April 08, 2013 12:24pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Ninja Warrior' Adds Pair of New Co-Hosts
NBC and Esquire Network's American Ninja Warrior is getting a facelift.
The grueling competition series has added a pair of new co-hosts and revamped its format ahead of its summer debut on Esquire and NBC.
Former NFL pro-turned NFL Network analyst Akbar Gbaja Biamilia and ESPN's two-time Emmy winning sports broadcaster Jenn Brown will join Matt Iseman as co-hosts of the series. Brown will provide commentary along with interviews with the competitors.
This season, ANW will tweak each city's qualifying and finals courses, adding a "win and get in" format where all competitors who successfully get through the intense obstacles will earn a spot in each city's finals. From there, everyone will be able to advance to the finals course, with those who complete that round earning a trip to Las Vegas to battle for the title and $500,000.
"After the success of last season, we knew we had to give audiences more of the thrills and excitement that only American Ninja Warrior can deliver,” producer Arthur Smith said. “This year promises to be bigger, better and even more challenging. We can’t wait to showcase the amazing talent of our competitors as they undertake their quest to become America’s next ninja warrior.”
New episodes will air weekly on Esquire (previously G4) and then on consecutive days on NBC with original episodes airing on both networks.
The addition of Brown and Biamilia mark the latest changes at NBC's reality competition series. The Sing-Off's Sara Bareilles recently exited and America's Got Talent recently shook-up its judges' table as well.