When I think about the Olympics I don't think about the grandeur of the competitions, the feeling of global community, the individual stories of the athletes, or the mesmerizing synchronized swimming routines. The one thing that comes to mind when I think about the Olympics: anonymity. Out of the thousands of athletes that compete in these games many fade into the daily routine of their countries once the Closing Ceremony is completed.
Yet, there are a handful, particularly the up-and-coming stars of each Olympic games, that remain in the spotlight well after the torch has been extinguished. Some continue into the professional sports realm, others become "experts" in their field, and some jump into another profession altogether. Then there are those who enjoy the television spotlight so much that they remain in the medium in one capacity or another.
Sometimes it's as themselves on other television properties. Other times they dabble into the acting field with mixed results. Here are seven Olympic athletes who continued their careers on television in one form or another.
Then with Commander in Chief on ABC, he made Geena Davis the President and actually showed her in action -- until the show was canceled.
Lurie's working on another female-driven drama now for Showtime, but this time it's not about politics. Hillary Jones is the name of the show and the character, a police detective working vice in Los Angeles during the week, but moonlighting as a hooker in Nevada during the weekend.
She's not breaking the law, though, because prostitution -- as you and I know from the movies -- is legal there.
The producers expect the show to move to another network, which means that somehow boxing is still considered by someone as a viable form of entertainment. I mean, I know we're in a recession and all, but did the whole world get transported back to 1932, Island in the Sea of Time style when I wasn't looking?
The best part about the show's continued existence is that Greg Giraldo can continue performing his classic stand-up bit: "There's a new reality show out there now in which they get together a bunch of boxers and try to find the best one. Remember the show they used to have where they tried to do that? Yeah, it was called Boxing."
- At 8, FOX has the Red Sox/Indians game.
- ABC has a new Cavemen at 8, followed by new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
- CBS has new episodes of NCIS, The Unit, and Cane.
- NBC has the special Matt Lauer Reports (an interview with Senator Larry Craig) at 8, and then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
- The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, then a new Reaper.
- There's a new Nova on PBS at 8, followed by a new Frontline.
- ESPN has two new eps of The World Series of Poker starting at 8, then a new Contender.
- HBO has a new Five Days at 9.
- History Channel has a new Mega Disasters at 9.
- At 9:45, TCM has the special Vitaphone Shorts.
- At 10, Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes, followed by the series premiere of Two Dudes Catering.
- TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.
- Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
- Also at 10: FX has a new Damages.
Check your local TV listings for more.
- At 8, FOX has the season premiere of Bones, then the season premiere of House.
- ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars at 8, then the season premiere of Boston Legal.
- CBS has the season premiere of NCIS at 8, followed by the season premiere of The Unit and the debut of Cane.
- There's a new Biggest Loser on NBC at 8, then the season premiere of Law and Order: SVU.
- The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, followed by the series premiere of Reaper.
- PBS has another installment of The War at 8.
- ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker, then a new episode of The Contender.
- HBO has Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later at 8.
- Also at 8: ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights.
- At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Eureka, then a new ECW.
- Gordon Ramsay talks to Larry King on CNN at 9.
- At 10, FX has a new Damages.
- TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.
Check your local TV listings for more.
You probably thought that The Contender had disappeared from the television galaxy after its one and only season on NBC, didn't you? Well, you'd be utterly wrong. The fact of the matter is that the boxing reality show has been a quiet success on ESPN. So much so, that it has been renewed for a third season.
To refresh your memory The Contender, which is hosted by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, features 16 fighters that compete for the Contender championship and the share of a seven-figure purse. The season two finale of the show drew 2.3 million viewers and was ESPN's top-rated boxing telecast in nine years.
In the third season, which will premiere on September 4th at 10 pm, look for a new weight class, new trainers, and a bigger purse. In addition, viewers will be able to see unedited versions of each week's episode-ending bout on ESPN2.
The premiere is actually coming up very soon: Sept. 4. So you won't have to wait too long if you are ready to see some amateur meat machines bash the snot out of each other.
Yup, the two have been dating since 2004.
The reality show king and the former star of Touched By An Angel have gotten engaged, officially. I knew that Burnett was divorced, but I didn't know that Downey has been married twice before, once to actor Leland Orser (currently Dr. Dubenko on ER) and once to director David Anspaugh (Rudy, Hoosiers, Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, E-Ring, The Bedford Diaries).
I wonder if Burnett will turn this into another show. There's no wedding date yet, but I'm sure the couple will honeymoon on some beautiful desert island, where they will be immediately separated into two different tribes and forced to compete against each other in races, puzzle-making, and the eating of monkey testicles.
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Sure, you'll be busy cooking and/or running around to various homes tomorrow, but you might want to turn on the TV too. There's a lot more on than just football.
- At 9am, CBS has The Thanksgiving Day Parade. Not exactly sure what this is, but it's from NYC, so maybe it's the Macy's parade but they can't call it that for legal reasons?
- NBC has The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9.
- The History Channel has American Eats at 9, followed by More American Eats.
- TLC has a Take Home Chef marathon starting at 9.
- There's a marathon of The Closer at 9 on TNT.
- FX has two Thanksgiving episodes of Spin City at 9.
- Discovery has a marathon of I Shouldn't Be Alive, also at 9.
- Food Network has Thanksgiving episodes all day long, starting at 9:30.
- Lifetime has a Thanksgiving episode of Frasier at 10.
- Spike has a James Bond marathon starting at 10.
- A Project Runway marathon airs on Bravo at 10.
- Another marathon: Sci-Fi has several eps of Eureka, also at 10.
- Shortly after 10, IFC has Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes as a woman who cooks her first Thanksgiving dinner.
- At noon, CBS has the Dolphins vs. the Lions, while NBC has The National Dog Show.
- TBS has a Home Improvement marathon starting at noon with a Thanksgiving ep.
- Yup, another marathon: ESPN has The Contender at noon.
- ABC will have its regular soap lineup starting at 1pm: All My Children, One Life To Live, and General Hospital.
- The Family Channel has a Thanksgiving Full House at 3, followed by Turkey Day eps of other shows, including 7th Heaven.
- At 3:30, FOX has the Bucs vs. the Cowboys.
- At 6, TLC has the Thanksgiving ep of Little People, Big World.
Instead of boxing, the international edition of The Contender will feature Thai boxing. Yes, martial arts fans, it's The Contender Muay Thai. You're going to have to wait for it to show up on YouTube though. The show will only air in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
On top of that, the format of the show changed. Before, each week there was a competition. The winning team got to pick the fight for the week. This season, the team of the winner from the previous fight picked the next one. That left a big chunk of time to fill in each episode. That wasn't automatically bad, but the way they chose to fill it wasn't the best. From the episodes I saw, which was probably three quarters of them, more often than not a lot of that time went to showing us the same story for each fighter. Doing it for his family. Rough past. Orchestral music swelling. It got a little tedious.
- Out: Law and Order: Trial By
Jury, American Dreams, Medical Investigation, Committed, The Contender, Third Watch.
- New: The Apprentice: Martha Stuart, Three Wishes, E-Ring, Fathom, Inconceivable, My Name Is Earl, Thick and Thin, Four Kings.
- Returning: Scrubs, Fear Factor, Las Vegas, The Biggest Loser, Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit, Law & Order, Joey, Will
& Grace, The Apprentice, ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crossing Jordan, Medium.
- Moving: The West Wing (Sundays, 8-9 p.m. EST), The Office (Tuesdays, 9:30-10 p.m. EST), Dateline NBC (Fridays 9-10 p.m. EST).
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