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.
The new version of American Gladiators may be canceled, but you can relive the original series with Shout! Factory's release of American Gladiators: The Battle Begins. This 3-disc set includes the second half (13 episodes) of the first season, plus a special episode that recaps the first 13 episodes. Join Blaze, Gemini, Gold, Lace, Laser, Malibu, Nitro, Sunny, Titan and Zap as they battle male and female contestants looking to walk away with the title of "Grand Champion."
The set also includes insightful commentary from former Gladiators Dan "Nitro" Clark, Jim "Laser" Starr and Raye "Zap" Hollitt, as well as an interview with actor/contestant Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys).
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Question: Just a little rant I feel I need to share. Though I know it has gone down in ratings, American Gladiators is not a bad show. I certainly understand people putting down many of the crazy reality shows and game shows you don't even need a brain or be physically active to play. But American Gladiators is different: There's competition, and it shows you how in shape some of these people of all different ages are. This show is cheesy, but it's good, clean fun, especially for the kids. There's such a variety of contestants — like the man with the prosthetic leg, that was unbelievable! You were rooting for him to make it to the end, and it felt good. It's featured regular people, best friends, married people, a deaf man and now, people who have lost weight. It can be very inspiring. Watching them do some of these challenges is fun and incredible. I could never do any of them, I'm sure. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy shows like Lost, 24, Burn Notice and The Closer, but given all the ...
While most Olympic hopefuls spent the last few months devoutly focused on training for Beijing, Breaux Greer lived up to his rebellious reputation with a unique form of cross training. The 31-year-old javelin star did a stint on America Gladiators, beginning tonight and running throughout the remainder of the season (Mondays, 8 pm/ET, NBC).Greer is an eight-time national champion in the javelin and won the bronze medal at last year's world championships, making him a serious threat to reach the podium at the Olympics in August. So why risk injury on something as goofy as Gladiators? The quote that I live my life is, I was not here to be a background character in someone elses movie, he says. A fan of the original series, the high-strung Greer was eager to jump into events like the Pyramid and Powerball. "The best part of all of this to me is I can beat the hell out of anybody and no police will be involved," he jokes. (We think!) "Im not holding ...