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‘Ninja Warrior’ renewed for fourth season

NBC to air more episodes than last year

“American Ninja Warrior” has been renewed for a fourth season with NBC is taking on additional episodes.

While NBCUniversal cabler G4 will once again air the entire season this summer, the Peacock will televise the preliminary finals and grande finale of the obstacle course competition series. Last year NBC only aired the final episode.

Also changing will be the production location. The new season will be shot entirely in the U.S. Previous seasons were set in Japan because the show is based on a format that was originally aired by the Tokyo Broadcasting System.

A. Smith & Co. Prods. is set to produce with Arthur Smith and Kent Weed on board as exec producers.

Season three of “Ninja” did well for G4, which caters to a male demo. Cabler recently announced NBC’s former marketing topper Adam Stotsky is taking over as g.m. in charge of programming, development and many other divisions.

Stotsky, who reports to NBCU cabler topper Bonnie Hammer, replaced former G4 president Neal Tiles.