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Jeremy517
08-24-07, 05:26 PM
And i"m not talking about the reruns on ESPN Classic.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?date=08/23/07&id=20070823nbc01

NBC, MGM AND REVEILLE ENTER ARENA WITH UPDATED PRIMETIME SERIES VERSION OF POPULAR 'AMERICAN GLADIATORS' HIT FOR A NEW GENERATION

BURBANK - August 23, 2007 -- <b>NBC is reinventing the classic physical competition series "American Gladiators" with a big-arena attitude as a mid-season primetime series</b> from MGM Television and Reveille, it was announced today by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

"This memorable series was once a worldwide phenomenon, and given its built-in appeal, we feel it's time to re-introduce it to a new generation and take it to a heightened level of excitement for fans of all ages," said Plestis. "The 'gladiator' brand is unlike anything on television today, and is event programming at its biggest and best."

"'American Gladiators' is a successful MGM franchise that is ready for a whole new generation of TV viewers," said Jim Packer, co-president, MGM Worldwide Television. "<b>The timing to bring the franchise back is perfect and NBC is the ideal home.</b> We are also excited about partnering with Reveille, which marks the first time we have teamed together on a co-production."

MGM Television will handle international sales of the series and will assist Reveille in setting up locally produced versions outside of the US. "American Gladiators has long been viewed as a path-breaking concept. In taking this franchise around the world, we are sure to reach new levels of excitement and viewer interest," said Gary Marenzi, co-president, MGM Worldwide Television.

"The opportunity to work with MGM and NBC to reinvent one of the first great reality formats - especially one that fits in with our brand of fun, family, event programming - is a dream come true," added "American Gladiators" executive producer and Reveille Managing Director Mark Koops. "We are so psyched we are ready to take on the gladiators ourselves!"

The iconic event/competition show returns with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. <b>Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games will be upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle.</b>

Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes -- weekend warriors who excel and take pride in their physical fitness -- contestants will go up against the show's gladiators -- charismatic and eclectic warriors -- in the ultimate David & Goliath battle. As in MGM's traditional "American Gladiators" franchise, everyday amateur athletes compete against action stars and stunt professionals in contests of physical strength and endurance. The series will include such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.

The eight new gladiators (four men and four women) are action-adventure stars ready to take down the everyday challengers with hard knocks and explosive attitudes. Contestants, both male and female, will also be extremely fit but as an added bonus, will also have the chance to train for the match, displaying their physicality, coordination and cunning to viewers in advance of the competition. Each challenger will also have a unique story to tell -- and a compelling reason why they need to win. These unsung heroes combine brawn and heart in their effort to be worthy competitors, which the audience can cheer for against the villainous gladiators.

Produced by MGM Television and Reveille (NBC's "The Office" and "The Biggest Loser," "Nashville Star," "Ugly Betty"), "American Gladiators" is currently casting for contestants.

Reveille's Mark Koops and Howard Owens are executive producers. David Hurwitz ("Fear Factor") will also serve as an executive producer alongside the series creator Johnny Ferraro.

"American Gladiators" originated as a weekly syndicated show in the U.S., airing from 1989 through 1996. The show also spurred equally successful international versions in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa and Japan.

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Goldberg74
08-24-07, 05:37 PM
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TGM
08-24-07, 05:58 PM
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ruddiger_718
08-24-07, 06:02 PM
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Brian Gentz
08-24-07, 06:04 PM
bit skeptical on the modernized 2007 version of the games.

Seantn
08-24-07, 07:27 PM
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ChrisHicks
08-24-07, 07:40 PM
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Bluelitespecial
08-24-07, 07:48 PM
:toast: :clap: :rock: :D2: Oh hell yes, of all the game show revivals and crappy reality shows finally something good is coming back.

LivingINClip
08-24-07, 08:13 PM
SWEET!
I hope it at least resembles the 90's classic.

7Keys
08-24-07, 09:14 PM
I was thinking not to long ago I'd like to see this show come back. Or at the very least see some of the old episodes again.

Hopefully it will be true to the original and not MTV/WWE-ish.

Red Dog
08-24-07, 09:29 PM
I just hope they have Assault and Powerball.

I watch the original on ESPN Classic Sat and Sun mornings. Great nostalgia.

spinning plates
08-24-07, 09:56 PM
best news i've heard in a long time.

Bluelitespecial
08-24-07, 10:09 PM
IF Friday night lights is a good blind buy, American Gladiators coming back, and if journeyman is as cool as it looks. I think i will have to start watching shows on NBC again.

SmartisSexy
08-24-07, 10:16 PM
I loved that show! Looking forward to checking out the new one.

Dignam
08-24-07, 11:12 PM
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Giantrobo
08-24-07, 11:19 PM
I didn't watch it but as corny as this show was I'd have to admit it seemed like it had a high fun factor.

Baron Of Hell
08-25-07, 12:16 AM
Are they going have names like Laser and Nitro like before?

Seantn
08-25-07, 12:23 AM
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beesonosu
08-25-07, 12:44 AM
and back to square one: :banana:

mhg83
08-25-07, 12:54 AM
Awesome! I was hoping they would one day bring this show back. Maybe if they wanna push it to the extreme there could be the real Gladiators like in the roman colosseum (:

gryffinmaster
08-25-07, 12:56 AM
rotfl Outstanding news. I'll definitely have to tune in once or twice.

spainlinx0
08-25-07, 01:16 AM
I was just mentioning to someone a week ago that they need to bring this show back.

Then I tried playing the horrendous NES game of it, and put it out of my mind.

Now, I'm excited!

islandclaws
08-25-07, 01:27 PM
Great news. I just recently found that ESPN was re-broadcasting the classic episodes, so my DVR has been filling up with them. I hope they do this new series well because it has potential to kick lotsa ass.

Shilex
08-25-07, 02:12 PM
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GradVT06
08-25-07, 02:20 PM
Great news! Only thing that would make it better is reruns of the old school American Gladiators with Thunder, Laser, Ice, Blaze, et al.

Jeremy517
08-25-07, 02:41 PM
Great news! Only thing that would make it better is reruns of the old school American Gladiators with Thunder, Laser, Ice, Blaze, et al.

They rerun the old show on ESPN Classic almost every day.

Brian Gentz
08-25-07, 03:04 PM
I read that it was going to have backstage storylines.

Jimmy James
08-25-07, 05:45 PM
I read that it was going to have backstage storylines.
Figures NBC would find a way to screw a good thing up.

Red Dog
08-25-07, 05:45 PM
Backstage storylines. Ugh. Please don't make it like the WWE.

clemente
08-25-07, 06:51 PM
Isn't that what Battle Dome wanted to be?

Hard to take Terry Crews (dad on Everyone Hate Chris) seriously when every time I see him I think "It's T-Money!!!"

Jeremy517
08-25-07, 08:15 PM
Backstage storylines. Ugh. Please don't make it like the WWE.

I hink it is going to be more along the lines of the competitors' background, rather than made-up feuds.

GradVT06
08-25-07, 08:44 PM
They rerun the old show on ESPN Classic almost every day.
Ah, thanks, I wasn't aware as I do not get that from Cox.

DarthVong
08-25-07, 10:44 PM
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Lee Harvey Oswald
08-26-07, 10:19 AM
I hope the women gladiators look like women and not men (like China).

And now I wish ESPN Classic wasn't taken off my basic cable plan.

mikehunt
08-26-07, 02:15 PM
bit skeptical on the modernized 2007 version of the games.

me too
it started getting lame towards the end when they starting adding weird stuff to it

Derrich
08-26-07, 03:34 PM
This problem with having models as female Gladiators, is that the competitors would run right over them. Lace was the smallest of the old school school Gladiators, and she would get the crap knocked out her every episode. But Ice and Zap would deliver regular beat downs.

D

Red Dog
08-26-07, 03:56 PM
Yeah, as much as I'd like to see eye candy, the contestants they got on the original were pretty athletic (and butch I might add ;) ) and I assume they would be here, so it would be kind of ridiculous to have model-actress-types as female gladiators.

Charlie Goose
08-26-07, 06:48 PM
I loved the original and was a fan of it from the beginning, even before it became successful. At the risk of getting flamed, I feel certain that this new one is going to suck. Yes, I'm saying it before seeing it, that's how sure I am.

starman9000
08-26-07, 06:58 PM
I just hope they have Assault and Powerball.


They better bring back that weak air-cannon thing in Assault that everyone sucked at too.

Lee Harvey Oswald
08-26-07, 10:05 PM
This problem with having models as female Gladiators, is that the competitors would run right over them. Lace was the smallest of the old school school Gladiators, and she would get the crap knocked out her every episode. But Ice and Zap would deliver regular beat downs.

