Articles for American Gladiators Season 1

After flaunting her dance moves on the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars, professional boxer Laila Ali has signed on to join Hulk Hogan, wrestling icon and star of the reality series Hogan Knows Best, to co-host the return of American Gladiators.One of NBC‘s latest midseason primetime offerings, American Gladiators is a competitive series that matches contestants against each other, as well as the show‘s own gladiators in a contest of strength and agility.  The series originally aired in 1989 and has been revived by NBC for a 2008 airing, with open casting calls currently taking place for this new version. Read more »
American Gladiators is back!  NBC announced that the resurrected reality competition series will return to air on Sunday, January 6 on prime time NBC.  The reincarnation of the ‘90s late night guilty pleasure will be hosted by former WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan and boxer/famous daughter Laila Ali.  It hasn‘t been announced which Sunday show NBC will be replacing American Gladiators with or which time slot it will air in, but that news should come soon.  Maybe NBC hasn‘t decided yet.  You may have seen the new promos for American Gladiators either during the Macy‘s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Monday‘s episode of Heroes.  For a loyal American Gladiators fan like myself, I couldn‘t be more excited for the show‘s return.  Read more »
Despite rampant optimism over the last couple weeks, the writers‘ strike looks no closer to ending and NBC‘s mid-season schedule makes that abundantly clear.  NBC has loaded up on reality fare, devoting at least one hour every night to reality shows.  Nearly a third of NBC‘s prime-time schedule will be of the reality variety.  New additions coming early in 2008 include American Gladiators, 1 vs. 100, and Celebrity Apprentice.  Also, a new season of The Biggest Loser will air and Deal or No Deal will continue with new episodes.  Read more »
As previously reported, NBC has announced its primetime revival of American Gladiators, which will premiere with a special two-hour broadcast on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT.  Though the network hasn‘t released an official list of participants, the names of the new gladiators are starting to trickle out one by one as the taping of the show is already underway.Similar to the original American Gladiators franchise, which aired on syndication in the U.S. from 1989 to 1996, NBC‘s revival will feature amateur male and female contenders pitted against gladiator professionals.  The show will follow 12 gladiators, six men and six women, as they take on contestants both male and female.  This time, in a new twist, the players will be given the opportunity to train for their match, while viewers will be given a glimpse of their personalities prior to the actual competition. Read more »
Following the release of the names of most of the male and female participants on NBC‘s upcoming primetime revival of American Gladiators, new details about the identities of the remaining male gladiators have surfaced the internet. As reported last week, five male gladiators have already been named, which leaves Toa and Hammer as the unnamed gladiator and the unnamed alternate gladiator, respectively.  Now, curious fans can get to know the persons behind these aliases. Read more »
Following NBC‘s official announcement of the fresh batch of warriors, consisting of six men and women, to battle on American Gladiators, the news about their contenders are gradually surfacing the media.  One of the first contenders to grace the ultimate “David and Goliath battle” is professional skateborder Chad Knight, who is expected to appear on  the premiere episode airing on Sunday, January 6. Read more »
American Gladiators is what it is.  Cheesy fun, with underdog contestants, awkward interviews and sometimes gripping action.  After tuning in to the two hour premiere of the new American Gladiators (the original closed down shop 13 years ago) last night, one thing was clear – the show is almost exactly like the original.  Format is the same, most of the challenges are the same, and it‘s as corny as it was in 1988.  It‘s amazing what the writers‘ strike has turned prime time TV into: a series that was on Saturdays at midnight in syndication is now a prime time event.  That being said, I wouldn‘t be surprised if Gladiators becomes a significant hit in this current reality TV-infused network landscape.  The show has its merits - anything that involves an excess of tight spandex usually does. Read more »
In an unexpected move, NBC has decided to offer its owned and affiliated stations a second run of the first three episodes of its latest reality TV revival of American Gladiators for non-primetime broadcast on the weekends of January 19-20, January 26-27 and February 2-3. The idea behind the network‘s decision comes from the recent NBC Affiliate Board meeting, which aims to increase the new show‘s audience sampling. Read more »
After the successful premiere of NBC‘s American Gladiators and the promising debut in its regular time slot last Monday, the competitive series will attempt to flex its ratings with tonight‘s new episode.Read on to find out what‘s in store for the third episode of American Gladiators. Read more »
On Monday, Craig Plastis, Executive Vice President of NBC‘s Alternative Programming Development and Specials, announced that the network has picked up a second season of its latest reality series, American Gladiators.  The show premiered on Sunday, January 6, and has continued to draw in strong ratings for the network. "American Gladiators has delivered everything we were hoping for and has come out of the gate as a top contender," Plestis said.  "We couldn‘t be more pleased with the audience reaction to this top-notch show all ages can enjoy." Read more »
Who could have predicted this, right? If you were to tell me six months ago that NBC would revive my childhood favorite American Gladiators, make it a prime time event and that it would become a major hit for a network in desperate need of such a hit, I would‘ve told you to put down the bong and take a nap.  It‘s astonishing, really, that American Gladiators, the formerly syndicated late-night cult hit featuring ‘roided up beasts beating the crap out of Joe Six-Pack in a series of contrived athletic events, is now receiving over ten million viewers per episode in prime time.  In some ways, it makes me really happy.  In others, it makes me question where this country is going.  Mostly, it‘s just nice to have Assault back in my life.  On the heels of Gladiators‘ ratings success, NBC has already green lit a second season that will air this summer in the weeks leading up to NBC‘s coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.  Along with NBC pillaging the country music reality series Nashville Star from sister network USA, the Peacock has designated their summer programming as “NBC‘s All-American Summer.” Read more »

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