Reelz Scores 'TMZ Hollywood Sports' Series

Reelz Channel has teamed with TMZ to produce a weekday, sport-themed series set to debut later this month.

TMZ Hollywood Sports, which first released the infamous Ray Rice tape of the former NFL star assulting his now wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator – will air as a series weekdays on Reelz beginning Sept. 29, the network said. The series will discuss everything from athletes’ dating lives, cars, homes, toys and jewelry to social media gaffes and public missteps.

TMZ Hollywood Sports is a natural extension of Reelz’s ‘Hollywood Happens Here’ brand,” said Stan E. Hubbard, Reelz CEO in a statement. “TMZ is an amazing partner for Reelz and, together, we will deliver a fast-paced, hard-hitting and fun look at a collision of worlds where sports (with no Xs and Os) meets celebrity meets Hollywood.”

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R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.