D

I was okay with the original girls. I don't remember any of them looking manlike. They can be muscular, but they need to look feminine as well.

Joe Molotov
08-27-07, 03:10 AM
Awesome!

FantasticVSDoom
08-27-07, 12:51 PM
Figures NBC would find a way to screw a good thing up.
Exactly... Hopefully this will be pretty good, but not holding my breath. Loved the original when I was younger.

El Scorcho
08-27-07, 07:13 PM
No Malibu, no sale!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VGDwScgb_Y0

spinning plates
08-28-07, 02:47 PM
billy wirth needs to come back as a competitor.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fe2Xaq0d37U

auto
08-28-07, 03:07 PM
meh..we already have the awesomness that is American Ninja.

nazz
08-28-07, 03:41 PM
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Michael Corvin
08-28-07, 03:53 PM
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Okay. I'm not really that excited, but this is cool news.

Rockmjd23
08-28-07, 03:57 PM
Isn't that what Battle Dome wanted to be?

Hard to take Terry Crews (dad on Everyone Hate Chris) seriously when every time I see him I think "It's T-Money!!!"
:lol: Thats what I did when I saw White Chicks...Hey it's T Money!...I figured me and my friends were the only ones who watched that.

dpz301
08-28-07, 09:38 PM
can't wait. this show is going to be great.

zekeburger1979
08-28-07, 10:18 PM
Ah, thanks, I wasn't aware as I do not get that from Cox.

Speaking of Cox, John C. McGinley, who plays Dr. Cox on Scrubs, was on a celebrity episode of American Gladiators. No idea which one.

NotThatGuy
08-28-07, 11:01 PM
I am so f'ing stoked!! I got all nostalgic when I caught it on ESPN (classic?) the other weekend. I hope they don't f' with the games too much. Assault (the one with the cannon) and the balls in the cylinder game are staples. I don't care as much about the rings. The rushing/wrestling thing was pretty good.

-p

crazyrabbits
08-29-07, 11:42 AM
Where's Turbo? I can't see Turbo!

CPA-ESQ.
08-29-07, 11:58 AM
The Original Reality TV!!!!!

wildman1037
08-29-07, 01:52 PM
I am so f'ing stoked!! I got all nostalgic when I caught it on ESPN (classic?) the other weekend. I hope they don't f' with the games too much. Assault (the one with the cannon) and the balls in the cylinder game are staples. I don't care as much about the rings. The rushing/wrestling thing was pretty good.

-p

p, I'm right there with ya!!! I caught this the other day as well, and watched the whole frickin' episode. I also hope the keep a lot of the old games you mentioned. I'd also like to see them keep the "jousting on pedestals" one, too!

chrisih8u
10-03-07, 08:16 AM
Looks like Hulk Hogan will host.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973205.html?categoryId=14&cs=1

Charlie Goose
10-03-07, 08:35 AM
Looks like Hulk Hogan will host.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973205.html?categoryId=14&cs=1

:|

Isn't Hulkamania dead yet? Almost a quarter of a century, enough already! I can think of so many better choices.

Michael Corvin
11-23-07, 08:10 PM
Official Website (http://www.gladiatorszone.co.uk/international/america/newseries.php)

Looks like Hogan's not alone. His co-host will be Layla Ali. The site has all the events listed. Not sure if any are new. Looks like mostly old ones. They do mention there will now be water based challenges.

Can't seem to track down a premier date.

Deftones
11-23-07, 08:15 PM
I think it's going to premiere sometime early in 2008. You know, when there aren't any more episodes of scripted TV anymore.

Brack
11-23-07, 09:38 PM
Let me know when this eventually turns into The Running Man or Rollerball ;)

bunkaroo
01-03-08, 05:49 PM
Just wanted to bump this and remind everyone this premieres Sunday night. 2 hours.

Can't wait!

flashburn
01-03-08, 06:44 PM
Can't wait after watching the actual preview. It looks EXACTLY like the original, it even looks just as cheesy. According to the site on NBC, "Assault" is back! Hell, it looks like all they did was dust off the original set.

Scott27
01-03-08, 07:09 PM
According to NBC's affiliate Web site, this will air in HD. Surprising, but :thumbsup:.

fumanstan
01-03-08, 07:44 PM
Nice! Thanks for the reminder :)

Timber
01-03-08, 09:05 PM
Can't wait after watching the actual preview. It looks EXACTLY like the original, it even looks just as cheesy. According to the site on NBC, "Assault" is back! Hell, it looks like all they did was dust off the original set.


No mullets no sale. They could have at least brought back the host from season 2 with the raging mullet and the porn stash.

Charlie Goose
01-04-08, 08:57 AM
I'll be watching. If they didn't screw with the formula, it should be great.

Shilex
01-04-08, 08:57 AM
God, I can't wait to see what cool nicknames the new Gladiators have! I'm hoping one will be called "Murder" just because that would be an awesome nickname!

deadlax
01-04-08, 10:38 AM
nbc's official site has all the information on gladiators and contestants. i don't recognize the earthquake event, but the rest seem old school.

argh923
01-04-08, 03:13 PM
:thumbsup: for Assault. Loved that. I like the new twist on Joust, with the loser falling into the water...good touch.

Pressplay
01-05-08, 03:40 PM
God, I can't wait to see what cool nicknames the new Gladiators have! I'm hoping one will be called "Murder" just because that would be an awesome nickname!

From the Web site, their names are:

Women
Crash
Fury
Hellga
Siren
Stealth
Venom
Blast (alternate)

Men
Justice
Mayhem
Militia
Toa
Wolf
Hammer (alternate)

Big Boy Laroux
01-05-08, 10:10 PM
i was watching Craig Ferguson last night, and he had a joke about Militia having been in gay porn (aparently, it's true).

flashburn
01-06-08, 07:38 PM
Starts in a couple hours!

The pictures on their website are too funny:

http://www.nbc.com/American_Gladiators/images/photos/scet/1459/Helga_005.jpg
http://www.nbc.com/American_Gladiators/images/photos/scet/1467/toa_024.jpg
http://www.nbc.com/American_Gladiators/images/photos/scet/1466/wolf_015.jpg
http://www.nbc.com/American_Gladiators/images/photos/scet/1460/Justice_011.jpg

This chick is 5-0 as an MMA fighter, and pretty damn hot. Especially compared to the other girls.
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/bhazard/crush_003.jpg

chrisih8u
01-06-08, 09:08 PM
You shouldnt be allowed to throw the ball in powerball, IMO. The rims are too wide.

SuperBatMan
01-06-08, 09:11 PM
You shouldnt be allowed to throw the ball in powerball, IMO. The rims are too wide.

A-fucking-men!

Sorraffy
01-06-08, 09:11 PM
lol well already had a funny line with the one woman saying she likes "fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds" .... even if they mean it, nobody says that on tv

and there's already an injury

*something tells me the male selection process was a bit harder .. a single mom and now a doctor?

RUSF18
01-06-08, 09:19 PM
I remember the powerball openings being not much bigger than the size of the ball.

Did they used to narrate the action? Don't think they did...like it better that way.

clemente
01-06-08, 09:30 PM
Dude, I'm sure I could get some points with openings that big on Powerball....I'd just start taking jumpshots.

The one thing I'm not liking about this Gladiators so far, the action is too edited. No need to make it xtreme!!! or Michael Bay-ian, just show me the action from one of two angles and that's it.

Charlie Goose
01-06-08, 09:35 PM
So far it's almost unwatchable due to the stupid commentary. Back when, Mike Adamle and his co-host used to actually call the action as it happened. This new commentary is obviously added in post production and fucking scripted. You can tell with idiotic shit like, "Ooh that's gonna leave a mark!" (to a serious knee injury BTW) and "...the meat in a gladiator sandwich!" SUCKS.

And Powerball is much easier than it used to be. I felt kind of bad for the woman who blew out her knee 15 seconds into the very first event.

whotony
01-06-08, 09:50 PM
did they say what her injury was on her knee?

wnyx1440
01-06-08, 09:54 PM
Wow, I never remembered this show being so funny... (with the exception of the woman who blew her knee out right away).

TheNightFlier
01-06-08, 09:58 PM
Jeez, could the ending of the Women's Eliminator be anymore scripted?

mhg83
01-06-08, 09:58 PM
some parts of the game left me feeling like its predetermined or fixed. The first match having someone getting injured and the womans last second comeback in the final match seems like this is scripted.

