 1000 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.
Hard Knocks launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. The series resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs and the 2008 edition, which received a Sports Emmy for outstanding post produced audio/sound, centered on America's Team for the second time.
"We are delighted that Hard Knocks will be returning this summer and placing the spotlight on head coach Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals," said Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports, in a statement. "There will be plenty on the line during training camp for veterans, free agents and rookies alike, and we are eager to chronicle all the passion, heartache and achievement."