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No mention of this on the Rambling Rican blog.

...does Arsenette still hate us?

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Haha probably.

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All Americans, the American Ninja Warrior marathon starts on Esquire now emoticon
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ITV is to bring an existing Meccano- style set to the Manchester Central convention centre for its forthcoming version of US format Ninja Warrior.

ITV Studios label Potato has entered pre-production on its adaptation of NBC’s hit physical gameshow. It is preparing to deliver an 8 x 60-minute Saturday night series for TX on ITV in the spring.

Potato will not have to go through the expensive process of creating its own set and will instead use the transportable production kit from the Swedish and Turkish versions of the show.

Managing director Michael Kelpie said it would be shipped in from Belgium and can be constructed to Potato’s specifications. “It fits together like Meccano,” he said, adding that members of the Belgian crew will provide production and health-and-safety expertise.

Kelpie secured the rights to the show, which was conceived in Japan, from US distributor Bellon Entertainment, and compared the format’s structure to The X Factor.

Early rounds of the mixedgender challenge gameshow feature a variety of contestants, including those cast for comic relief. But as the competition progresses, the challengers become increasingly serious as they bid to win the series.

Obstacles on the US version include the ultimate cliffhanger, double salmon ladder, metal spin, slider drop and half-pipe attack, while the final features challengers competing at Mount Midoriyama in Japan.

“There are slips and trips and falls, but it is not all played for laughs like Total Wipeout. The competition gets serious in the final rounds,” Kelpie said. “We have already had a huge number of applications to take part in the series.”

He added that the show delivers strong family viewing in the US, and should appeal to ITV’s Saturday night entertainment “heartland”.

Potato is yet to finalise deals for the UK presenters, but will take inspiration from the way BBC1’s Total Wipeout was hosted by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram.

ITV will hope that successfully importing the gameshow can help erase the spectre of Rising Star, which the commercial broadcaster pulled last year - months before it was due to go on air.

Kelpie said Ninja Warrior has a “proven track record”, having aired for six series on NBC, and has already established a UK fan base after being repeated on Sky channel Challenge. He said it tends to skew young and creates conversation on social media.



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It's surprising actually Germany has never done it as they have quite a few shows which air about half a dozen times a year over a few hours on a Saturday night - the original Ninja Warrior concept would fit into that ideally.



Not too suprising to be honest. Neither Wipeout nor the original Ninja Warrior (first season aired on two channels) have been a hit on German television. Wipeout did okay-ish. Strong start followed by a heavy drop in ratings below the channel average and average ratings for the final episode..

And that's the channel that would have been the best fit for Ninja Warrior - ProSieben. They might try it if it's a breakout-hit in the UK, otherwise probably not. They have Stefan Raab and Joko and Klaas, who host a variety of shows that originated from their late nights, they are doing fine with those shows.
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Importing the set? It's no wonder they've picked it up then. Must be really cheap in comparison to building a brand new course from scratch.

Taking inspiration from Washout? There's one major error from the off. emoticon

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The Turkey version has already aired: ]Ninja Warrior Turkey

Also is it being filmed indoors - Manchester Central is an arena. I guess they might have sufficient outdoor space for it but with the Manchester weather it would be understandable switching it to indoors. Would make the show feel quite different though.

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Apparently Ninja Warrior Turkey only has two stages(?). So if this version is going to be based on the same format then it's going to be rubbish.

Also, I can't see how it can work properly as a series. You're going to get numerous episodes full of exactly the same obstacles. They'll probably have to spend four or five episodes on just the first stage to make it stretch out to eight eps. A whole months worth of episodes showing the same course? emoticon
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A whole months worth of episodes showing the same course? emoticon



Well, it worked for Wipeout. At least one or two years..
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'Worked' is pushing it a bit. emoticon
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