DJariya
01-06-08, 10:01 PM
A co-worker of mine told me that his friend attended a taping of this and it's 1000% scripted. He said they did several re-takes on certain events.

cartman
01-06-08, 10:09 PM
I was just coming to say this was so laughably bad (started watcing after The Amazing Race ended at 9:40...), and the scripted comment makes so much sense :lol:. It defeats the whole purpose of the show and if it was scripted or not, I wasn't coming back for a second viewing with how this has turned out. That Wolf guy howling every time his name is called had me laughing hard, but not in a way that's good for the show!

Timber
01-06-08, 10:12 PM
Oh nos. I'm only through the first powerball and it does look scripted. The original didn't need to be changed, just and update of the sets and maybe some new games and new gladiators. I would have thought it was too simple to ruin. At least they don't have Hogan or Ali doing the commentary. I'm really not digging Hogan's "Rico Suave" bandanna wig.

TheNightFlier
01-06-08, 10:12 PM
Helga looks like she ate the St. Pauli Girl.

Red Dog
01-06-08, 10:15 PM
A co-worker of mine told me that his friend attended a taping of this and it's 1000% scripted. He said they did several re-takes on certain events.


That's weird. Then I guess it isn't technically subject to the laws against game show fixing.

I think that's Van Earl Wright on the PxP call - it would be more entertaining to hear him call it live.

Leave it to NBC to fuck up a tried and true formula.

Rockmjd23
01-06-08, 10:15 PM
I noticed that the guy who plays Titan used to be on BattleDome. They should get T Money! Is he still on Everybody Hates Chris?

whotony
01-06-08, 10:19 PM
scripted or not that first woman looked seriously hurt.

did anyone see the guy who said he missed a chance to be on in '94?
he cheated to get past the gladiators and you could hear people laughing when he didnt break through the wall.

FantasticVSDoom
01-06-08, 10:26 PM
Wow, this is pretty bad, but I cant stop watching, :lol:... This has nothing on Ninja Warrior.

Rockmjd23
01-06-08, 10:41 PM
This is terrible. Bring back BattleDome!

TheNightFlier
01-06-08, 10:53 PM
Bring back Adamle, Csonka, or Christensen.

This is just awful.

BlackMontels
01-06-08, 11:05 PM
did they say what her injury was on her knee?

Shes from around my area and was just on the news. It was a torn ACL.

jPoD_TGN
01-06-08, 11:15 PM
Shes from around my area and was just on the news. It was a torn ACL.

Is she going on IR?

flashburn
01-06-08, 11:35 PM
The only parts I thought seemed extremely scripted were the little interviews after each event, most of them were laughably bad. I'll continue to watch this show just because I was laughing my ass off the entire time.

BravesMG
01-06-08, 11:39 PM
Is that the same referee from Dodgeball??

BlackMontels
01-07-08, 12:00 AM
Heres an article from our local paper about the girl:

http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/01/05/news/local/doc477f123204599866283257.txt

Heres an article talking about her injury:

http://www.kwqc.com/global/story.asp?s=7584758

kevin75
01-07-08, 12:02 AM
I think that's Van Earl Wright on the PxP call - it would be more entertaining to hear him call it live.

Van Earl Wright is never entertaining. I wish they would get rid of him.

toxie321
01-07-08, 12:03 AM
Is that the same referee from Dodgeball??

HAHAHAHAHA That's what my buddies and I were trying to figure out.

Also that fruity looking blonde gladiator looks like Oz from American Pie.

clemente
01-07-08, 12:03 AM
Is that the same referee from Dodgeball??

YES!! I knew I wasn't the only one who was thinking that. We didn't get too many clear looks at him, but it sure looks and sounds like him.

It was shortly after I last saw him that it occured to me that this version of American Gladiators is Dodgeball. Semi-serious athletic competitions taken to the extreme levels of seriousness (and laughability). I guess Laila and Hulk are Cotton and Pepper.

fumanstan
01-07-08, 12:11 AM
I have a crush on Crush.

http://www.maximonline.com/todays_girl/index_magnified.aspx?id=2255

LivingINClip
01-07-08, 12:12 AM
Lalia = :drool:

Rest of the show...Wow, just terrible.

Charlie Goose
01-07-08, 12:19 AM
I will say that the new Eliminator looks like a real bitch and a half.

devilshalo
01-07-08, 12:30 AM
IIRC, didn't the old joust award you points for taking your opponents hand off their baton?

devilshalo
01-07-08, 12:52 AM
Nice stealing the barrel roll from Sasuke. -rolleyes-

El Scorcho
01-07-08, 01:09 AM
I'm actually enjoying this. Then again, I'm not as nitpicky as the lot of you.

That is so cruel putting that uphill treadmill at the very end of the eliminator, though. :lol:

However,

Two Scoops Berry > All

argh923
01-07-08, 01:11 AM
I enjoyed it as well.

The new Eliminator is ridiculously hard, though. I liked the old one better.

TheKing
01-07-08, 01:16 AM
Well, Hulk said Dude, Brother and Gladiator-maniacs but didn't get a chance for Whatcha gonna do...

They used to get 6 events in before the Eliminator, but with all the talking and intros, they've got it down to 4...disappointing.

Replacing the original theme with generic modern game show music...disappointing.

It's cheesy, bloated, and is just way too polished. The original felt like a sporting event, this doesn't.

Jackskeleton
01-07-08, 01:18 AM
Hahaha, add this to my guilty pleasures. Funny shit.

El Scorcho
01-07-08, 01:29 AM
I want the asian chick from the first half of the ep

El Scorcho
01-07-08, 01:33 AM
new version of assault is retarded imo

nothing like making them load every weapon and dig through sand to find the arrow, haha

how retarded

fumanstan
01-07-08, 01:42 AM
The music sounds like the theme from the Saw movies.

devilshalo
01-07-08, 01:46 AM
I want the asian chick from the first half of the ep
She gets around... http://www.venusramos.net/1538676.html

Cellar Door
01-07-08, 01:49 AM
Not enough Hellga.

Layziebones
01-07-08, 01:49 AM
Militia hurting his arm had me cracking up. What a loser.

CKMorpheus
01-07-08, 02:07 AM
Guilty pleasure, I'll add this to my list. The dialog is extremely scripted but man do they really look like they're being pushed.

Jeremy517
01-07-08, 02:09 AM
new version of assault is retarded imo

nothing like making them load every weapon and dig through sand to find the arrow, haha

how retarded

Not to mention that it is only about 8 feet between stations.

NiCK Crush
01-07-08, 02:10 AM
The music sounds like the theme from the Saw movies.

Noticed this too...

-NiCK

Cellar Door
01-07-08, 02:34 AM
The ending of the first women's Eliminator definitely looked fishy. The black girl just lay there right near the top of the treadmill so that the asian girl could catch up and win. It looked so obvious.

Jay Lethal
01-07-08, 03:04 AM
I see this show being canceled next week its that bad.

lordwow
01-07-08, 07:00 AM
I see this show being canceled next week its that bad.

For some reason, I don't think any crappy unscripted show is in danger of being canceled right now.

Jackskeleton
01-07-08, 07:19 AM
Militia hurting his arm had me cracking up. What a loser.


Isn't that the one who has gay porn photos out there? You would think he would know how to take a hit.

Maybe this is how NBC sweeps the little story under the carpet. he's "hurt"

Michael Corvin
01-07-08, 07:58 AM
It was very disappointing. I figured it would be impossible to fuck up such a simple formula that worked a decade ago.

First, the Gladiators... they blow. Zero personality. Only the Wolf was entertaining and even then he was almost too over-the-top silly. Hellga has potential but the rest are utterly forgettable. Speaking of utterly forgettable, their outfits. What a boring look. Black, gray and silver? The Gladiators should stand out, not blend in with the sets/events.

Second, the commentator was way too forced and unnecessary and definitely gave the show a scripted feel. Third, the events, where's the variety? They gave us two episodes, which was overkill, and they were already repeating them? I want to see the crazy ones brought back. And what was with the giant openings in containers in Powerball? Throwing the ball should be a penalty.

Who designed the Eliminator? Yikes! Why is the water stunt at the beginning? A little common sense would tell you it would be near impossible to hold on to the log or the bicycle being all wet. The swimming should be smack dab in the middle or just removed. Making the zipline drop into the pool would be cool, but with the fire it would be too dangerous, I'm sure. It just seems like it was designed to make the contestants fail.

As it stands, I'll probably watch again, but it seems I've put more thought into this post than the producers did when re-imagining the show.

mphtrilogy
01-07-08, 08:21 AM
The show has not changed, it was never a prime time show, and still isn't.

It deserves to be watched at about 11:30pm....

it had its moments though, good cheese.

Red Dog
01-07-08, 08:55 AM
That is so cruel putting that uphill treadmill at the very end of the eliminator, though. :lol:



They actually did that at one point in the original AG - I can't remember if was early in the series or in later years (I remember seeing it on a ESPN-CL rerun) and they had no rope to pull oneself up either.

