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.
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.