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[05/09/12 - 05:28 AM]
NBC's Alternative Programming Enhanced by New Overall Development Deals With Top Reality Series Producers
Jason Ehrlich, David A. Hurwitz, Alex Katz, Lee Metzger, Howie Mandel, Tom Shelly, Craig Plestis and Jason Raff are among those set up at the Peacock.

[08/10/09 - 02:11 PM]
The Search Is On! MTV Teams Up with Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Mark Burnett to Seek Out the Next Music Megastar in 'P. Diddy's Starmaker' August 16 at 10 PM ET/PT
Plus: Pete Wentz, Lady Gaga, Nicole Scherzinger and Kelly Rowland will make special appearances throughout the series.

[09/29/08 - 06:09 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 29
Updates include: Versus revives "The Contender"; Anthony Edwards to develop series for CBS Paramount Network Television; and HBO orders "Americatown" from Bradford Winters.

[04/10/08 - 10:25 PM]
ESPN Takes Series 'The Contender' Out of the Ring
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael confirms the cable channel has pulled the plug on the series.

[03/18/08 - 02:03 PM]
Emmy Award(R) Winner Mark Burnett Returns to Helm the 17th Annual 2008 MTV Movie Awards
The annual show will again premiere live on Sunday, June 1 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.

[08/22/07 - 12:07 PM]
NBC Benefits from 'Amne$ia' with New Original Quiz Show from Mark Burnett Productions
The series is "a high-energy game show where contestants are challenged to answer tough questions for money and prizes" with the twist being "all of the questions come from the contestant's own life."

[08/06/07 - 12:54 PM]
The Contender to Return to ESPN September 4
The third season of The Contender will also feature several enhancements including a different weight class and "for the first time, true boxing fans will be able to see the entire fight each week on ESPN2."

[01/11/07 - 03:40 PM]
Television Maverick & Emmy Award(R) Winner Mark Burnett Set to Executive Produce the 16th Annual 2007 MTV Movie Awards
The reality guru will executive produce the ceremony, which airs Sunday, June 3.

[10/03/06 - 10:13 AM]
ESPN's the Contender Season Finale Ranks as One of the Highest-Rated Eoe Boxing Telecasts in Nine Years
2.3 million viewers tuned into the show's two-hour September 26 season finale.

[08/16/06 - 12:00 AM]
Five Blue-Chip Marketers Sign on to Sponsor Gold Rush - the Groundbreaking Interactive Reality Game from Mark Burnett and AoL.com

[07/28/06 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: July 24-28 (Weekly Round-Up)

[07/19/06 - 12:00 AM]
'Eureka' Scores as Sci Fi's Highest Rated Series Launch Ever!

[06/29/06 - 12:00 AM]
Msn Presents the Ultimate in Online Rock 'N' Roll: "Rock Star: Supernova" Premieres July 5 Only on Msn

[05/17/06 - 12:00 AM]
Aol and Mark Burnett Productions Partner with the CBS Television Network to Bring Gold Rush - the Groundbreaking Online Reality Game - to Life

[02/10/06 - 12:00 AM]
Applications and Audition Tapes for Rock Star: The Series (Working Title) Now Being Accepted by the CBS Television Network

[02/03/06 - 12:00 AM]
Rock Star: The Series (Working Title) Returns This Summer to the CBS Television Network

[01/30/06 - 12:00 AM]
Mark Burnett Productions and Aol to Produce "Gold Rush!" -- First-Ever Reality Treasure Hunt Exclusively on AoL.com

[12/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: November 30-December 1

[09/15/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's "Martha" Debuts to Solid Ratings

[09/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
Ty Taylor Is the Tenth Performer Eliminated from the Competition on "Rock Star: Inxs"

[08/16/05 - 12:00 AM]
Martha -- One Name and One Show That Will Make a Difference in Daytime

[08/11/05 - 12:00 AM]
The Contender Coming to ESPN April 2006

[07/20/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: July 18-20

[07/14/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Universal Television Group Scores Big at Emmy Nominations

[07/14/05 - 12:00 AM]
57th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominees

[07/08/05 - 12:00 AM]
Viewers from Around the World to Have a Voice in the Outcome Each Week on CBS' "Rock Star: Inxs," Which Premieres July 11 (9:00-10:00 Pm, ET/PT)

