'Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior' to air on Reelz

The network's OK! TV production premieres Tuesday

September 22, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

The Ray Rice scandal is getting its own TV special.

The Reelz network announced today that it will air "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior" at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 23). According to a press release, the OK! TV production is the network's way of "gearing up for the launch of TMZ Hollywood Sports," which premieres Sept. 29 on the network.

TMZ Sports, of course, posted the longform Ray Rice hotel elevator security camera footage of him punching his then-fiancee (and now wife) Janay Palmer,  that led to his termination from the Ravens.

According to the release, "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior," "focuses on former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's domestic violence incident and also on other celebrity and athlete controversies that sparked national discussion, including actor Charlie Sheen, American soccer player Hope Solo and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson."

It continues: "With commentary from TMZ Hollywood Sports executive producer and host Evan Rosenblum, TMZ executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere, HLN host and author Dr. Drew Pinsky, sports psychologist Dr. Casey Cooper, KTLA Sports Anchor Derrin Horton and more, the half-hour special takes a hard look at celebrities and athletes after their run-ins with the law. The special also includes interviews with nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz, TV host Jeff Probst and CBS actress Bonnie Somerville."

Reelz seems to be positioning itself as the official TV destination of people thirsty for stories of athletes behaving badly. Two other Reelz series premiering Friday and Saturday, "Hollywood Scandals" and "Celebrity Damage Control," delves into the stories of O.J. Simpson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Vick, Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods.

Future airings of "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior" will air at midnight Tuesday (Sept. 23); 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 24); 12:30 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 25); 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 28); and 1:30 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 29). All times are Eastern.

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