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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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