February 16, 2005 |
Najai Turpin, a 23-year-old middleweight boxer from Philadelphia and a contestant on NBC's upcoming reality series "The Contender," has committed suicide, Philadelphia police said Tuesday. Turpin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at 4 a.m. Monday morning while sitting in his Chevy Lumina, parked around the corner from his house in West Philadelphia, said police Sgt. Ron McClane.
February 8, 2005 |
NBC, facing a tough season in the ratings, is tinkering with its prime-time schedule. "The Contender," the long-awaited boxing reality show from Sylvester Stallone and producer Mark Burnett, will air at 8 p.m. Sundays starting March 13, the network announced Monday. It will square off against the ABC hit "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." To make way for "Contender," the low-rated '60s drama "American Dreams" will move to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, opposite another popular ABC show, "Lost."
May 4, 2004 |
And you thought boxing couldn't get weirder after Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear. Fox and NBC are brawling over rival unscripted series designed to find America's next boxing champions. And even though viewers won't see either show for months, the high stakes are already making the typical Las Vegas bout look like a schoolyard scuffle.
February 21, 2004 |
The bidding for unscripted television shows hit new heights Friday when NBC agreed to pay a record $2 million-plus for each episode of a new boxing-themed show created by "reality" TV maestro Mark Burnett. The deal for "The Contender" is the most ever paid for a first-year unscripted series, raising questions about how the show can be profitable for the General Electric Co.-owned network.