'American Gladiators' Coming Back
NPR: 'American Gladiators' Coming Back
American Gladiators, that really great over-the-top show from the '90s, is back!
Yes, the one with the joust, the monkey bars, the obstacle courses. I don't know if the really tight men's shorts will be back, but I know the big hair is gone on the women. I wonder if the names will be the same: Thunder, Gemini, Blaze, Nitro ... and my all-time favorite, Zap. (Why couldn't my parents have named me Zap?)
NPR's Robert Smith, who gets many cool assignments, was in Los Angeles this weekend for the auditions of the new American Gladiators show. He asked contestants why they wanted to audition and even what names they would choose for themselves: Iron Hands (because he'll smash things up), Mercury (because she's on fire), Ferret (not going to work, as Robert noted) and Christy Crash (her roller derby name — sign her up!).
The new show is due out sometime "midseason," according to a report last month in Variety. It will be modeled more closely after the British version of Gladiators, which focused on the "back story" of the amateur competitors who took on the gladiators each week.
All I can say is: Go, Zap!
Well, I'm excited...