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G4 renews ‘American Ninja Warrior’

NBC will air final two episodes from Japan

G4 has given the go-ahead for a third season of “American Ninja Warrior,” and in a move of corporate synergy will air the final two episodes on NBC.

Following the recent Comcast merger, the male-skewing cabler is now under the NBCUniversal umbrella.

Series, in which competitors must undergo a series of challenges before taking on a Japanese obstacle course known as Mt. Midoriyama, will return in August. Production is set to begin in May with tryouts at Venice Beach, Calif.

The last two episodes will be shot in Japan and premiere on the Peacock. No date has been set.

Skein is exec produced by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed.

Japanese version of the series, titled “Sasuke,” has been a global hit for several years. G4 renamed the show “American Ninja Warrior” two years ago to give it a Yank appeal.

(Mark Schilling in Tokyo contributed to this report.)

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