The Next Great Champ News
October 6, 2004
Champ will move to the FOX Sports Network on October 10th. The following is from the FOX site:
"That evening, FSN has scheduled a marathon of THE NEXT GREAT CHAMP, which enables viewers to catch up with the hard-hitting series produced by eight-time World Champion Oscar De La Hoya and television powerhouse Endemol USA. Episodes one through four, each one hour, make their cable premiere beginning at 5:00 PM local time on FSN regional sports networks from coast to coast. Episode four is being repeated at 9:00 PM local time on Monday, Oct. 11. Six days later, on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 6:00 PM local time, previously un-aired episodes premiere, and continue in this, the show’s new regular time slot, through Sunday, Nov. 14. Each new episode is also being repeated Sunday night at midnight, and the following Monday at 9:00 PM local time. Given the move to FSN, Endemol, De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Productions and the network are in discussions concerning the blockbuster THE NEXT GREAT CHAMP finale, details of which will be announced at a later date."
May 7, 2004
The war of worlds continues before they step into the ring.
According to Scripps Howard Oscar De La Hoya rejected The Contender because it's a "tough-man contest," as opposed to real boxing. De La Hoya reportedly turned down NBC and Mark Burnett's offer to star in The Contender. He then began creation a similar show, to be called The Next Great Champ. De La Hoya says The Contender, is a "(glorified) tough-man contest" "It can be any person off the street -- it can't be real fighting. It takes talent to fight." "This is going to bring visibility to our sport and open some eyes. Our show is coming out in November and their show is coming out a little later. I think that there's enough pie out there for everyone."
April 22, 2004
The auditorium is full of smoke as they step into the ring and face off. In this corner, Mark Burnett's The Contender, and in that other corner over there is upstart FOX networks The Next Great Champ. Is it going to be a TKO? For now is just po'd! FOX says it's recently announced boxing reality show is not an illegal punch aimed at NBC's The Contender. In fact FOX insists it's different because ... "the winner of this show will actually fight for an existing title," Champ producer David Goldberg told Variety. Contender Executive Producer Mark Burnett counter punches; "..... we feel they've stepped over the line, it's creatively outrageous ..... and we (will) take legal action." The bell sounds ending round one. The ghost of Howard Cosell says, "Score that one for The Next Great Champ which actually features a Champ, as opposed to The Contender which features a guy who played a contender in a movie."
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