However, I agree - this eliminator is harder, but it sucks that there are no Gladiators involved throwing obstacles at you.

uteotw
01-07-08, 09:29 AM
Jeez, could the ending of the Women's Eliminator be anymore scripted?

Seriously--the way the loser just hung there...and hung there...and hung there... making no effort to start over or go back up, just long enough for the other chick to catch up and win? Lame...

firteen88
01-07-08, 09:34 AM
I guess I'm in the minority here but I thought it was AWSOME. Hasn't changed much from the old version, the gladiators are awesome and funny. Yes, when they talk it seems a bit scripted but the actual games don't seem scripted to me. I'l keep watching!!

orderandlaw
01-07-08, 09:53 AM
I could do without so much talking. I couldn't tell who was worse, Hulk and Ali, or the contestants.

That said, I like the new look and events. If they tweak the formula just slightly (swap talking for one more event), they can make this really good.

Oh, and is there a good reason they couldn't/didn't get Mike Adamlie back?

P.S. Gina "Crush" Carano is still hot.

GuessWho
01-07-08, 09:56 AM
BTW, Mike Adamle is back doing what he was doing before Gladiators... local sports reporter here in Chicago

Drop
01-07-08, 10:03 AM
I guess I'm in the minority here but I thought it was AWSOME. Hasn't changed much from the old version, the gladiators are awesome and funny. Yes, when they talk it seems a bit scripted but the actual games don't seem scripted to me. I'l keep watching!!

I agree it stayed damn close to the original. The Gladiators seemed more brutal than the old series.

sauce07
01-07-08, 10:08 AM
This thing was so cheesey. The Wolf looks like Ben Stiller from Dodgeball, everybody is completely overacting, and the lack of gladiators in the eliminator kinda sucks. Now after all of that I hope it continues so I have a show I can watch in a few years while in re-runs.

boogieman03
01-07-08, 10:26 AM
I knew something was different. I was wondering why there were no Gladiators in the Eleminator.

Original Desmond
01-07-08, 10:36 AM
i dunno, it was fun but i just don't think they have updated the show and the games enough. It just all feels so dated

is Wolf the same Wolf from the old UK Gladiators ?

so far, no personality from any of the Gladiators is coming through. They didn't interview the Gladiators much.

orderandlaw
01-07-08, 10:42 AM
BTW, Mike Adamle is back doing what he was doing before Gladiators... local sports reporter here in Chicago
So, no? No good reason? :)

TheNightFlier
01-07-08, 10:44 AM
I agree it stayed damn close to the original. The Gladiators seemed more brutal than the old series.

I thought it was just the opposite. The old Gladiators tried to take guys heads off in stuff like Powerball, Breakthrough and Conquer, Joust, and other events.

DRG
01-07-08, 11:01 AM
I enjoyed it. I didn't think any of the events were scripted, at least not in the 'staged' sense. I think they did sort of 'script' them in the editing room like they do with the Amazing Race and other reality shows, which kind of blows but doesn't kill the show for me. I actually thought the Gladiators showed more personality here than in the old version... keep in mind we've only seen two episodes where in the old series it took awhile before I could distinguish between them. I think the new Eliminator is great, and it actually looks like a challenge. I hate the way the commercial breaks are set up, though... that 'teaser' crap annoys me in reality shows and it annoys me even more here.

chanster
01-07-08, 12:31 PM
Thought it was OK, but the announcers sucked. They really need to bring in crappy middle age football players or something.

jonw9
01-07-08, 12:56 PM
She gets around... http://www.venusramos.net/1538676.html


Can you be a professional reality show participant?

I thought the show was OK, but lacked something from years ago. I could be that I have changed, but I like the ESPNclassic episodes.

I don't like the powerball holders, and I don't like the gladiators who seem to tackled and pin the contestants at times. Before it was stop them, then let them go.

I also agree things seem scripted and the spliced. Like king of the mountain, wold and the old guy fall to the bottom, the next angle shows the guy standing up, and wolf is 3 levels up already.

Lastly, I am tired of hearing "Spider Monkey" although I guess he showed his skills in the end.

I much watch this while flipping, but I won't set a timer for it. :(

SpaceBoy
01-07-08, 01:31 PM
I can't believe they somehow ruined this show in my personal opinion.

I have already went and deleted it from my dvr season recordings it was so bad..

The reasons I hate it are the same as mentioned above. :(

CKMorpheus
01-07-08, 01:44 PM
I'll be watching again tonight!

Timber
01-07-08, 01:55 PM
It would be much better if they un-primetimed it. Too many commercials and forced drama by cutting to the breaks.

fumanstan
01-07-08, 01:57 PM
I still ended up enjoying it, although a lot of the "staged" bits felt stupid and could do without them. I'm still planning on watching.

Barings
01-07-08, 02:14 PM
I am so glad I DVRed this show. With four events and four competitors, there's only about 16 minutes of actual competition on the show, not including the eliminator. I agree all the quick cuts during the events for the "action look" need to be removed.

I can take or leave the theatrics, though I am so glad that "elder statesman" lost, if only because he would have suffered a serious injury with the extent of his trash talking. (I think he actually believed what he was saying!)

One thing that always annoyed me in both the old and new show was the narrowness of the uphill treadmill in the Eliminator. It seemed most competitors would run up with one foot on the treadmill and one on the non-moving ground. I still don't know what the female competitor that lost was doing?

I still think the competition is real. Also, does anyone have a Battledome clip where you could clearly see someone breaking an ankle at 90 degrees during a rotating King of the Hill event?

Charlie Goose
01-07-08, 02:15 PM
And weren't there more events leading up to the Eliminator? Didn't the original show have 6 per show?

Bluelitespecial
01-07-08, 02:59 PM
I enjoyed it, the guy who was the skateboarder from San Diego was horrible, but I felt like I was watching wrestling.

El Scorcho
01-07-08, 03:00 PM
Some observations I made last night but didn't type up yet:

1) Hang Tough - Seems identical as the original except for the minor detail of completely shrinking the size of the ring grid. From my recollection, it used to take about 3-4 swings by each the gladiator and the competitor to meet somewhere in the middle. Now it takes two. Seems like the grid is about half the size it used to be. It makes for little room for maneuvering to get around the gladiator.

2) Assault - LOL. Making them load the weapons and dig through sand to find the arrow is the stupidest thing ever. Fewer weapons and shorter distance between stations also ruins this event.

3) Earthquake - the Conquer portion of Breakthrough and Conquer only its on a platform that simulates an earthquake. I don't get the point of this. Seems like you could just lay down and wait out the timer and get an easy 5 points.

4) Joust - Nothing different outside of the water below. I think they should put alligators in the water to up the ante.

5) Pyramid - I've always thought this event was stupid. The gladiators have a size advantage as it is but giving them the advantage of gravity on top of the size advantage is ridiculous. The only reason a contender could get to the top is because of an over-zealous gladiator (like the one that dove and missed at the fireman last night).

6) The Wall - Nothing seems to have changed here, which is good. I always liked this event but have always felt that the head start needs to be based on distance and not time. It always sucks for the viewer when the contender struggles initially and, after 10 seconds, the gladiator just walks up to the wall and yanks on them.

7) Hit and Run - Another "meh" event, although it's going to be pretty cool when one contender is looking one way and gets blindsided by a 100-lb ball that drills them. Other than that, I hate the fact that you can just lay down and let the obstacles fly over you.

8) Eliminator - Just cruel putting the hand-bike and treadmill at the end. Just plain cruel. They need to put the penalties for not completing the hand-bike back into play. Or grease the chain a little bit more!

Overall -- people shouldn't bitch about the cheesiness of the show compared to the original version. Do you all forget the famous Malibu video clip? It's always been cheesy. They need to seriously cut back on the contender profiles and interviews after every event though -- nobody cares. We want more events.

I have no idea if there are more events in the pipeline tonight but I sure hope they bring back Swingshot.

Drop
01-07-08, 03:18 PM
I thought it was just the opposite. The old Gladiators tried to take guys heads off in stuff like Powerball, Breakthrough and Conquer, Joust, and other events.

That's what I saw in the Gauntlet and Powerball. Joust depends completely on the Gladiator, and back in the day some them sucked even worse than last nights. The hits felt much harder, and the fact that the competitiors were so wiped out after every event proves it.

It stayed very true to the original series, I'm not sure how you can love the original and not love this (unless they expected something different). This series still has to find it's groove too. So it'll get better, especially when the Gladiators display more personality.

