Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week:

The Contender One of the Best Ever

The Bleacher Report posted their choices for the The Best 50 Sports Shows of All TimeThe Contender came in at # 44 and here’s why…

  • The Contender was the brainchild of Mark Burnett of Survivor fame, and was originally hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard and Sylvester Stallone The show featured a bunch of amateur boxers trying to make it big. It was just a fun watch to see what it takes to make someone into a professional boxer.  The desperation some of these guys had was palpable, and it made it that much more entertaining to watch.  It eventually fizzled out, but I enjoyed the first season.

“The Contender” is a Winner!

Larry Stewart, in his August 11, 2006 column for the LA Times. com says that The Contender has
become a winner! Here are some excerpts:
* “Boxing is in a slump…
* “There is one boxing format, however, that is suddenly showing signs of success — “The Contender.” * The reality series has been revamped from its first season on NBC and is now on ESPN Tuesday nights at 7.”
* “Through four weeks, it is averaging a 1.2 rating and each show is reaching an average of 1.1 million homes. That represents a 33% increase for the same time slot last year.”
* “ESPN is the perfect home for the show,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of DreamWorks and
one of the creators of “The Contender.”
* “The lead producer is Mark Burnett, creator of the “Survivor” series. Last year Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard were co-hosts, but Stallone is now busy filming another “Rocky” movie, leaving
Leonard as the lone host.”
* “The series started four weeks ago with 16 fighters and is now down to 12. Each show provides an
inside look at the fighters and their families and friends and concludes with a five-round fight. The
losers go home until only two are left. The live finale will take place Sept. 26 at the Staples Center, with the winner getting $500,000.”
* “The boxers, culled from a nationwide search, are all professionals with winning records, and all in the 148-pound weight class.”

For Larry Stewart’s full article click HERE – Craig  

The Contender in Entertainment Weekly

The June 9, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly looks at “67 Shows You Can’t Miss.” Here’s a few quotes about The Contender:

* NBC is a very wide audience; ESPN is a sports audience.

* It’s probably the correct home for The Contender.

* They are without the hosting skills of Sylvester Stallone, who was busy filming Rocky Balboa (the actor will stay on as exec producer).

* That emotion is, of course, compounded by observing the boxers’ parents, wives and children sit ringside as they they fight – a concept that comes from the master himself. “Stallone advised me correctly,” says (MarkBurnett, “that Adrian was the key element in Rocky.”

* These kids are noble warriors.

The Contender returns July 18th at 10pm on ESPN – Craig

The Contender Making a Comeback?

The odds of The Contender returning next season are looking better all the time. On MondayJuly 18thESPN announced it was close to acquiring the rights for a second season of “The Contender.”

My guess is that if ESPN picks it up, Sly won’t appear each week. I say this for two reasons: 1] ESPN‘s budget won’t match NBC‘s and 2] Sly is gearing up for some major film work.

Still, I’m hoping that The Contender is able to make a comeback! – Craig

The Contender Has a Fighting Chance

MSNBC.com‘s Ask the Reality Show Experts posted an insteresting answer to the following question:

Will ESPN pick up the boxing reality show?

Here’s a bit of their answer: Contender fans aren’t going down without a fight…

NBC’s “The Contender”
may not have been a
smash hit, but it had a
solid base of about 6
million
viewers per week, and it has rabid support among fans…

Executive producers Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone, and Mark Burnett are reportedly talking to ESPN about taking the series to the cable network for a second season…

NBC has said they haven’t officially turned down the show yet. Last week Burnett told the New York Times that a renewal announcement was “highly likely” last week. There hasn’t been word yet, but all of these seem to add up to a return for “The Contender.”

For full details click HERE.

Craig

Want to Win Sly’s Desk?


Want to win Sylvester Stallone‘s desk?
Yeah, that one. The one in the picture to the left. Yes, the very one that Sly used on “The Contender.”

You can be the proud owner, if you’re the high bidder in a charity auction to benefit Sly‘s favorite charity, The Heart of a Child.

The auction’s going on right now. I was going to bid, but the price is way out of my range.

Heck, Sugar Ray and Jackie Kallen‘s desks are up for auction as well. But they’re not in the budget either.

Still, maybe one of you ZONErs with deep pockets will win. If so, you can thank me later! : )

– Craig

 

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