ESPN “close to acquiring” The Contender, perhaps without Stallone

Mark Burnett’s The Contender looks like it’ll be heading to Disney’s sports channel ESPN. “ESPN said Monday it was close to acquiring the rights for a second season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

However, the paper notes that it’s “unclear whether Stallone would work on a second season … if it is acquired by ESPN. Some details remain to be worked out, the network said.”

A move to ESPN was rumored way back in late May, although HBO was also later mentioned as a possible home for the series.

ESPN could be a ‘Contender’ [The Hollywood Reporter]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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