The Contender may move to ESPN.

The Contender isn’t knocked out yet. Executive producer Mark Burnett, who has previously said that this is “my favorite work of my career,” told reporters after the finale, “I’ve never had such pats on the back as I’ve had for ‘The Contender.’ I’m totally committed to it. If NBC doesn’t want to do it, we’ll go somewhere else. … The public wants more of these guys and our job is to provide it to them.” Burnett said that NBC is keeping lame series like “Joey” because of syndication. “It’s all about money. Those (other) programs can make a lot of money for NBC in the future,” he said.

And a move to a new network is already in the works. That network: ESPN. According to the Orange County Register, hosts “[Sylverster] Stallone and [Sugar Ray] Leonard are in negotiations with ESPN for a second season of the program.”

‘The Contender’ has another round in it [Orange County Register]
Reality show’s final bout packs a punch [Las Vegas Sun via TVtattle]

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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