NBC is getting into the ring with "American Gladiators," which has been revived by the Peacock for midseason.
The competition skein -- which featured players with names like Nitro, Turbo and Laser in its campy, early '90s syndie incarnation -- will be updated for the 21st century with new technology and twists. MGM TV, which was behind the original hit, is producing along with Reveille.
Peacock's interest in the revival actually predates the arrival of NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman, who began developing the project while still in charge of Reveille. Net confirmed last month that "Gladiator" was a priority at the net (Daily Variety, July 16).
I'm a HUGE Gladiators mark and if they can stay faithful to the spirit of the old shows, then I am all over it.
Of course, it'll be just weird to watch these shows without the presence of Mike Adamle. Maybe they can dust him out of mothballs.
I saw the thread title, and said to myself that the first post would start:
... as a reality show.
Because the original was as much a game show as any genre you could classify it into, no? Just because a repetitive pile of crap like "Deal or No Deal" could get decent ratings, I don't see this remotely working as a prime-time network show.
I was a fan of the original myself, but I just can't imagine what they could come up with to enough hook viewers from week to week to justify a network slot..
Exploding Barbed Wire Double Hell Time Bomb Atlasphere??
Just for old time's sake, I hope Rico Constantino is part of this. Lace too. She was HOT. Probably not so much now.
Like TheOldMan said, it would really work as a reality but I would like a reality/competition like The Ultimate Fighter.
I would watch a build-up of 10 men and 10 women as they compete for the right to Challenge the gladiators on the show. Every week 2 men and 2 women would be eliminated after a series of competitions until the final 2 would battle it out.
The popular rumor on the internets about Wesley Berry is that he's in prison for armed robbery/conspiracy to commit/accomplice to/something lame like that. Of course, no one can really corroborate this with anything more than, "Yeah I want to high school with him and talk to him all the time, he's innocent y'all!!"
I loved this show, and I'd give any new iteration at least a tryout. However, there are only two episodes of American Gladiators I remember distinctly. And really, it was just two discrete events. One was when Wesley Berry jumped over a car The other was potentially the coolest thing I have ever seen done on live/live-to-tape television. I won't ruin the surprise for those unlucky few that have never seen it, just clicky the linky. It still gives me chills watching it. Kyler Storm, where are you now??
Oh, man...I'm all over this. I can't wait to see what comes of it. As long as it's not a "Become the next American Gladiator!!!" reality show...I mean, when was that show last on?
I've seen 14 movies so far this year: Because I Said So - (2*); Borat - (5*); Children Of Men - (4*); Die Hard 4 - (5*); Evan Almighty - (3.5*); Fantastic Four 2 - (4.5*); Hairspray - (5*); Harry Potter 5 - (4*); Knocked Up - (4*); The Last Mimsy - (4*); Mr. Brooks - (4*); Shrek The Third - (3*); Spiderman 3 - (3.5*); Transformers - (2*)
I caught a couple of episodes on ESPN Classic while on a road trip into Montana/Idaho this past weekend. Man, I loved that show. I remember really wanting to compete on it, just to go through The Eliminator at the end. Of course, now I think I'd probably break something trying to run up the downward conveyor belt.
I think what NBC will do with the show is highlight inspirational people and bring out the "human drama" rather than the athletic competition. Still, I hope the new wave of gladiators have the same competitive spirit that the originals did.
Very cool news, and I agree that an anthology format would be more interesting and engaging than a whole second set of characters. Get a variety of directors to take on 1 to 3 episode long stories from a variety of locations around the globe.