Sugar Ray Leonard joins Contender team, while MGM shops Rocky series.

Sugar Ray Leonard joins Contender team, while MGM shops Rocky series.
Boxing may soon take over home makeover shows as the most overexposed reality TV subject. Sugar Ray Leonard is joining Sylvester Stallone and The Contender team. Producer Mark Burnett says “aspiring contenders will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with and be mentored by one of the greatest champions of all time.” In addition to that NBC show, and the boxing-related reality TV show that George Foreman is shopping, there are at least two other series being pitched. MGM is shopping a series using the Rocky franchise name, and Paramount is developing a series with Roy Jones, Jr. And according to Variety, “Don King may also be looking to jump into the fray, as may former champ Oscar De La Hoya, industry insiders said.” MGM officials say their Rocky concept “has been in the works since last May,” conceding that they may have been “moving too slowly,” an exec says.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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