[06/03/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC Programming Changes

[05/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
Post-Upfront Frequently Asked Questions

[05/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
Strong Thursday Finales Highlight NBC's Final Full Week of the '04-05 Season

[05/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC Programming Schedule Changes

[05/20/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC to Air a Marathon of "The Contender" This Weekend

[05/16/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC Programming Change: "The Contender" Finale Will Re-Air on 5/27

[05/15/05 - 12:00 AM]
Nbc, Abc, FOX and the WB Set Initial 2005-06 Season Orders

[05/13/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC Programming Change: Two Hour Contender Finale, Wednesday, 5/25

[05/12/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC Programming Changes

[04/25/05 - 12:00 AM]
Tickets for the Live Finale of NBC's "The Contender" Go on Sale Today

[04/20/05 - 12:00 AM]
Sarah Mclachlan and Robbie Robertson Re-Record "World on Fire" for TNT's Into the West

[04/18/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Springs Event-Driven May Sweeps with Series and Season Finales While Network Also Makes Waves with Celebrated Guest Stars

[03/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Presents a Special Easter Edition of 'The Contender'

[03/21/05 - 12:00 AM]
Viewers to Help Crown Miss USA 2005

[03/10/05 - 12:00 AM]
Michael Phelps, Molly Sims, Sugar Ray Leonard and Frederic Fekkai Headline Miss USA Judging Panel

[02/16/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: February 16

[02/15/05 - 12:00 AM]
CNBC to Re-Air 'The Contender' Beginning Tuesday, 3/8 at 8 PM and 11 Pm

[02/07/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Tweaks Spring Schedule by Moving Up Previews and Premiere of 'Law & Order: Trial by Jury' to March 3 and 4, Adds Preview of 'The Office' on March 24 and Adjusts Premiere to March 29

[02/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC's February Sweeps Includes 'Saturday Night Live' Special, Valentine-Themed Episodes of 'Joey,' 'Will & Grace' and 'Las Vegas,' Series Crossovers

[01/25/05 - 12:00 AM]
Mark Burnett Says Jump In

[01/21/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Announces Preview and Premiere Dates for New Tier of Highly Anticipated Series, Specials and Miniseries for Spring

[12/01/04 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Announces Premieres for Four New Mid-Season Series and a Special Live Finale for 'The Biggest Loser'

[10/05/04 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Punches in January for Premiere of 'The Contender' -- New Unscripted Series Searching for Next Boxing Superstar -- from Sylvester Stallone, Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg

[07/28/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: July 27-28

[07/13/04 - 12:00 AM]
FOX Rushes 'Trading Spouses' Onto Schedule

[07/10/04 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates, Changes

[06/30/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: June 28-30

[06/25/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: June 21-25

[05/17/04 - 12:00 AM]
2004 Broadcast Upfront Presentations: Nbc, Part 6

[05/17/04 - 12:00 AM]
2004 Broadcast Upfront Presentations: Nbc, Part 1

[05/16/04 - 12:00 AM]
Early Plans Leak from Five of Six Major Networks

[05/14/04 - 12:00 AM]
Early NBC Fall Schedule Sees Seven New Series

[04/19/04 - 12:00 AM]
FOX's Contender: 'The Next Great Champ'

[03/26/04 - 12:00 AM]
NBC: Majority of Current Schedule to Return

[03/22/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: March 22

[03/15/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: March 15

[03/12/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: March 12

[02/23/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: February 23

[02/18/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: February 18







CONTENDER, THE (VERSUS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
3/7/05 - 2/25/09
STATUS:
canceled/ended (2008-2009 season)
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
SEASON(S):
4 (51 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION:
(from Versus's web site, November 2008) The fourth season of THE CONTENDER features 16 Cruiserweights from around the world who will face each other in a 12-episode competition. With former boxer and television star Tony Danza serving as host and mentor and veteran Tommy Brooks & John Bray serving as trainers, these fighters will go through the most intense training of their lives and battle in the most challenging fights of their careers. In the end, the two left standing will get into the ring to fight for the coveted title of Contender Champion.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Jeffrey Katzenberg as EP
· Mark Burnett as EP
· Sylvester Stallone as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· DreamWorks Television
· ESPN Original Entertainment
· Mark Burnett Productions