American Ninja Warrior is returning for a ninth season. NBC said it has renewed the four-time Emmy-nominated series for a return this summer. Production will begin in the spring with a premiere date TBD. Hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with sideline reporter Zuri Hall, the obstacle course competition series will shoot in three cities this season: Los Angeles, Washington and St. Louis. The show’s national finals will once again take place in Las Vegas.
NBC has placed the first pieces of its summer schedule puzzle, slotting premiere dates for hit reality series America’s Got Talent (May 31) and American Ninja Warrior (June 1).
After seven seasons, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior has its first champion, as Isaac Caldiero, a 33-year-old rock climber and busboy, became the first U.S. contestant to complete all four “stages” of its grueling Las Vegas obstacle course in Monday’s season finale to claim the $1 million prize.
NBC will bring out the next season of American Ninja Warrior on Monday, May 26, 8-10 p.m., and America’s Got Talent the next night, Tuesday, May 27, 8-10 p.m. Talent is returning with its judging/host cast intact.
American Ninja Warrior debuts on broadcast a day after its cable premiere, part of a big push for integration among NBCUniversal properties.
NBC said today that the two co-owned networks will air a summer competition series putting contestants through an arduous obstacle course, sort of a serious version of ABC’s Wipeout. Regional rounds will winnow a field of 100 contestants before a winner is chosen at a Las Vegas course.