The Contender

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  1. Matt Harrison

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    Are we ever going to see this show on DVD?

    I have been waiting ages for it but no word. I would love to see it released. I am getting pumped for Rocky VI already [​IMG]
     
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    To be honest, I don't think we'll see it on DVD. NBC switched the show to another channel before the finale... I loved the show, and there is always hope.

    Ryan
     
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    I'm almost certain NBC aired the finale. I know before the season's end, they announced that "The Contender" would not return for a second season. Shortly thereafter, ESPN picked it up, and will be airing season 2 in June I believe. But the entire first season run definitely aired on NBC.

    As per the topic, I'm not sure if I'd buy the show if it were to become available. I loved it when it first aired, but now the element of surprise and suspense is gone. I already know who wins, who looses, what happens, etc. I just don't see a lot of re-watchability where this one's concerned. That would explain why I don't buy other reality-based TV sets. [​IMG]
     
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    Season 2 starts in July (and yes, NBC aired the finale).

    I absolutely loved this show; and I think that the first season is probably the single greatest reality show season other than the first Survivor.

    I'd love to see a release of the first season to coincide with the second season's premiere...it was truly a fantastic show and I would love to rewatch it.
     
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    They'll probably put it out on disc. They put everything out!

    Didn't NBC skip a few episodes when they originally aired it? I seem to recall it getting cancelled before it was over.

    I'm still waiting to see the end of The Restaurant -- now that was riveting reality TV! NBC simply stopped airing it with about 3 or 4 episodes to go. [​IMG]
     
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    There must have been a simulacast, ehh. The rematches aired on another network, that's probably what I am thinking of...

    Original HTF Contender Thread
     
  7. Matt Harrison

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    Yeah I heard there was to be a second series. Looking forward to that if it happens. I did think there would not be a re-watch factor to it, but after not seeing it for a long time, I am ready to see the fights again. Just like a good Ali match, you seem to want to see it again.

    Here is hoping for a release.
     
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    I'm still waiting to see the fights for the first time. That ridiculous movie-style production was a huge mistake. I like watching boxing (and there's not enough of it on TV); I could care less about all the crowd reaction shots and quick-cuts. Why they couldn't simply show the 15-minute fight at the end of each 43-minute episode is beyond me.

    I am hoping that ESPN takes a more sports-oriented angle on the second season.
     
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    Yeah thats true. I would of liked to have seen the whole fight without the quick cuts.
     
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    Aaron, are you sure you're not mistaking "The Contender" with Oscar De La Hoya's failed series which aired on FOX entitled "The Next Great Champ"?

    I remember watching the debut episode of that one, and I had to change the channel after seeing the fight at the end. I thought the cinematics were far worse than those in "The Contender". I don't think TNGC reached completion due to low ratings. It really was quite bad.

    I don't get ESPN here in Canada, so I'm hoping TSN will pick up the 2nd season.
     
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    I'd rather see Univeral's "The Contender", the 1980 5-part CBS miniseries starring Marc Singer.
     
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    Never saw that one. I may be wrong about The Contender not airing all of its episodes on NBC though.
     

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