FOX’s Next Great Champ could be shut down by athletic officials for violations.

FOX’s Next Great Champ could be shut down by athletic officials for violations.

FOX’s boxing series could fall from a punch that’s coming from the California State Athletic Commission. The commission “is examining potential rule violations by the producers of the Fox show” because “a licensed promoter may not have been involved in the production of some of the boxing matches,” The New York Times reports. According to the Times, “The chairman of the commission, Sanford L. Michelman, said he considered shutting down the Fox show.” He said “at least two of the bouts were” conducted, as the paper reports, “without a licensed promoter” which “would violate both federal and California law.” Part of this involves Endemol USA, who apparently cut checks to participants despite not being a promoter. A lawyer for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy production company said, “We do believe the commission will come to the conclusion that the bouts were conducted properly.”

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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