American Ninja Warrior is coming back this summer and the competition will be fierce. Modeled after the Japanese television hit show Ninja Warrior, you get to witness top tier athletes take on the toughest obstacles. There will be auditions held from coast to coast so if your an amazing athlete, and you feel like you can handle the competition, then go for it.
NBC and Esquire Network have teamed once again to bring summertime audiences the heart-racing competition series “American Ninja Warrior.” The series is returning for its fifth season on Esquire Network and its second full season on NBC. Matt Iseman returns to the show as host with former NFL player Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network). Jenn Brown (ESPN) will serve as co-host.
The action-packed one-hour series follows competitors as they tackle the world’s most difficult obstacle courses in qualifying and finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete a course in each city move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.
This season the series will travel to four cities in search of the ultimate athlete — Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver and Miami — before heading to Las Vegas. Men and women from all walks of life will vie for the title of “American Ninja Warrior,” including school teachers and firemen, current and former members of the military, amateur sports enthusiasts and even a few Olympic gold medalists.
This year, the competition features a newly revised format for each city’s qualifying and finals courses. In order to guarantee a spot in the national finals, competitors must successfully complete the finals course in their respective city. From there, competitors will travel to Las Vegas and earn the chance to win the title of “American Ninja Warrior,” along with the $500,000 grand prize.
The series will premiere this summer and air weekly on Esquire Network and then NBC on consecutive days — with original episodes on each network. Based on the global hit “Sasuke,” from the Tokyo Broadcast System, the original series is in production for its 28th season and only three contestants have completed the course.
“American Ninja Warrior” is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “Pros vs. Joes”) along with Lake Paradise Entertainment’s Holly Wofford and Viki Cacciatore.