The Gladiators were almost always non issues in the Eliminator, I'm not surprised they weren't incorporated into the new one. They might be eventually though.

TheNightFlier
01-07-08, 03:40 PM
That's what I saw in the Gauntlet and Powerball. Joust depends completely on the Gladiator, and back in the day some them sucked even worse than last nights. The hits felt much harder, and the fact that the competitiors were so wiped out after every event proves it.

It stayed very true to the original series, I'm not sure how you can love the original and not love this (unless they expected something different). This series still has to find it's groove too. So it'll get better, especially when the Gladiators display more personality.

The Gladiators were almost always non issues in the Eliminator, I'm not surprised they weren't incorporated into the new one. They might be eventually though.

I guess we'll agree to disagree then. It felt that the Gladiators were putting on more of a show than being competitive. The Gladiators on the old show were portrayed as looking to win most of the time. I remember guys like Lazer, Nitro, and Thunder in Powerball going for knees, slamming guys, and just being rougher in general. Turbo punched a guy in the face one time during Hang Tough.

The new show has too much extracurricular stuff which needs to be cut back. I was epecting them to at least keep the games the same size (Hang Tough, Assault). It would also be nice to see them compete in 6 events, not a shortened version.

devilshalo
01-07-08, 04:32 PM
Nitro would beat the shit out of the new gladiators.

Shannon Nutt
01-07-08, 04:40 PM
I don't mind the cheese as much as I do the fact that the contests outcomes are obviously as staged as professional wrestling. That's my biggest complaint with the new show. If the old show was also staged, they did a better job of not being so obvious.

pinata242
01-07-08, 04:43 PM
I miss the random Gladiators at the end of The Eliminator. There was nothing better than that testicle-rising suspense you felt as they busted through that paper.

The best was when they'd hit the empty one but fall all over themselves because you have to assume you're about to run head-first into a wall of meat.

A-aron
01-07-08, 04:43 PM
The only thing I saw good out of it was Venus' headlights, and looking for a cameltoe on the ladies. I guess that was why they aired it at 9pm.

This should be a Saturday morning show, NOT a primetime waste of time.

MadMark
01-07-08, 04:46 PM
So Monday at 8 on NBC has gone from this . . .
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/7016/sarahov8.jpg :drool:
to this . . .
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/7762/helgahb5.jpg :(

The grand prize for getting the crap kicked out of you on this show is only 100 grand and a car, but the screaming dumbasses on Deal or No Deal can win more than that by opening a couple briefcases? WTF NBC?

Finisher
01-07-08, 05:30 PM
The grand prize for getting the crap kicked out of you on this show is only 100 grand and a car, but the screaming dumbasses on Deal or No Deal can win more than that by opening a couple briefcases? WTF NBC?Yeah, that's pretty ridiculous. After taxes you're talking about 60k for winning this thing.

As long as the winners are not pre-determined, I don't really care if they re-shoot certain things. Now, if *everything* actually is staged, I would have zero desire to keep watching.

Anyway, this is a good show to DVR and fly through in 25 minutes. Doesn't hurt that Crush is attractive.

Ravenous
01-07-08, 05:35 PM
Yea I watched and laughed my ass off. SO cheesy. And why was Yanni howling so much? I felt a bit odd watching cause I despise wrestling and some of that 'drama' felt staged.

Oddly enough I use to date a chick that looked just like that one that got hurt. Only younger and no kids. Weird.

Crush is fucking hot.

GoVegan
01-07-08, 05:55 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:Chris Hicks = very excited
Bill Hicks, on the other hand = rolling over in his grave

Deftones
01-07-08, 05:58 PM
This show was classic cheese, but fun nonetheless. One of the shows you have playing in the background while you do other stuff.

Deftones
01-07-08, 06:29 PM
BTW, I don't think I've ever seen this much camel toe on network TV, ever.

U6C84
01-07-08, 06:54 PM
Ah, so I just went to the webpage and noticed that we have already seen all of the events. There will be nothing new on tonight.

I was hoping they still had the one where they rolled around in a steel cage and rolling over triggers.

jonw9
01-07-08, 07:03 PM
8) Eliminator - Just cruel putting the hand-bike and treadmill at the end. Just plain cruel. They need to put the penalties for not completing the hand-bike back into play. Or grease the chain a little bit more!

I recalled the ref would hold the contender in the pit for something like 5 seconds, now there is really no reason to attempt the bike or the barrel roll for that matter.

Just jump in and run.

fumanstan
01-07-08, 07:10 PM
Ah, so I just went to the webpage and noticed that we have already seen all of the events. There will be nothing new on tonight.

I was hoping they still had the one where they rolled around in a steel cage and rolling over triggers.

Yeah, it seems like a lot of the great old events are gone. Swingshot was cool. I Also liked the one on the track on the ceiling.

Rob V
01-07-08, 07:31 PM
and looking for a cameltoe on the ladies

Ah ha ha... I thought the same f'ing thing. I pointed it out to my wife (to her disgust).

lordwow
01-07-08, 08:30 PM
And now for the Gladiator you'll be facing...


RIGHT AFTER THESE COMMERCIALS!

Michael Corvin
01-07-08, 08:33 PM
This series still has to find it's groove too. So it'll get better, especially when the Gladiators display more personality.

There's only 8 episodes on deck and we are already at the third. Not sure how much change could possibly happen over the next five.

Ah, so I just went to the webpage and noticed that we have already seen all of the events. There will be nothing new on tonight.

I was hoping they still had the one where they rolled around in a steel cage and rolling over triggers.

Wow. Seriously? What's the point of watching now? There are tons of other events they could bring back.

Pressplay
01-07-08, 08:46 PM
Ok, they really need to cut that scripted shit out, seriously. The contestants sound like they learned all of their lines backstage. Less talking, more fighting!

chrisih8u
01-07-08, 08:52 PM
The travelator is too hard. Its dumb to see the contestants spend more than a minute on it.

cdollaz
01-07-08, 09:18 PM
I saw the last few minutes of tonight's episode and it was total shit. It had a really cheap quality to it. I loved the t-shirts that the families were wearing that had obviously been made by the show as they were all alike except for the colors. And the female announcer is horrible.

Drop
01-07-08, 09:18 PM
There's only 8 episodes on deck and we are already at the third. Not sure how much change could possibly happen over the next five.

Like I said, we'll see more of the Gladiators. Crush really beat those contestants at joust. I thought that one chick was knocked out, that was definitely as brutal as any Gladiator has been. Wolf did another sweet move, this time on hang tough.

Plus, like the original, the series evolved as it went on. I'm sure old events will be refined and new ones will be created. This first season is basically an extended pilot, so I wouldn't expect any fundamental things to this season, but it's personality has all ready grown.

I think it's hilarious to see the contestants struggle on the travelator, although it's not like all of them do poorly. Siene completely owned it, and did better than both the guys.

I saw the last few minutes of tonight's episode and it was total shit. It had a really cheap quality to it. I loved the t-shirts that the families were wearing that had obviously been made by the show as they were all alike except for the colors. And the female announcer is horrible.

Not any different than the old series, which always felt cheap. All those same stunts were done. I agree about the hosts though, they're lame.

cdollaz
01-07-08, 09:30 PM
Not any different than the old series, which always felt cheap. All those same stunts were done. I agree about the hosts though, they're lame.

But this is 2007 and networks but a lot of money into their programming. There is no excuse for such a cheap looking product. The challenge sets on Survivor, which are out in the middle of nowhere, look considerably better and seem of better quality than this stuff. It looks like something they can put up in a couple of hours, tear down, and put up quickly again when they move on to the next town.

Deftones
01-07-08, 10:06 PM
LOL. My wife and I are laughing our asses off at these guys trying to do the Travelator.

Layziebones
01-07-08, 11:17 PM
But this is 2007 and networks but a lot of money into their programming.

This is 2008...

fumanstan
01-07-08, 11:20 PM
LOL. My wife and I are laughing our asses off at these guys trying to do the Travelator.

You got married already? I had no idea :p

cinta5
01-07-08, 11:29 PM
I just watched some of it on Hulu.com...wow, that's crazy! I feel like they are all on steroids...even the contenders.

clemente
01-07-08, 11:33 PM
The travelator is too hard. Its dumb to see the contestants spend more than a minute on it.

The toughest American Gladiator event ever? The TRAVELATOR!! I nearly am rolling on the floor watching people slip sliding down for large chunks of time.

Here's the basic thing though, its still at its core, the same program. All of the nitpicks can be fixed in an eventual Season 2. We all have fond memories of what gladiator became, but it evolved into that, and I think given the chance, this will too.

Bring in a live play by play guy and don't cut up the action so much and the show improves. Cut the "scripted" banter before the challenges, show improves. Add a few new games and change the eliminator (like the old show did), show improves.

