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ANW 14


ANW Nation has announced the season 14 taping locations (well, 2 of them but the clue for the other seems to blatantly suggest San Antonio, Texas: spinball wizard + only 1 clear)... and they've also announced pretty abruptly that today is ANW Nation's last day emoticon

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Thanks for posting that up. I’ve been checking my email periodically to see if they’ve messaged me but nothing so far - not that I expect anything given the circumstances and just the general improbability of me being chosen regardless.

I wish the show well as it’s meant a lot (sometimes a concerning amount…) to me, but I do think it’s time may be nearing a close - at least on NBC. I honestly think having only a few regions makes a huge difference and makes it less enjoyable. It’s also very sudden that they’ve closed the website, wonder why? Is it tied to the show in any way or is it just a (more frequently updated) fansite, like Keshi Heads?

Also, I think ANW is a great show in concept and I like that it can inspire any viewer and encourage anyone really to get some exercise. I also like that it basically allows a spot for everyone - doesn’t matter your age, job, even some disabilities, you can still get on there and compete. I think this new vaccine policy is a mistake and I don’t support that. As someone who has been advised multiple times by doctors (pediatrician and cardiologist) not to get the vaccine yet, I’m disappointed that they appear to be requiring it. I would take a covid test if they wanted that, but I can’t go against my feelings for (a small chance at) getting on TV. It hasn’t been used for the last two seasons (of course because in 2020 it didn’t exist and 2021 it was very early on); I don’t think it’s necessary now. And it’s polarizing.

Again, I hope the show will change that and if all the stars magically align I’d and I’m allowed in I’ll be beyond thrilled to compete. I also will be glad to have this thread to follow along with what’s happening as I’ll be curious even if I don’t watch it. Here’s to 2022 being an improvement for all.

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Calls are supposedly going out today. I’ll be on top of it. And that’s just the fahx.

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Well, they”re now in the middle of filming. I believe it’s from the 20-24, so perhaps five Qualifiers again? I wonder if it was five days last year? I feel like it was fewer, so hopefully this means fully unique courses this time if it’s a longer schedule than last year.

Still think this year they reeeeeeally could’ve and should’ve moved around the country, but what do I know. Maybe it has nothing to do with covid and it’s all budget/convenience now.

They will definitely be missing some bigger names this year. While I am still very adamantly against the vax requirement, I respect them a tiny bit more for sticking to their guns and not backing down when some people didn’t apply. I wish they would, but I respect them more for not wavering now that they’ve put it out there.

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We see it increasingly now with any show that used to audition nationwide that overtime as costs get cut they concentrate on often just one or two sites rather than taking advanatage of having a whole country to explore. 50 states, 5 locations a year - that should be enough to keep it interesting for at least a decade.


I'm guessing too that like Wipeout they either only cast in the vacinity of where they're filming or people have to fund their own travel and hotel arrangements for the first round at least.


I've not followed American Ninja Warrior at all really apart from dipping in here and there but it is certainly of an age where you'd expect it to be getting tired, and I actually think a show like this which does have regulars coming back time and time again can in it's later years find that more of a hindrance rather than a help. If you feel like you're watching the same series over and over again why bother.


That said though with shows seemingly revived really quickly after being axed I'm not sure it's worth NBC calling time yet - and in the current environment I suspect it might go to streaming on Peacock before going altogether, mainly as NBC know another streamer might pick it up. This is a series though where it could work as a combination of both - the initial rounds released on Peacock then the final stages broadcast on NBC as a special event.

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I absolutely agree with Brekkie here that moving from 6 different qualifying locations to one was going to happen with time. We already saw them plan to reduce it to three before the pandemic, and now they had an easy excuse to film in one location. Definitely much easier to film this way in every regard - filming during daytime in controlled lighting but no weather disruption and all heats getting filmed in a week without moving the course to multiple locations.

With regards to the competitors, they still come from all over the country and the network now actually pays for a night in a hotel, which they never used to do before the new approach to filming.
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Yeah, I think it’s on its way out as we know it, but it probably won’t be gone for long, if at all. It’s not quite as “cool” as it was about six years ago, but I think if it was dropped a lot of channels would scramble to pick it up still. Or maybe not, I dunno!

Well they definitely have regulars coming back, but they often skip the older people and focus on the newer stories. I actually criticize them for skipping the older people who did really well in the prior year. Also, how they treated Kaden last season - it made his success more of a surprise, but they should’ve only skipped one run if anything IMO. Still, better than being predictable.

The Peacock thing is a good idea, but it will make me a bit sad as I want regular TV to succeed. I miss the good old days of watching everything live (although most of the shows here still are I guess lol). It makes for better forum discussion too.

I’m not a fan of the show paying for travel. I’m not avidly against it, but it seems like they should be putting that toward other things instead to make the show itself more interesting. I’ve always been of the position that competing on/training for this show is a essentially a hobby (or basically something you do voluntarily). You reap the benefits of exercise, having fun, exposure and (possibly) the prize! What I really don’t like is the ninjas who were arguing that they should be paid - so the hotel thing just irks me a bit as it feels like a step toward that.

In some ways it feels like it’s gone from a fun lighthearted thing to a job for some people. The wanting money, having to be vaxxed now. I miss the days where a random father of three on the beach could walk up and decide to give it a go. Of course, that wasn’t going to last forever and I don’t blame the show for its own success, but it’s almost like people have gotten “too good” now that they’ve dedicated their life ti training. Some of these kids present a new issue for the show as they are a lot lighter so the show will have ti introduce crazy stuff to make it adequately difficult for them, which’ll make it nearly impossible for larger adults. Or just leave it as it is and accept more winners - I would not be shocked if they go for a yearly “Total Victory” now to garner more interest.

I’m still not supporting this season, but if they do come back for a 15th, I really hope they can come back strong and make it FUN! I read somewhere that NBC shows still operate on some covid rules so I think the travel issue may at least be attributable in part to that. Though probably not fully attributable since we saw in January 2020 they were going to eliminate regions anyway. Same being said for the vax requirement. I just want it to be normal.

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