With the return of football coming soon, HBO has announced that it will have a 2020 edition of Hard Knocks, but with a unique twist.
This year, Hard Knocks will focus on the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. It’s the first time the show has featured two teams in one season. The NFL made the announcement Thursday and also revealed it had agreed to a multi-year contract extension for HBO to retain its rights to the show.
“To be able to announce this extension as we embark on an unprecedented two-team series this summer brings us incredible pride and only heightens our excitement for the return of football,” NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said in a statement.
Bengals fans will remember the two years in which Cincinnati hosted the show, the last being in 2013. This year’s edition will actually include the team Cincinnati hosts in Week 1 of the 2020 season, as the Chargers will come to Paul Brown Stadium in the first game of the Joe Burrow era. Getting an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at their Week 1 opponent will make this year’s edition even more intriguing for Bengals fans.
The five-episode 2020 season is set to premiere Aug. 11.