For what it is, I'm enjoying it.

Charlie Goose
01-07-08, 11:35 PM
I recalled the ref would hold the contender in the pit for something like 5 seconds, now there is really no reason to attempt the bike or the barrel roll for that matter.

Just jump in and run.
Yeah, I was wondering about that. Why even attempt either one?

cartman
01-08-08, 12:11 AM
Yeah, I was wondering about that. Why even attempt either one?

Because the script says to? :lol:

cdollaz
01-08-08, 12:37 AM
This is 2008...

It always takes me a month or so to remember it is a new year.

das Monkey
01-08-08, 01:16 AM
The editor on this show needs to be fired. All the back-and-forth between the contestants and hosts needs to be trimmed by about 99%. One of the great things about the original is that you never spent more then 5 seconds with the contestants, and they were typically humble and reserved. Now it's a bunch of loud douchebags mugging for the camera like this is an episode of <i>Deal or No Deal</i>.

At least the new Eliminator is awesome.

das

argh923
01-08-08, 01:18 AM
LOL. My wife and I are laughing our asses off at these guys trying to do the Travelator.

It's amazing how many of them simply couldn't understand the fact that you needed to get a good running head start. Every single time someone did that, they made it to the top, except once, when Big Country tripped on his way up.

Jeremy517
01-08-08, 01:27 AM
The only thing wrong with the eliminator is that the rest of the show is of little importance. Even a 17.5 second lead, which is pretty big, can be made up really easily. But since the rest of the show is terrible, I don't really mind.

Da Thrilla
01-08-08, 04:00 AM
I recorded the two-hour premiere last night to watch it tonight. I only made it through the first 45 minutes, stopped the program, and deleted it. It was that shitty.

Damn network and producers ruining a good thing :thmbsdwn::thmbsdwn:

GradVT06
01-08-08, 08:29 AM
Watching this program makes me want to pay for the extra sports package from Cox, just to get ESPN Classic, just so I can watch old school American Gladiators. Sure, it was kinda cheesy, but at least in a good way. This is horribly forced cheesiness, from Wolf's howl to Toa's blabbering. Everything is so silver and clear in Assault, I couldn't see anything in the course. I really wish they would have kept the old music- I liked it. And what's with the Eliminator? A barrell roll? Aren't you supposed to get a 5 second penalty before you can even begin climbing up if you fall off that or hand-bike? Give me Thunder, Tower, Gemini, Ice, Blaze, Zap, and those folks any day of the week. If they replayed those in primetime I'd watch them.

Charlie Goose
01-08-08, 09:08 AM
The only thing wrong with the eliminator is that the rest of the show is of little importance. Even a 17.5 second lead, which is pretty big, can be made up really easily. But since the rest of the show is terrible, I don't really mind.
True, in the original show a 17 second head start was huge and you would really need to get lucky or show athletic brilliance to make up for it. Now, it's a nothing lead.

And I've never been a fan of Hulk Hogan, but they've managed to completely neuter his undeniable charisma. Someone on this show NEEDS to show some real personality, enough with the shitty scripted banter.

TGM
01-08-08, 10:23 AM
OK. Hulk Hogan was wearing a wig, right?

GradVT06
01-08-08, 10:29 AM
OK. Hulk Hogan was wearing a wig, right?

I'm NOT a wrestling guy so I haven't seen the guy in years or know much about him, but, methinks he's wearing a wig or hair extensions or somethin

rfduncan
01-08-08, 11:57 AM
But this is 2007 and networks but a lot of money into their programming. There is no excuse for such a cheap looking product. The challenge sets on Survivor, which are out in the middle of nowhere, look considerably better and seem of better quality than this stuff. It looks like something they can put up in a couple of hours, tear down, and put up quickly again when they move on to the next town.
But I don't think it is. When I went to the movies last weekend, they were showing that "First Look" crap they show while people find seats and wait for previews, and they had a whole spot about this show. They were going on and on about how expensive it was to create the new arena and the huge water tank, audience space, all the lights, etc. I think it probably DID cost a lot to build, but the actual "flashiness" they added to it just makes it look crappy. (Well that pyramid IS crappy.)

The editor on this show needs to be fired.
Agree 100%

All the back-and-forth between the contestants and hosts needs to be trimmed by about 99%. One of the great things about the original is that you never spent more then 5 seconds with the contestants, and they were typically humble and reserved. Now it's a bunch of loud douchebags mugging for the camera like this is an episode of Deal or No Deal.
Yeah... that first dude, the LA "professional" skateboarder was just talking all this smack until he basically had his ass handed to him. When they do the weak trash talk, you kind of want the gladiators to cream they just because their jackasses - not because you care about/are really rooting for the gladiators.

On another note, I will say two cool things - hooray that it is in HD and the helmet cameras are a pretty cool addition. Too bad they hardly ever used any footage from the headcams though. :(

IMHO, I think it is just goofy fun and will temporarily fill the void of scripted shows during the strike - and this comes from a perennial reality show hater.

Eric F
01-08-08, 12:35 PM
On another note, I will say two cool things - hooray that it is in HDUnfortunately the HD is all but unwatchable because of the arena setup and strobe lighting they use which causes excessive macroblocking.:(

cdollaz
01-08-08, 12:56 PM
But I don't think it is. When I went to the movies last weekend, they were showing that "First Look" crap they show while people find seats and wait for previews, and they had a whole spot about this show. They were going on and on about how expensive it was to create the new arena and the huge water tank, audience space, all the lights, etc. I think it probably DID cost a lot to build, but the actual "flashiness" they added to it just makes it look crappy. (Well that pyramid IS crappy.)


That is my point. They obviously have some money behind the show, so there is no excuse for something that looks so cheap.

islandclaws
01-08-08, 04:06 PM
I like it. I only watched the first episode, but I thought it was cool. I love Hulk Hogan. The guy is an American icon. Most of the contestants were douchebags, especially the guy who came back after missing it 14 years ago, but the new events are pretty sweet. These new gladiators are tough as fuck and did a good job beating the players down. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the ref the same guy that did it during the original show? Nice little touch there.

cdollaz
01-08-08, 04:13 PM
I love Hulk Hogan. The guy is an American icon. .

Yeah, man. Like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, huh?

islandclaws
01-08-08, 06:02 PM
Yeah, man. Like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, huh?

Exactly. I defy you to find any random person on the street who <i>can't</i> tell you who Hulk Hogan is. Besides, growing up in the 80's, the man was a legend to kids.

7Keys
01-08-08, 07:57 PM
I just watched the 3 episodes (way too much for one sitting). I think it'll be okay once a week, but I'll have to tape it and FF through interviews.

What I don't like:
-Doesn't have the same charm as the original did (but I was young then)
-The Barrel Roll in the Eliminator.
-The way they cut to the commercials.
-The hand bike is worthless, just jump down and climb.
-The cheap look to the show
- $100,000 for the grand prize? That's it?

fumanstan
01-08-08, 08:40 PM
It's weird because you would think that how worthless the barrell roll and hand bike would be painfully obvious when letting people run through the Eliminator during any tests or trials. Especially without some sort of major penalty for falling.

VHS?
01-09-08, 02:06 AM
This show seems fake to me.The finishes on most seem really fake.You can see the front runners looking back to see where the other is and not because they are worried but making sure they are on track.
I think Wolf is probably the most original and fits the show.Not sure why he is disliked.
Crush is hot and I have always thought so.She did seem to pack on a few pounds and I hope she is taking it off easier to get to 140 for her Feb 16th fight than she did last time.

Hogan I can deal with but Laila Ali is all wrong.She seems to think she is a diva or something.That whole deal with her and that one guy getting her a little wet was just bad TV

I don't mind watching and will continue to watch just to be entertained.

rfduncan
01-09-08, 09:17 AM
Exactly. I defy you to find any random person on the street who <i>can't</i> tell you who Hulk Hogan is. Besides, growing up in the 80's, the man was a legend to kids.
Yes, but kids today have ZERO clue who he is. He's as much of an American "icon" as Mr. T (about whom my 14 year old nephew has no idea - now if you were talking to him about John Cena...).

kenbuzz
01-09-08, 09:41 AM
I thought it was just the opposite. The old Gladiators tried to take guys heads off in stuff like Powerball, Breakthrough and Conquer, Joust, and other events.Ah.... Breakthrough and Conquer:
0t8M7FZNDBY

kenbuzz
01-09-08, 09:50 AM
Oh, I don't know. We Tivo'ed the first two shows and watched the first one last night. I kinda dug watching Titan ham it up for the camera at every opportunity, and though Wolf's constant howling got predictably annoying my wife pointed out that he has amazingly white teeth.
http://www.nbc.com/American_Gladiators/images/photos/scet/1466/wolf_013.jpg

I was happy to see "Pro Skateboarder Dad" get his ass waxed, but was scratching my head when I saw how "Fire Marshall Bill" swam... he looked like a fish out of water (only in water, if you catch my meaning). I was diasppointed to see the "Spider Monkey" win his event... it only pointed out that the Eliminator is more about agility and stamina than it is about strength.

