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“American Ninja Warrior” franchise gets kid-friendly

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s kids network, Universal Kids, is bringing American Ninja Warrior Junior to air in the fall. Boys and girls in three age groups — 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 — ...
May 2, 2018

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s kids network, Universal Kids, is bringing American Ninja Warrior Junior to air in the fall.

Boys and girls in three age groups — 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 — will compete in obstacle courses such as the Sonic Swing, Spin Cycle, and the Warped Wall. The season will feature almost 200 competitors facing off in a tournament bracket competition.

As in the original, Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila serve as hosts and will guide kids through the competition.

The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, along with Matt Cahoon.

“Over the past decade, we have seen a groundswell of support from our younger audiences, who have been clamoring for the chance to be a Ninja,” said Smith, in a statement.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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