“American Ninja Warrior” Leaps Back for Another Season of Challenges

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23 May 2015
American Ninja Warrior
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“American Ninja Warrior”
New Season Premieres Monday, May 25 at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC

          Matt Iseman returns as host, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL Network). Kristine Leahy (CBS Sports) joins this season as co-host. Original episodes air exclusively on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network.
          The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $500,000. Although many have come close, no competitor has yet to achieve total victory and claim the prize.

          “American Ninja Warrior” enjoyed an incredible sixth season that included breathtaking and history-making performances. Interest and enthusiasm continues to grow, with submissions up 10 times over last year. In addition to featuring some familiar classics such as the Warped Wall and the Salmon Ladder, the show will introduce 23 new obstacles this season, which call upon a competitor’s endurance, balance, upper body and grip strength. 

          Based on the global hit “Sasuke,” from the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, the original series is now in its 31st season in Japan. To date, only three contestants have completed the Japanese course.

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