And while the ultimate champion gets the opportunity to come back next year as a Gladiator, I just can't see Monkey Boy doing that.

TheNightFlier
01-09-08, 10:19 AM
This is what I was talking about earlier. Turbo throwing a left during Swingshot about a minute into the clip.

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Big Boy Laroux
01-09-08, 10:58 AM
shoulda broken his nose! American gladiator has RULES, man!

rfduncan
01-09-08, 11:08 AM
shoulda broken his nose! American gladiator has RULES, man!
Which were enforced on the Monday night one where Justice yanked the contestant back into his zone in Gauntlet. They ended up giving the guy the full 10 points like he finished successfully.

Ravenous
01-09-08, 03:54 PM
Well I watch this while working out and its pretty fun. BUT seeing those old clips I remember how better it was than this one. Just to make sure, theyre NOT reruning it anymore right? Cause Id rather see the old school.

And whats this I read with Crush ready for a fight? Shes a boxer or something?

fumanstan
01-09-08, 04:08 PM
Well I watch this while working out and its pretty fun. BUT seeing those old clips I remember how better it was than this one. Just to make sure, theyre NOT reruning it anymore right? Cause Id rather see the old school.

And whats this I read with Crush ready for a fight? Shes a boxer or something?

She's a Mixed Martial Arts fighter.

Finisher
01-09-08, 04:30 PM
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Gina Carano (Crush).

VHS?
01-09-08, 06:24 PM
And she is hot with great set of boobies......and could probably kick my ass....and I would let her in exchange for 5 .... 3 minutes :D

Michael Corvin
01-10-08, 12:11 AM
Nice vid. Painful to sit through that song though.

Just watched the third episode. The Travelator owns all! :lol: The scripted dialog really needs to go.

jpb07
01-10-08, 03:39 PM
I'd like to know the need for two stars to be hosting the show. Mike Adamle is still grunting it out doing local sports (albeit in Chicago) and Larry Csonka...well, he's still being a bitter old man just waiting to pop the champaign if the Pats lose. Their greatness hosting the show was that the contenders and even more so, the gladiators were the stars. While I am happy to see the show back on the air, they need to bring in two schmos to host it (hell, even bring in the Pros v Joes host along with some hasbeen athlete) and get rid of all the trademarkish vocals by the gladiators along with the interviews with the contestents. Anyone else notice that for the women it's generally an ugly duckling vs. an attractive yet annoyingly positive minded chick?

orderandlaw
01-14-08, 03:11 PM
NBC orders more 'Gladiators'
Revival had highest ratings of any new show
By JOSEF ADALIAN
After just two original broadcasts, NBC has decided to order up another season of its "American Gladiators" revival.
New take on "Gladiators" bowed to the highest ratings of any new series this season, scripted or unscripted. It averaged a 5.9/14 among adults 18-49, and 12 million viewers overall. Skein's premiere in its regular Monday night slot last week also did very well.

Peacock isn't saying how many extra episodes of "Gladiator" it's ordered, or when the second season of the show will air. First season is slated to wrap in mid-February.

"Gladiators" comes from MGM Television and Reveille. Mark Koops, Howard Owens and David Hurwitz are exec producers.


Excellent. Now hopefully they'll work out the kinks.

uteotw
01-14-08, 04:07 PM
Cancelled my season pass.
Too many irritating aspects.
Just can't do it...

Ravenous
01-15-08, 03:51 AM
Nice vid. Painful to sit through that song though.

Just watched the third episode. The Travelator owns all! :lol: The scripted dialog really needs to go.

Yea, shitty music. She looks alot younger and better too. I think she aged alot.

Tonights ep was alright. Another injury on the same event. Not enough Crush

JTH182
01-15-08, 04:30 AM
I figured out who Wolf reminds me of:

http://rubino.reticencias.com.br/fotos/dodgeball.jpg

GradVT06
01-15-08, 09:32 AM
Wow that horse and bull rider chick and minister dude wanted to make me puke. Do they TRY to get the most annoying people on the show?

Bluelitespecial
01-15-08, 08:18 PM
I sure hope someone else can find a way to win assault, because only one person has so far.

clemente
01-15-08, 11:47 PM
I sure hope someone else can find a way to win assault, because only person has so far.

Everything seems squeezed together on Assault....make the space between obstacles larger and not so close to the Gladiator platform.

Jeremy517
01-17-08, 03:17 PM
Evidently the "bull rider" contestant from the last episode is a softcore porn actress. http://www.realitytvscoop.com/2008/01/belinda-gavin-stars-in-american-gladiators-porn/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1310006/

DRG
01-17-08, 04:13 PM
Evidently the "bull rider" contestant from the last episode is a softcore porn actress.

Maybe she writes her u's like a's and the producers misunderstood her application?

bunkaroo
01-17-08, 04:21 PM
I found the show to be mildly entertaining if one fast forwards through anything that isn't actual competition.

Mikael79
01-21-08, 10:08 PM
I was a huge fan of the original show when I was a kid, and I'm loving this new version as well. The talking parts are a little boring, but the competition sections are classic TV, in my opinion.

So many good looking female Gladiators, I can't even name them all, but my favorite is Crush.

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/606/crush005mg5.jpg

JTH182
01-22-08, 04:38 AM
Evan Dollard went to my high school... graduated the year after I did. He really bulked up. Used to be pretty skinny when I knew him. Man did he kick some ass tonight!

sauce07
01-22-08, 09:14 AM
I figured out who Wolf reminds me of:

http://rubino.reticencias.com.br/fotos/dodgeball.jpg

I've been saying this since it first premiered. i can't take that guy serious, every time I see him do his thing I laugh and think about the bar room scene from Dodgeball.

I've given up watching this show on NBC, I know just wait for it to get posted on Hulu.com and skip past all the horribly scripted lines.

Ravenous
01-22-08, 02:46 PM
So many good looking female Gladiators, I can't even name them all, but my favorite is Crush.

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/606/crush005mg5.jpg

I think what makes them all better is that they dont look all trashy like most girls today. I havent spotted a single tattoo on the chicks. If they have em, theyre not visible. Makes em totally hotter.

Crush is so hot, but last night I saw a shot and her legs looked overly huge, about Hellga size.... Dont matter, Id still fuck her :D

RickerOne
01-23-08, 01:54 PM
My New American Gladiators drinking game:

1. everytime Hulk says "brotha" take a drink
2. everytime the ref counts down 3, 2, 1 - anyone who does not say "Dodgeball" after 1 must drink
3. everytime a contestant dedicates their performance to a family member, take a drink
4. anytime the play by play announcer makes a bad pun, finish your glass
5. everytime the gladiator "Wolf" howls, howl and do a shot
6. everytime someone loses a piece of protective equipment (helmet, neck brace, etc.) take a drink

Bluelitespecial
01-23-08, 02:32 PM
My New American Gladiators drinking game:

2. everytime the ref counts down 3, 2, 1 - anyone who does not say "Dodgeball" after 1 must drink


Yeah I think was thinking the same thing because the ref looks and sounds just like the one from dodgeball.

fujishig
01-28-08, 05:49 PM
I guess we know what Mike Adamle is doing now... he's been hired by the WWE, presumably to help announce Raw...

Giantrobo
01-29-08, 01:38 AM
I wish they would dump the way the hosts talk to the competitors just before the match starts. I'd rather just get a short interview after each match.

Rockmjd23
01-29-08, 03:43 AM
I guess we know what Mike Adamle is doing now... he's been hired by the WWE, presumably to help announce Raw...
yep and he spent his first night at the Royal Rumble flubbing names, like "Jeff Harvey".

kevin75
01-29-08, 08:37 AM
that short guy last night needs to come up with some material of his own. he was stealing bits from at least 'anchorman' and 'dodgeball'.

Charlie Goose
01-29-08, 09:00 AM
My New American Gladiators drinking game:

1. everytime Hulk says "brotha" take a drink
2. everytime the ref counts down 3, 2, 1 - anyone who does not say "Dodgeball" after 1 must drink
3. everytime a contestant dedicates their performance to a family member, take a drink
4. anytime the play by play announcer makes a bad pun, finish your glass
5. everytime the gladiator "Wolf" howls, howl and do a shot
6. everytime someone loses a piece of protective equipment (helmet, neck brace, etc.) take a drink

Every time someone vows to give more than 100%, do a shot.

