Contender renewal, rematch fight both may be announced this week

Although The Contender is not on NBC’s fall schedule, it hasn’t been officially cancelled. According to the New York Times, “An NBC spokeswoman said that while it did not have the show on its fall lineup, the network had not passed on ‘The Contender’ altogether.” Producer Mark Burnett confirmed “that if NBC was not interested, a cable channel was a possibility.” That cable channel reportedly is ESPN. Regardless, it’s “highly likely” that a renewal will be announced sometime this week.

Meanwhile, what was up with Sly and Sugar Ray constantly talking about a rematch while the final fight was still going on? While Peter and Sergio were fighting, Sly said, “I know the fight’s not even over yet, but I gotta start thinking about a rematch.” Burnett says “it was just natural exuberance from Sly and Ray–the fight was so close.” The paper reports that “he expected to announce another fight this week and that a rematch of the two fighters is a strong possibility.” The Providence Journal notes rumors “that a Contender tournament is being planned for July 5 in Las Vegas featuring the four finalists on the show–Manfredo, Mora, Alfonso Gomez and Jesse Brinkley.” Peter Manfredo Sr. “hadn’t heard anything from either NBC or Mark Burnett … [but] thought that July 5 was too soon for his son to get back in the ring,” the paper reports.

Low Ratings Aside, a Call for a Contender Rematch [New York Times]
Manfredo feels like a winner after loss [Providence Journal]

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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