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Series 7: The Contenders Details


The "reality TV" craze is taken to its final, logical extreme as six people hunt each other down in a small town for the benefit of network TV cameras in this darkly comic satire. "The Contenders" is a top-rated television game show in which six contestants are set loose in the same Connecticut community, with orders to kill or be killed; the last of the six who is still alive is declared the winner. As "The Contenders" goes into its seventh season, Dawn (Brooke Smith) is a two-time champion who is hoping to hold on to her title, despite the fact that she's due to have a baby in a month. Dawn's rivals this time out are Tony (Michael Kaycheck), an unemployed blue-collar worker with a taste for violence; Connie (Marylouise Burke), a middle-aged nurse who doesn't like to hurt people but is an experienced hand with a syringe; Lindsay (Merritt Wever), an 18-year-old dance student whose parents are eager to see her compete; Franklin (Richard Venture), an elderly conspiracy theorist with a tenuous hold on reality; and Jeff (Glenn Fitzgerald), who is dying of testicular cancer -- and was Dawn's boyfriend years ago. Series 7: The Contenders marked the directorial debut for [[Performer~P202639~Daniel Minahan~danielminahan]], who previously employed pop culture and America's obsession with violence as themes in his screenplay for I Shot Andy Warhol. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 20, 2001


Brooke Smith
as Dawn
Glenn Fitzgerald
as Jeff
Marylouise Burke
as Connie
Richard Venture
as Franklin
Merritt Wever
as Lindsay
Nada Despotovich
as Michelle
Donna Hanover
as Sheila
Danton Stone
as Bob
Jennifer Van Dyck
as Laura
Tanny Mc Donald
as Dawn's Mother
Will Arnett
as Narrator


Daniel Minahan
Joana Vicente
Katie Roumel
Christine Vachon
Daniel Minahan
Randy Drummond
Malcolm Jamieson
Gideon Ponte
Production Designer
Gretchen McGowan
Pamela Koffler
Associate Producer
Susan Shopmaker
Lewis Goldstein
Sound Director