Mr. Plow
01-29-08, 12:14 PM
I figured out who Wolf reminds me of:

http://rubino.reticencias.com.br/fotos/dodgeball.jpgWolf reminds me of a hairy Richard Branson.

das Monkey
02-04-08, 08:31 PM
8:22 EST

That's when the male contenders started their first event tonight. 22 minutes! Talk, talk, talk! I hit the 30-second skip button 5 or 6 times thinking I'll miss something and have to backtrack. It never happens. They're always still talking! STFU and gladiate already! This show would be insufferable without TiVo (which does not directly mean that it <i>isn't</i> insufferable <i>with</i> it).

das

Mercury&Solace
02-04-08, 11:19 PM
8:22 EST

That's when the male contenders started their first event tonight. 22 minutes! Talk, talk, talk! I hit the 30-second skip button 5 or 6 times thinking I'll miss something and have to backtrack. It never happens. They're always still talking! STFU and gladiate already! This show would be insufferable without TiVo (which does not directly mean that it <i>isn't</i> insufferable <i>with</i> it).

das


Real talk.

I love this show, but I am getting god damn sick and tired of all the fucking talking, shut up!!

matta
02-05-08, 12:31 AM
Real talk.

I love this show, but I am getting god damn sick and tired of all the fucking talking, shit up!!

For real. I mean, it can't cost that much extra to add an extra event every show. This show definately has a "professional wrestling" vibe that I dislike.

Here is what this show needs (in order of priority):

1. An extra event each show
2. Replaced Leila Ali and Hulk Hogan
3. Atlasphere
4. Eliminate Hit and Run
5. Original assault distances (no starting behind a wall)
6. Original rings (approximately twice as long)
7. Smaller powerball scoring rings (screw throwing it in)
8. Sky Track
9. Break through Gladiators at the end of the Eliminator
10. Turn Earthquake back into Breakthrough and Conquer

Charlie Goose
02-05-08, 09:20 AM
Here is what this show needs (in order of priority):

At the very top of the list should be getting rid of the ridiculous canned commentary. It's awful.

1. An extra event each show - Yes, too much gabbing when they could easily fit in another event.

2. Replaced Leila Ali and Hulk Hogan - Can't say I disagree with it. Neither one of them add anything, just more scripted nonsense.

3. Atlasphere - I say no on this one. I always thought it was a silly event, running around in hamster balls.

4. Eliminate Hit and Run - Agree.

5. Original assault distances (no starting behind a wall) - I know it's a crowd pleaser, but I don't like this event. Firing blindly at a target isn't very athletic.

6. Original rings (approximately twice as long) - Agree.

7. Smaller powerball scoring rings (screw throwing it in) - It did seem more difficult the old way. Although I can understand widening the openings to allow for more scoring.

8. Sky Track - Not sure about this, it was a weird event.

9. Break through Gladiators at the end of the Eliminator - Maybe with the original, but after this new grueling Eliminator, they barely have anything left.

10. Turn Earthquake back into Breakthrough and Conquer - Yes, I always liked the combo.

kenbuzz
02-18-08, 04:03 PM
Well, Season one is in the books. Looking at our crop of semi-finalists, it looked like those who were quicker had a huge advantage over those who were stronger... and as the final three weeks played out, that theory was confirmed. Speed wins, at least under this format.

I would like to see an update for the next time out... something that tries to offset the huge advantage that little speedy "spider monkey" types have over bigger, stronger competitors. I would also like to see more events where the competitors compete directly against the Gladiators (as in Powerball or Pyramid) instead of those where it's a game of dodgeball (Assault) or keep-away (like Wall or Hit/Run).

PS - What would your Gladiator name be?

Mercury&Solace
02-18-08, 04:25 PM
Well, Season one is in the books. Looking at our crop of semi-finalists, it looked like those who were quicker had a huge advantage over those who were stronger... and as the final three weeks played out, that theory was confirmed. Speed wins, at least under this format.

I would like to see an update for the next time out... something that tries to offset the huge advantage that little speedy "spider monkey" types have over bigger, stronger competitors. I would also like to see more events where the competitors compete directly against the Gladiators (as in Powerball or Pyramid) instead of those where it's a game of dodgeball (Assault) or keep-away (like Wall or Hit/Run).

PS - What would your Gladiator name be?

I like what you are saying. It seems like if you are super quick/fast, these events can be easily dominated. Agreed when you said that there should be something to offset the speed factor with some pure strength type stuff. I would personally like to see some type of strongman events or something like that incorporated in the next American Gladiators. You gotta cut out the talk, and change the show up a little bit to hold viewers, because I won't watch this again unless I can DVR it first and fast foreword through the wretched talking.

kenbuzz
02-18-08, 04:33 PM
- The original had Tug of War and Hamsterballs (oops, Atlasphere)... those would be a good start.
- Eliminator needs to be less about speed, really. A big lead after 4-5 events can be easily overcome if your opponent is a tiny little quick dude.
- We only watch it via Tivo. If NBC wants people to pay attention what's happening between events, they need to can the banter.

matta
02-18-08, 04:46 PM
And I would say that they need a penalty for the handbikes on the eliminator - women don't even try anymore (they just grab the bike and drop). The problem is that the eliminator is so damn long, and the bike is in the later half, so it's hard to keep up the endurance.

I don't know why they reversed the eliminator
Before: treadmill -> bike -> balance beam -> cargo net -> zip line -> wall -> end
Now: Wall -> swim -> cargo net -> cylinder -> bike -> balance beam -> Pyramid -> zip line -> treadmill -> end

sauce07
02-18-08, 04:51 PM
this season was a little of a let down, I love that the show is back but it just doesn't work as it is right now. I believe they only had 7 different events which means that it's the exact same stuff every week.

How long till they have a celebrity edition or NFL edition? I say sweeps next year.

matta
02-18-08, 05:49 PM
this season was a little of a let down, I love that the show is back but it just doesn't work as it is right now. I believe they only had 7 different events which means that it's the exact same stuff every week.


It's possible that they were holding back because it was a limited airing to see if the show would fly. Now that they've renewed it, hopefully they can spend money on adding some new events.

Mercury&Solace
02-18-08, 08:27 PM
It's possible that they were holding back because it was a limited airing to see if the show would fly. Now that they've renewed it, hopefully they can spend money on adding some new events.

Good call.
I heard this was picked up for another season. I think the popularity is catching on too. I hear people talk about it at work, regular people that don't talk about much TV. And I see a few of the Gladiators on the cover of workout magazines and MMA magazines, I think AG is here to stay. Just a few tweaks to make it more enjoyable.

islandclaws
02-19-08, 02:46 PM
So the men's comp on Sunday didn't start until 35 minutes into the broadcast. Are they nuts? The finale was pretty much crap. I hope they change things up a lot for S2 because I'm pretty tired of the formula they've been employing thus far. I can't believe that guy is going to be a gladiator now.

BravesMG
02-19-08, 02:49 PM
I can't believe that guy is going to be a gladiator now.He might not be jacked, but that was one of the quickest and most athletic guys I saw on that show, Gladiators included. I want to see him pull somebody off the wall in less than 5 seconds.

DRG
02-19-08, 03:19 PM
Well, we know the winning guy won't be asked to do the Joust. :) I actually enjoyed the women's competition a bit more in the finale, but I've really enjoyed watching Monica all the times she was on. She was the first contender of either gender to finish the Eliminator in under two minutes, as well as the only one to nail the Assault bullseye with the first weapon and get to the top of the pyramid. She was a spunky, fun competitor to watch.

das Monkey
02-19-08, 03:30 PM
She was also the least annoying of all the women on the show. At least until the producers got to her. Her first few appearances were reserved and humble, but by the end, she was yelling and screaming like the rest of them. Someone must have had "a talk" with her.

das

El Scorcho
02-19-08, 03:31 PM
Thank god this contrived bullshit is over. I was forced to watch because it was AG but for fucks sake, none of this was real competition.

Ravenous
02-19-08, 03:47 PM
The finale was annoying; I forwarded all the talking shit.

And whats up with all the dude Gladiators talking? Has a women even talked at all? Ive heard Helga a bit and Im sure shes a dude, but I want some Crush! Im just enchanted whenever they show her :)

Finisher
02-19-08, 04:16 PM
..but I want some Crush! I'm just enchanted whenever they show her :)Yeah, I'd have bailed on this show if not for Crush and the Eliminator.

Doubt I'll make it through next season if they don't minimize the annoying small talk and figure out a way to make the rest of the events meaningful.


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