December 03, 2007 01:13 AM by Joe Reality
With the writer’s strike not yet over, NBC has officially announced their plans for January. Just like with other networks, NBC’s plans include a lot of new and returning reality TV series. Some of the most exciting news is that the January schedule will include the much anticipated updated version of American Gladiators.
Reality TV Magazine reported back in August that NBC would be bringing back the classic reality series American Gladiators, but now the official premiere date has been set as Sunday, January 6, 2008 from 9PM to 11PM ET. After the special two-hour premiere, American Gladiators will move into its regular day and time on Monday, January 7 from 8PM to 9PM ET.
In addition to American Gladiators, NBC has also announced that the fifth season of The Biggest Loser will premiere on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 from 8PM to 10PM ET, and the reality competition series 1 vs. 100 will return on Friday, January 4, 2008 from 8PM to 9PM ET. Also on the reality TV front, Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice premiere date was previously announced as January 3, 2008 from 9PM to 10PM ET.
According to Craig Plestis, who is the Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming, Development and Specials with NBC Entertainment, “We’re kicking off the New Year with a bang. With the adrenaline rush of Gladiators, a brand-new twist on Biggest Loser, the first million dollar winner on 1 vs 100 and the wildest boardrooms ever seen on Celebrity Apprentice, NBC has a lot of excitement in store for reality fans in 2008.”
Hulk Hogan of Hogan Knows Best and Laila Ali of Dancing with the Stars are going to be hosting American Gladiators. American Gladiators features amateur athletes who go up against the show’s gladiators in a David & Goliath type battle. Events on the series include The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.
According to NBC, the fifth season of The Biggest Loser will feature an all-new twist, as the show will feature couples. These teams of two will include a mother and son, husband and wife, a divorced couple, best friends and brothers.
There are also some changes in store to heighten the excitement of 1 vs. 100. In the premiere episode of the second season, one person will win the top prize of $1 million dollars for the first time in the show’s NBC history. In addition to the regular surprise mob guests, the show will feature a group of mob regulars including Sommore of Queens of Comedy, Ross Mathews of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Richard Rubin of Beauty and the Geek, Oscar the Grouch of Sesame Street and the Dahm Triplets of Playboy Playmates.