Posts tagged ‘HBO’

Shannon Furman is Living the ‘Hard Knocks’ Life

HBO’s Hard Knocks returns tonight, and with Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans playing host, the new season of the NFL’s popular behind-the-scenes series holds special interest for Penn State fans. But the Nittany Lions’ former coach isn’t the only Hard Knocks star with blue-and-white blood lines: Shannon Furman ’03, a producer and director with NFL Films, is the series’ first assistant director.

Furman figures to be busy in Houston for the next month, but as the tweet above shows, she’s all over the football map, including occasionally back at her alma mater.

You can see a trailer for the the new Hard Knocks season here. As for tonight? Here’s hoping OB keeps it clean.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 11, 2015 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Beverly McIver, Back in the Spotlight

It’s been a while since I met and interviewed Beverly McIver ’92g, the North Carolina-based artist and subject of the upcoming documentary Raising Renee. My profile of McIver ran in our Nov/Dec issue, timed (we thought) with the airing of Raising Renee on HBO late last year. But we never saw a firm date for the premier, and given the events of the past few months, I forgot to ever follow up.

The New York Times Style section offered an unexpected reminder Thursday with a profile of McIver, set at her Durham, N.C. home. It covers much of the same ground our story did—her path to artistic prominence, and the compelling family drama that inspired the documentary—but it offers something we didn’t: a firm date for Raising Renee. The doc is scheduled to air Wednesday, Feb. 22, on HBO. I’ve watched it a few times and highly recommend checking it out.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 9, 2012 at 11:50 am 1 comment

Steve Smith’s Battle With ALS on HBO’s Real Sports

Penn Staters might be aware that Steve Smith ’87 H&HD, a captain on the Nittany Lions’ 1986 national championship team, has been battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease since 2002. Tonight on HBO’s Real Sports, Smith will be profiled in a segment on the disease (also known as ALS), which focuses on new research showing a connection between ALS and brain damage caused by repeated concussions — just the sort of injury which football players like Smith, who went on to play nine NFL seasons, endure during their careers. It figures to be a heartbreaking segment — you can read this story in the York Daily Record to get a sense of what Smith and his family deal with on a daily basis — but also an important one.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 17, 2010 at 9:00 am 3 comments

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