Stallone says “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender and compares it to Rocky.

Stallone says “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender and compares it to Rocky.
Despite tepid ratings, Sylvester Stallone says definitively that “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender. To help spark interest, the series will air a recap episode Sunday at 7 p.m. ET that includes Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard, and the winners discussing the first four fights. Stallone tells TV Guide that they “really love this show,” and compares it to the film that made him a star. “The odd thing is, this is how the first Rocky started off. [Producers] Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff took this canister of film to people’s homes and created a buzz–because nobody wanted to see an unknown in a boxing film that was done for under $1 million.” (Of course, each episode of The Contender costs $2 million.) Sugar Ray says, “Based upon what we have been up against, with the other networks doing everything they can to break us down, we stayed strong.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

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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