8:14am PT by Kate Stanhope
Netflix Competition Series 'Ultimate Beastmaster' Renewed for Season 2
Ultimate Beastmaster is ready for round two.
Netflix has renewed the global competition series for a second season set to launch globally Dec. 15.
Season two will run 10 episodes and feature 108 competitors from six countries, including Spain, France, Italy, China, India and the U.S. Each episode will see 12 participants, two from each country, try their hand at "The Beast" obstacle course. Nine winners, one from each episode, will then advance to the finals where they will go up against each other in hopes of winning and being crowed the "Ultimate Beastmaster."
In addition to the six competing countries listed above, this season will include returning hosts from South Korea (actor Seo Kyung Suk and actress Park Kyeong Rim), Mexico (sportscaster Ines Sainz and actor Luis Ernesto Franco) and Brazil (former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and comedian and TV personality Rafinha Bastos) who will add commentary on the competition resulting in nine customized locals versions of the series around the world.
The six other participating countries will have new hosts, including former NFL player and Fox Sports commentator Tiki Barber and comedian Chris Distefano for the U.S. The other new hosting duos are as follows:
Spain: TV host Paula Vazquez and Olympic gold medalist Saul Craviotto
France: Actor Gilles Marini and sports journalist Sandy Heribert
Italy: Francesco Facchinetti aka DJ Francesco and supermodel Bianca Balti
China: TV personality Bin Gu (TV Personality) and actress Du Qin Yi
India: Trained martial artist Vidyut Jamwal and actress Sarah Jane Dias
Sylvester Stallone executive produces the series with Dave Broome, Yong Yam and Kevin-King-Templeton. Ultimate Beastmaster is produced by 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome.
Premiering in February, Ultimate Beastmaster was Netflix's first competition series. While the streamer has been in the documentary films (Casting JonBenet, Amanda Knox, 13th) and docuseries (Making a Murderer, Chef's Table) space for several years, it has been pushing more aggressively into other unscripted content in the past two years. In addition to competition, Netflix has expanded into talk shows (Bill Nye Saves the World, the Beyond Stranger Things aftershow and David Letterman's upcoming interview series) and stand-up specials from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and David Chappelle, among others.
The global scale of Ultimate Beastmaster also comes as Netflix has been aggressive about growing its audiences abroad, launching scripted originals in countries like Brazil, Germany, France and Italy to name a few.
"As Netflix has expanded into over 190 countries, we've seen that people are looking to engage with others around the world while also connecting with something that feels personal and close to home," content chief Ted Sarandos told THR at the time of the show's premiere.
Watch a trailer for season two below.