UK and US fighters face off in Contender Challenge tonight

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, ESPN debuts The Contender Challenge, a six-episode competition series that pits veterans from the show against UK fighters. The series also airs on ITV in the UK, and features fights that took place March 30.

The US fighters, led by Sugar Ray Leonard, will fight in eight-round bouts. The one-hour shows will apparently introduce the two fighters and show their bout, and that’s it.

In a press release, ESPN’s Ron Wechsler said that the new series “offers a format that extends the fans’ relationship with the fighters to see how they stack up against international competition.”

Let’s hope they do better than first season runner-up Peter Manfredo, who lost his attempt to claim the super middleweight title on Saturday against Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe; the referee stopped the fight in the third round.

The Contender Challenge [ESPN]

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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