HBO docs on the must-see list


ESPN’s got its weekly documentaries released this time of year — not “30 For 30” any more, but more spill over from its project that concluded earlier this year.

The one this week, “The Real Rocky,” is followed up by “Unguarded” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, about the live and times of former basketball player Chris Herren and his path on drug and alcohol addiction.

Apologies for not giving a better heads-up on the HBO documentary that debuted last night, “Prayer For A Perfect Season,” about the 2010-11 basketball team at St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., where coach Kevin Boyle tries to keep the Catholic school relevant amidst all the social problems in the neighborhood. It’s directed by Marc Levin , the 1998 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for “Slam.”

The doc replays on HBO on Friday (8 a.m. and 5 p.m.), Sunday (8 a.m.) and at various times and dates in November. HBO2 has replays as well, and it’s on HBO On Demand.


Coming up next week: “Marathon Boy,” which debuts on Nov. 3.

The HBO press release description: “Six years ago, in an impoverished corner of India, an orphanage director and a slum boy captured the imagination of their country. Plucked from obscurity and thrust into the national spotlight, Budhia Singh ran 48 marathons by the age of 4, winning thousands of fans and making headlines around the world. But what started as a remarkable rags-to-riches saga morphed into a tale of greed, corruption and broken dreams.”

HBO has it on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. with many replays as well.

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