It looks like Esquire Network and NBC Univeral are hoping to expand on the success of their hit “American Ninja Warrior.” The network just announced a new spinoff show as well as three other new series they’re hoping to launch in the upcoming television season.
The show was announced ahead of the Esquire Network’s upcoming May 14 upfront presentation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be titled “Team Ninja Warrior” and will take the existing “ninjas” (contestants) from the current iteration of the show and group them together to take on the world’s toughest obstacle course.
According to a synopsis posted by Deadline, the teams will race head-to-head through the infamous gauntlet of physically challenging hurdles. The stakes will be raised in the final round of each match up with a relay component positioned at the end of every episode. The obstacle course will be divided into sections and each competitor will complete one leg of the course before physically tagging his or her teammate so they can begin the next leg. It’s unclear if the show will continue to use the “Mount Midoriyama” replica for the team events or if an entirely new obstacle course will be imagined for the spinoff. While many of the world-class athletes on “American Ninja Warrior” are often competing against the clock, “Team Ninja Warrior” will force them to race against a physical human being in an all-out sprint to the finish line. The hope is that this will add an extra layer of pressure and drama to each run.
The network also announced a spinoff for its reality drama “Friday Night Tykes.” The new addition of the same name will take place in Western, PA. The spinoff will focus on Beaver County, the home of pro football players Mike Ditka and Joe Namath, where another group of pee-wee football kids will feel the immense pressure to reach athletic stardom. Two more shows with the working titles “Educating America” and “Winner’s Circle.” The first is an Americanized version of an acclaimed British television show and the other is a docuseries about the world of professional sports hosted by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
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