Dave Harmon had worked on uncensored sports documentary programming for years. He knew what "HBO 24/7: The Road To The Winter Classic" was going to sound like. So before Season 1 aired, he cautioned unsuspecting hockey fans about the content.
"I told everyone that Boudreau was going to curse in a way that would make Rex Ryan blush," recalled Harmon, vice president of sports production and the senior producer for HBO Sports.
"While we don't usually talk about things that aren't on the air yet, it did prepare people that the show was going to be different."
It was different; hell, it was revolutionary. From the language to the candor to the cameras in places where fans and media can't go, "HBO 24/7" has presented two seasons of addictive, appointment television. The season finale of Season 2, featuring the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers battling in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, airs at 10 p.m. EST on Thursday night.
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