Meet Mike Millionaire
•Reality shows, as president of ABC entertainment Susan Lyne put it last week, can be like crack for networks. And the addiction only grows worse. As SI first reported last August, a reality show featuring Mike Tyson is moving inexorably toward reality. Triage Entertainment, the folks who brought you Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS last year, are planning a series that would follow an ordinary joe as he trains for a fight against Iron Mike, which would take place on the final episode. A Triage spokesperson told SI that the show "is a done deal," and Fox (naturally) is among the networks reportedly interested. While Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel was more cautious, saying they were still in negotiations with Triage, he noted that Tyson wouldn't be afraid to let the cameras follow him around. If the deal's made, said Finkel, "you'll see a lot of Mike Tyson." A Tyson show could well be a hit. Iron Mike's carnival act mixes
celebrity, sleaze (think Anna Nicole Smith) and danger (think Fear Factor), and the prospect of some schlub getting his lights punched out will have the appeal of a televised execution. It's also a good deal. Unlike many of Tyson's TV appearances, this one won't cost $54.95.
•After 40 years in broadcasting, Marv Albert will call his first Super Bowl as the play-by-play man on the Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports coverage of Super Bowl XXXVII. The broadcast caps off a terrific first year for Albert and analyst Boomer Esiason.
One Hot League
•NFL ratings are soaring: CBS got a 26.4 overnight for the Raiders-Titans AFC Championship, up 10% from last year's Steelers-Patriots title game. Fox got a 26.5 for the Bucs-Eagles NFC Championship, up nearly 5% from Rams-Eagles last year.