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4 items from 2008

'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' Comes Back With Two-Hour Season Premiere Tonight on Fox

4 September 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Tonight, fans of the very amusing reality competition that pits adults against smart kids returns to Fox, with a two-hour long season premiere that features celebrity contestants.  We previously reported that the recently syndicated show will feature celebrities such as former supermodel Kathy Ireland as they enter the battle of the brains with a fresh batch of fifth graders.  Some of the celebrities who will be playing for their favorite charities include Superman himself, Dean Cain, talk show host Star Jones, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Beverly Hills star Jennifer Garth and Kiss frontman, Gene Simmons.

Tonight, fans gear up for another season of fun-filled competitions as Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? returns to television screens.  Before anything else, though, let’s take a look at this season’s young faces who claim they could beat their adult counterparts.

First up, we have Olivia, who was born on »

- BuddyTV

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Furtado to star in EA's 'Celebrity Sports'

14 August 2008 1:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Electronic Arts has announced it is developing a new sports game with a twist for the Nintendo Wii. Celebrity Sports Showdown, which will include 12 outdoor sports games such as Beach Volleyball, Smash Badminton and Slalom Showdown, will allow players to compete with a lineup of built-in celebrities. Stars including Fergie, Avril Lavigne, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban and Nelly Furtado, as well as sporting heroes Sugar Ray Leonard, Paul Pierce and Mia Hamm, will compete in what EA describes as a "great Wii party game". Other sports featured in the game include Inner-Tubing, Wild Water Canoeing, Hurdle Derby, (more) »

- By David Gibbon

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The Contender: Boxing Series Cancelled for a Second Time -- Will It Return for Round Three?

11 April 2008 2:02 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Contender boxing competition series started its run on NBC back on March 7, 2005. Produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Rocky veteran Sylvester Stallone and boxer/trainer Sugar Ray Leonard, the reality show followed 16 middle-weights as they competed for a million dollar prize. The show garnered low-ratings and viewership wasn't likely helped by the suicide of one of the eliminated competitors. the series was cancelled after one season.

A few months later, Espn picked up the series. The cable channel dropped most of the show's extraneous elements and focused on the boxer training and matches. The Contender has aired on Espn for two seasons but now the sports channel says that they're finished with it as well.

Espn vice president of series development and production Ron Wechsler tells Espn.com, "It was a hard decision to make. We were talking to [promoter Tournament of Contenders] about a renewal but we couldn't come to terms. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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'Dream' cleared in 90% of country

14 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has cleared a two-hour Martin Luther King Jr. Day special in 90% of the country, including such TV stations as WNBC New York, KCAL Los Angeles and WCIU Chicago.

"We Have a Dream", intended to air on the Jan. 21 holiday, celebrates King and Black History Month by profiling successful blacks who have achieved the American dream and inspire others. The special features Denzel Washington, Sugar Ray Leonard, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods, Sidney Poitier, Will Smith and Morgan Freeman, among others. »

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