Reality shows are hot and the hard reality is – the producers of the HBO “Hard Knocks” series are coming to Georgetown College to feature the Cincinnati Bengals in training camp this summer.

HBO, NFL Films and the Bengals made the announcement at a noon news conference at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday, May 14.

“This will be great exposure for the College and the community of Georgetown,” said Athletic Director Eric Ward, who will oversee the College’s part of training camp July 30-Aug. 19. “Certainly their presence will make it much more challenging for us – but, we look forward to ‘Hard Knocks’ and having the eyes of pro football fans all over the country upon us.”

The five-show series – an up-close-and-personal look at practice, meetings, training, living quarters and dining in the Thomas & King Conference Center – begins airing Aug. 12 and ends Sept. 9, the Wednesday before the opening weekend of the 2009 NFL regular season.

The 24-person HBO crew — technicians, producers, videographers and announcers — will be much in evidence at Toyota Stadium and at the conference center. And, according to Ward, the thousands of fans expected to converge on camp this summer are likely to be part of the show.

“Training camp is a fan-based experience,” Ward said. “They show up for the opportunities to interact with players and coaches, and get autographs…and ‘Hard Knocks’ will add to that wonderful experience.”

(Dates of Bengals training camp are subject to change, so visit often this summer.)