You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Team Ninja Warrior’ Renewed for Season 2 at Esquire Network (EXCLUSIVE)

Esquire Network has renewed “Team Ninja Warrior” for Season 2, Variety has learned exclusively.

The upcoming season will consist of 16 episodes, which will include a five-part special event, “Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition,” featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities.

The first spinoff of the “American Ninja Warrior” franchise, “Team Ninja Warrior” ranks as Esquire’s most-watched original series of all time. The series features teams made up of past competitors from the flagship series.

“Our success last season made clear that viewers love watching these amazing competitors battle against each other on the course, and as we move into season two, we will continue to raise the bar on the competition as teams are even more driven to conquer not only the course, but each other,” said Matt Hanna, Esquire’s executive vice president of development and production. “Now with the introduction of our college edition episodes, we are bringing some of the most infamous college rivalries to life as only Esquire Network can as these schools go head-to-head for the ultimate Ninja bragging rights.”

The “Ninja Warrior” franchise has been part of Esquire Network’s DNA since the cabler’s launch. “American Ninja Warrior” is based on Japan’s hit TV show “Sasuke,” and the former NBCUniversal cabler G4 originally aired cut-down episodes of the show, calling it “Ninja Warrior,” followed up by “Ninja Fest” in 2006 where a number of Americans were chosen compete on the Japanese “Sasuke” course. In 2009, G4 launched “American Ninja Warrior” sending 10 finalists to “Sasuke,” and in 2012, NBC came on board to co-produce with G4 — and eventually Esquire — and air alternated premiere episodes. Today, the series is a full co-production between NBC and Esquire with the cable net airing new episodes the night after the debut on the broadcast net.

This week, “American Ninja Warrior’s” eighth season premieres June 1 on NBC with the Esquire encore on June 2.

The “Team” renewal comes the same day NBC launched a digital series for the flagship “American Ninja Warrior,” first reported by Variety.

“Team Ninja Warrior” is hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila. The new season will have an “amped-up version of the world’s most intense obstacle course,” and again will feature teams of three people — two men and one woman. A. Smith & Co. Productions founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed exec produce with Brian Richardson.

More TV

  • Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, the 1975

    Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, the 1975 Win Big at Brit Awards

    Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and the 1975 were big winners at Wednesday night’s Brit Awards, taking home the Best British Single (for Harris and Lipa’s “One Kiss”), Album of the Year (for The 1975’s “Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships”) as well as Best British Group (the 1975). While the show, livestreamed from London’s O2 Arena, [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Launching Contract Negotiations

    SAG-AFTRA, Ad Industry Quietly Launch Contract Negotiations

    SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry are quietly launching commercial contract talks on Wednesday, six weeks before the current master contract expires on March 31. Both sides have declined to comment on the talks, which will take place in New York City, and have already agreed to a news blackout until there’s a deal in place. [...]

  • Oscar OScars Placeholder

    ABC Will Test New Commercial Format During Oscars

    Lady Gaga and Viggo Mortensen aren’t the only entities set to take a star turn during ABC’s coming broadcast of the Oscars. Marriott International will get its own commercial break during ABC’s telecast this Sunday evening. Viewers will see a 30-second promo for the hotel operator and then a 60 second ad for its new [...]

  • Ariana Grande Surprises Boy Band on

    Ariana Grande Surprises Filipino Boy Band on 'Corden'

    The Filipino boy band TNT Boys gained an extra member Tuesday night when pop-star Ariana Grande made a surprise appearance during the group’s performance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” After winning Filipino competition show “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids,” band members Keifer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion have continued to solidify [...]

  • Tucker Carlson

    Tucker Carlson Calls Historian 'Tiny Brain,' 'Moron' in Expletive-Laden Leaked Video

    Historian Rutger Bregman has released cellphone footage of an unaired interview he did with Fox News host Tucker Carlson and an email that he received from Carlson afterward that called him “an a–hole.” Bregman, an author of several books on history, economics, and philosophy, claimed Carlson invited him on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to [...]

  • A Man Walks Into the Cnn

    CNN Seeks 'Both Sides' Balance but Spurs Criticism From All Sides (Analysis)

    In a time when news viewers are splintering around partisan leanings, CNN is proving to be a uniter, not a divider: people from both sides of the political aisle are eager to criticize its business decisions and news coverage. The one-time plain vanilla network can’t win for losing as it tries to achieve an elusive [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content