Gladiators was reinvented for the 21st century in 2008 on Sky 1, incorporating elements water and fire. From 20,000 applicants, 32 of the UK's finest athletes were selected to face 12 all-new Gladiators in TV's toughest challenge in the hope of being crowned series champion and winning a £50,000 prize. Footballing legend Ian Wright and TV favourite Kirsty Gallacher were hosts, they were joined by original Gladiators referee John Anderson
Type: Game Show
Runtime: 60 minutes
Gladiators - American Gladiators (2008 TV series) - Netflix
American Gladiators is an American competition TV show that aired on NBC and Citytv in Canada. Hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, the show matches amateur athletes against each other and the show's own “gladiators” in contests of strength, agility, and endurance. It is a remake of the original series of the same name which ran from 1989–1996, with elements of the UK version of the 1990s. The show is refereed by Al Kaplon, a former American League umpire, who can also be seen as the referee in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Play-by-play narration is handled by Van Earl Wright. Season 1 was taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Beginning with Season 2, the show moved to the Los Angeles Sports Arena. It is produced by Reveille Productions and MGM Television. American Gladiators premiered on Sunday, January 6, 2008; an average of 12 million people watched the two-hour premiere. All other Season 1 episodes aired Mondays at 8:00 ET/PT, except for the finale, which aired Sunday February 17, 2008 at 7:00 ET/PT. Season 2 premiered May 12, 2008, on NBC, with a two-hour episode. The two-hour Season 2 finale aired on August 4, 2008 at 8:00 ET/PT. While the final two-hour episode of Season 1 was devoted entirely to the finals, the Season 2 finale consisted of the third semifinal round followed by the finals. New episodes and new cast members were planned for a 3rd season in the summer of 2009, however, NBC canceled those plans in March. In August 2008, Season 1 of American Gladiators began airing on WKAQ-TV, Telemundo Puerto Rico every Sunday at 8 PM. In September 2008, Season 1 of American Gladiators began airing on Sky1 in the United Kingdom on Tuesday afternoons. In April 2009, Season 2 of American Gladiators began broadcasting on Sky1 on Saturday evenings. In Australia, American Gladiators started airing on Seven's new free-to-air digital channel 7Two on Wednesdays at 7:30pm from November 4, 2009. Today, the show (plus the original one) can be seen on Hulu. One of the female gladiators on this series, Jennifer Widerstrom, known by the codename Phoenix on this show, later became a fitness trainer on The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels.
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Season 2 featured a number of “theme” episodes. These episodes were not stand-alone episodes. Episode 2: Both competitions featured cops who work together: Melvin Davis and David Moore work in the Chicago Police Department, while Abbe Dorn and Vicki Ferrari are partners working in Denver. Episode 4: This episode was dedicated to the movie The Incredible Hulk. Special Hulk themed elements to the show included: green lighting in the rafters and the pool; the use of green scoring balls in Powerball (one contender used solid green balls, the other used green and black balls); Gauntlet power pads being replaced by “Hulk Hands”; and Titan competing in Joust covered in green body paint. Episode 5: Twin sisters Clinessa Burch and Lillian Thomassen competed against one another. Episode 6: Two married couples—Jeff and Ally Davidson, and Aaron Simpson (fighter) and Kendra Sirignano—competed (individually). Episode 7: All four contestants had lost 50 or more pounds prior to competing on the show. Episode 9: The female competition was called “The Battle of the Ages” as it pitted the youngest contender of the season, Annie Castellano, age 20, against the oldest contender ever on the show, Yoko Ohigashi, age 52.
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