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.”

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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