In reality TV, popular formats never really die — think the frequently revived Candid Camera — they just go into hibernation. Next to awaken is American Gladiators.
Executive producer Arthur Smith (Hell's Kitchen), who has turned the competition series American Ninja Warrior into a summer smash for NBC, is giving the 1990s syndicated hit (briefly brought back in 2008 by NBC) a modern makeover.
Based on the hit Japanese TV series Sasuke, the NBC and G4 competition series American Ninja Warrior puts regular people to the test on an elaborate obstacle course. The show has moved to the national finals in Las Vegas, where competitors attempt to conquer a four-stage obstacle course based on Sasuke's "Mount Midoriyama." The ultimate winner receives $500,000 and the "American Ninja Warrior" title. Executive producer Arthur Smith, whose credits include Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, explains why viewers should go stealth and...
"There are things on the show that, in a million years, I never thought I would show on camera," Paris Hilton told reporters Friday at NBC's Summer Press Day. "I put my producer hat on and thought this is great TV."
But what does Hilton think viewers will be most surprised to see on her new series? "How down to earth and sweet I am," she said.
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