Contender finale was ESPN’s highest-rated boxing show in nine years

The Contender 2‘s finale, during which Grady Brewer defeated Steve Forbes, was watched by 2.3 million people.

That makes it “the highest-rated boxing telecast on ESPN in nine years, dating back to January 10, 1997,” the network said in a press release.

The release suggests this may be good news for a possible Contender 3. In one of those fake press release quotes, an ESPN VP says, “The strength of these results demonstrates the continued hunger by our viewers not only for The Contender series but for the kind of programming it represents: compelling human drama that allows viewers to witness first-hand the ultimate outcome.”

ESPN’s The Contender Season Finale Ranks as One of the Highest-Rated EOE Boxing Telecasts in Nine Years [ESPN press release]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.