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Esquire preps “Ninja Warrior” spin-off for 2016

The NBCUniversal-owned network has revealed more details about its forthcoming spin-off of the obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior (pictured).
October 13, 2015

NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network has revealed more details about its forthcoming spin-off of the obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior (pictured) from A. Smith & Co. Productions.

The previously announced 8 x 60-minute Team Ninja Warrior will see top ninjas form 24 teams of three and maneuver through three time-tested rounds of obstacle course relay runs. The squads with the quickest cumulative times at the end of each episode will advance to the finale.

The series will be filmed from October 21 to 23 at an undisclosed Long Beach, California, location and will feature some of the best former competitors from past seasons of American Ninja Warrior. Former NFL defensive end and current sports analyst Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and comedian Matt Iseman will serve as co-hosts.

Team Ninja Warrior will premiere in early 2016 on Esquire Network. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Brian Richardson are exec producing for A. Smith & Co. Productions.

Elsewhere, American Ninja Warrior was renewed for a fifth season on U.S. net NBC in August. A. Smith & Co., meanwhile, is currently in production on the tentatively titled Spartan Race spin-off for Esquire Network.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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