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"SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE"

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06/13/2016 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : AN EXHILARATING NEW SUMMER COMPETITION SHOW FEATURING THE MOST GRUELING OBSTACLE COURSE EVER MADE - From the producers of "American Ninja Warrior" comes "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," featuring six teams per episode competing on a mile-long course that's equally demanding and punishing. Each team of five will be responsible for getting their teammates through mud, water and barbed wire, culminating with an attempt to conquer the dreaded Slip Wall for a shot at $250,000. Dhani Jones and Kyle Martino host with Evan Dollard and MJ Acosta as course reporters. TV-PG L

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Re: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) - premieres 6/13/16

This did quite well for NBC, and it's smartly combined with "ANW". I'll be curious to see how well it does next week. Personally, I found this a bit rambling, and hard to focus on since you have so many teams on the field and no built-in rooting interest. They did try to create their share of "lump in the throat" back-stories, though.
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I like the concept behind this, but the execution was lacking for me. A large problem for me is that with this sprawling course with so many different obstacles and this track unfamiliar to me as a viewer, I had a hard time keeping track of how far behind or ahead these teams were. A race loses its inherent drama without the viewer being able to roughly calculate the separation of teams. I think they should have at least numbered the obstacles... like 'Station 4' or whatever. Also if they had an onscreen graphic throughout the run with all three teams' positions.

I also hated the dynamic of not even showing the first of the three runs. Between that and the fact the multinational team got the most highlighted 'human interest' promo, it telegraphed the ending a bit.
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Re: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) - premieres 6/13/16

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... I also hated the dynamic of not even showing the first of the three runs. Between that and the fact the multinational team got the most highlighted 'human interest' promo, it telegraphed the ending a bit.
So far so good for us as well. Also surprised they glossed over 1 run in a minute. I should have seen the "dream team" foreshadowing coming (thought Law & Order had it in hand ... ).
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I didn't particularly enjoy this competition. Some of the obstacles are brutal, but that turns it from an athletic competition to a battle of pain endurance. The risk of injury looks very high, the insurance must be insane.
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They also telegraphed who was going to get the wildcard in the final by constantly hyping the story of the little girl without actually showing the story.
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06/12/2017 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : SEASON PREMIERE - THE EXHILARATING SUMMER COMPETITION RETURNS WITH A NEW GRITTY SETTING AND THE MOST GRUELING OBSTACLE COURSE EVER MADE - From the producers of "American Ninja Warrior" comes a new season of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," featuring six teams per episode competing on a mile-long course that's equally demanding and punishing. Each team of five will be responsible for getting their teammates through mud, water and barbed wire, culminating with an attempt to conquer the dreaded Slip Wall for a shot at $250,000. Apolo Ohno and Kelvin Washington host with Nick Swisher and MJ Acosta as course reporters. TV-PG
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Re: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) -- Series Thread

Looks like they really changed things up for this season. Looks like they're running at night on what looks like a movie set instead of running in the "wild" like they did last season. I'll be watching. It's a good show to watch while you're on the exercise bike/treadmill/elliptical.
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Just watched the S2 premiere and did not care for the new format at all. Last year I liked the outdoor aspect of the challenges, the challenges were more interesting (i.e. spear throw) and it was visually appealing, There are no coaches this year... I'm ok with that, but the coaches did add another layer to the competition. Disappointed.
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Re: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) -- Series Thread

We never saw it last year, but thought it was pretty good after seeing the premiere. The hosts, especially the guy on the ground, is a bit over the top. I prefer the hosts more like the guys on ANW--excited but not completely caricatures.

Looks like next week one of the teams will be an ANW group. Nice cross-promotion. It's amazing how these people have become stars because of these shows...
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Just watched the S2 premiere and did not care for the new format at all. Last year I liked the outdoor aspect of the challenges, the challenges were more interesting (i.e. spear throw) and it was visually appealing, There are no coaches this year... I'm ok with that, but the coaches did add another layer to the competition. Disappointed.
I actually preferred this new format. The course felt tighter and seemed to rely more on the obstacles and less on trekking across long stretches of land. I also was happy they started showing all the runs, as that was my biggest pet peeve with season 1.
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Re: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC) -- Series Thread

But still waaay too much backstory .... But that's was FF is for eh?

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