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Browns on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ among top viewing choices

August 5, 2018

Browns on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ among top viewing choices

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 13th edition of the Emmy-winning HBO Sports series “Hard Knocks” puts its spotlight on the Cleveland Browns’ training camp. The premiere of this five-episode season is among the week’s top viewing choices:

“Yellowstone Live” (9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, National Geographic Channel): Thirty-four camera teams and a crew of 200 document life in Yellowstone National Park with four live programs. The goal is to capture such Yellowstone “stars” as stealth wolf packs, 600-pound grizzlies and migrating elk. Aerial drones and high-tech equipment will follow activity in the most remote areas of the park, a strategy that includes a camera embedded in a beaver lodge.

“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns” (10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, HBO): HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Cleveland Browns team up for what HBO bills as “an unfiltered, all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League.” The HBO description of the acclaimed series’ 13th season says it will be “spotlighting the AFC North franchise that has the hometown region excited as a wave of new, young players and veteran acquisitions get acclimated to the team. One of the fastest-turnaround programs on television, “Hard Knocks” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (with encore plays Wednesday nights), culminating in the season finale on Sept. 4. HBO provided this summary for the premiere episode: “Enthusiasm is building for the 2018 Cleveland Browns. As training camp begins, all eyes are on QB Baker Mayfield, the NFL’s number one overall draft pick and future of the franchise. General manager John Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson welcome a new batch of veteran acquisitions, including former Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl QB Tyrod Taylor and outspoken receiver Jarvis Landry, who led the NFL in catches with the Miami Dolphins last season. Evaluations begin as 90 players vie for 53 coveted spots on the starting roster.”

“Ordeal by Innocence” (Friday, Aug. 10, Amazon): This three-part BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1958 novel stars Bill Nighy (“Love Actually”), Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness”), Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”), Ella Purnell (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), Catherine Keener (“Get Out”) and Luke Treadaway. The mystery tells of a man who dies in prison while serving a term for murder. An alibi surfaces after his death, making his family and friends realize that one of them probably is a murderer.

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