Sylvester Stallone, Mark Burnett producing new boxing reality show.

Sylvester Stallone, Mark Burnett producing new boxing reality show.
Today, Page Six is reporting that a West coast version of The Apprentice, with Jeffrey Katzenberg in the bad hair boss role, is being produced by Mark Burnett. Page Six’s “source” says “[i]t will obviously have a different name.” It will probably also have a completely different format and subject, since Variety is reporting that Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg are teaming up–along with Sylvester Stallone–to produce The Contender, which “will focus on a nationwide search for a new boxing superstar.” Thus, Burnett’s manager’s denial to Page Six is apparently the accurate part of the story, but since when did Page Six let accuracy get in its way? Burnett says “Sly will be the heart and soul of the show” and will “mentor these fighters with the whole ‘Rocky’ spirit.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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