NBC orders “Spartan Race” from “Ninja Warrior” prodco

U.S. broadcaster NBC has ordered an obstacle course competition series from American Ninja Warrior (pictured) producer A. Smith & Co. Productions.
August 26, 2015

U.S. broadcaster NBC has ordered an obstacle course competition series from American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co. Productions.

Tentatively titled Spartan Race, the endurance series is to see teams of five – two men, two women and one “elite Spartan athlete” – comprised of friends, family and co-workers propelling each other to their mental and physical limits to complete an obstacle course heavy in mud, water and fire for a cash prize.

NBC has begun casting for the competition series, though details regarding the episode order and air date are still being worked out, a spokesperson told realscreen.

Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Anthony Storm serve as executive producers for A. Smith & Co. Productions.

The commission follows the American broadcaster’s recent renewal of American Ninja Warrior for a fifth season. A. Smith & Co., meanwhile, is currently in production on the tentatively titled Team Ninja Warrior spin-off for Esquire Network.

The Spartan Race is held in more than 20 countries, and hosts over one million participants worldwide. The event is comprised of races at three distances, culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. The three levels include the “Sprint,” a three-mile, 20-obstacle course; the “Super,” an eight-mile, 25-obstacle course; and the “Beast,” a 13-mile, 30-obstacle course.

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