Wrestling icon to host NBC's revival

Ben Silverman’s love affair with the 1980s continues.

Peacock entertainment co-chief has tapped wrestling icon Hulk Hogan to host NBC’s upcoming “American Gladiators” revival. Skein is in production for a midseason bow (Daily Variety, Aug. 23).

Hogan shot to fame during the 1980s via his appearances in World Wrestling Federation matches. He also had roles in pics such as “Rocky III” and “No Holds Barred.” More recently, he’s toplined the VH1 unscripted laffer “Hogan Knows Best.”

Silverman has shown a fondness for retro programming. “Gladiators” hails from the 1980s, as does “Knight Rider,” the NBC skein Silverman is bringing back as a two-hour backdoor pilot.

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