WRESTLING LEGEND Hulk hogan TO Host THE RETURN OF POPULAR COMPETITION SERIES “AMERICAN GLADIATORS” COMING TO NBC MIDSEASON BURBANK – October 3, 2007 – Wrestling legend and television icon Hulk Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”) will flex his hosting muscle for NBC’s latest midseason primetime offering, the return of the competition series “American Gladiators.” The announcement was made today by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. “Hulk Hogan is an American icon," said Plestis. "For over twenty years he has been a symbol of strength and toughness in all facets of entertainment. His electrifying personality will no doubt inspire Herculean efforts from our everyday challengers. There is no one more qualified to host this program.” “Hulk Hogan is going to rock the American viewing public as the host of ‘American Gladiators,’” said “American Gladiators” executive producer and Reveille Managing Director Howard T. Owens. “This is the ultimate television vehicle for the ultimate action television star, The Hulk!” “Gladiator-mania is gonna be running wild, brother,” said Hogan. A former WWE Champion many times over, Hogan is one of the most well known wrestlers of all-time. Throughout the course of his extraordinary career, Hogan has accomplished things no other wrestler has. He is the only wrestler ever to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, he has headlined 10 WrestleManias and he’s starred in numerous major motion pictures. Most recently Hogan, along with his family, opened their home to the American public starring in the reality show “Hogan Knows Best” which documents their every day life. In 2005, Hogan’s illustrious career earned him an induction into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of fame by long time friend Sylvester Stallone. This show marks the first time Hogan has hosted a competition series. “American Gladiators,” the iconic event/competition show, returns with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games will be upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle. Celebrating the everyday, true American heroes -- weekend warriors who excel and take pride in their physical fitness -- contestants will go up against the show’s gladiators -- charismatic and eclectic warriors -- in the ultimate David & Goliath battle. As in MGM's traditional "American Gladiators" franchise, everyday amateur athletes compete against action stars and stunt professionals in contests of physical strength and endurance. The series will include such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator. The eight new gladiators (four men and four women) are action-adventure stars ready to take down the everyday challengers with hard knocks and explosive attitudes. Each challenger will also have a unique story to tell -- and a compelling reason why they need to win. These unsung heroes combine brawn and heart in their effort to be worthy competitors, which the audience can cheer for against the villainous gladiators. The new series will be produced by MGM Television (the original producers of the show) and Reveille (NBC’s “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser,” “Nashville Star,” “Ugly Betty”). Reveille's Mark Koops, Howard T. Owens and David Hurwitz (“Fear Factor”) are the executive producers. About Reveille: Founded in March 2002 by Ben Silverman (now Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios), Reveille is a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Reveille produces innovative entertainment programming across all television genres such as the award-winning shows “The Office” (NBC), which has received three Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, two Television Critics Association Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Peabody Award; “Ugly Betty” (ABC), winner of three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award as well as a Peabody Award, an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award; and “The Tudors” (Showtime), winner of two Emmy Awards. Reveille also produces “The Biggest Loser” (NBC); “Identity” (NBC); “House of Boateng” (Sundance Channel); “30 Days” (FX); “Blow Out” (Bravo); “Bound For Glory” (ESPN); “Nashville Star” (USA); “Date My Mom” (MTV); and “The Restaurant” (NBC). Reveille is the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms. In addition, Reveille distributes its growing library of programming, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide through Reveille International. The company also creates, acquires and develops a broad slate of diverse films through its feature film division, Reveille Motion Pictures. Reveille’s offices are located in Los Angeles.Stupid fools! Mr. T needs work!
Oct. 3, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Since they can't stand each other. Once again, the Mega Powers will explode. I'm just glad to see that Will Smith's sona and Jackie Chan won't be on this reimagining.
Oct. 3, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST
Or Rick Rude...oh wait, he's dead. Whattabout Owen Hart? Oh yeah, dead. Chris Beno...meh, nevermind.
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Hacksaw Duggen, Red Rooster, Ric Flair, Akeem, Koko Beware....??????
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
I honestly think I am the only one looking forward to this.
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
I won't watch it, but rock'fukin'on!
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
or did his heart explode!
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST
American Roidheads would be more like it, with Triple HGH as guest host!
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST
That's the real question
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST
by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World
He usually gets booed at constantly during his speeches for being an ignorant racist piece of shit. He legally changed his named to Warrior too. The DVD WWE put out him is hilarious.
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
can get a spot on Fox News. It could be like Hannity and Colmes with Brutus the Barber representing the left.
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST
by Pound Sand
*** RIPS SHIRT TO SHREDS ***
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST
by a goonie
Seriously. It's going to be silly as hell, but so was the original American Gladiators, which I fucking loved as a kid. Hogan is certainly a pretty hilarious dude in front of a camera and his over-the-top personality is a perfect fit for a show like this. I'm surprised I'm so excited for this, but what the fuck! This is gonna be great. In a silly way.
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST
I'm still wating for the day when we have guys fight to the death again.
Oct. 3, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST
That hit the spot! Let's bring out TURRRR-BBOOOOOO!!!!!!! Now, if they can just get Ventura to appear as Captain Freedom, the circle will be complete.
Oct. 3, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST
I love it!
Oct. 3, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST
by Lance Rock
how about a reality show where former wrestlers live in a treehouse?
Oct. 3, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST
by Terry the geek
I even owned the video game on the NES. I will watch the new incarnation as well. They need to use the original musical theme though! It was bitchin'!
Oct. 3, 2007, 5:39 p.m. CST
In the one talkback that encourages Hulk Hogan jokes, I can't think of any. Fuck.
Oct. 3, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST
That chick was the hottest female Galdiator. But really I think all those roid chicks were bull dykes.
Oct. 3, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST
by Quin the Eskimo
Is there such a thing? (thats not a Holly Bibble school) ?
Oct. 3, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST
The Iron Shiek is going to humble you, Herc. The Old Country Way. And I hope Lex Luger is a sideline reporter. Hulk: "Is he ready for the next competition, brother?" Luger: "I don't knooooooooow!"
Oct. 3, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST
dead serious. i loved old american gladiators. bring back czonka!
Oct. 3, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST
Dennis Rodman. Merton Hanks. Tie Domi. Raphy Palmiero. Talk about ratings.
Oct. 3, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Will he be bringing mayonaise sandwiches to my double wide also? Maybe some meth, too?
Oct. 3, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST
i cant wait.
Oct. 3, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST
Yeah, that's awesome.
Oct. 3, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST
by Chewbaccalypse Now
They should totally model it after Running Man. For the finale, they should be dropped in LA's Industrial district and have to solve clues and riddles and physical "face-off's" against the Gladiators. "Where's Buzzsaw?" "He had to split."
Oct. 3, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST
by Mullah Omar
Seriously, THIS is the sort of thing that makes for a good remake. I never got the impression that the original was a huge hit - and I wouldn't call it a "classic" - but everyone knew about it, and it was fun to watch as a kid. The bottom line is that this is not art - for this to be a worthwhile remake, it just has to be entertaining for kids. The fact that Hogan is involved means that a bunch of adults will tune in, too, and maybe there's a father/son dynamic at play. Really, I think this show sounds like a great idea.
Oct. 3, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST
Totally loved this as a kid and on ESPNClassic. Oh wait. It's still on, isn't it. Well, fuck it. I still love it. Maybe it'll take over for Bionic Woman.
Oct. 3, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST
You're bald Brother! Quit wearing those rags on your head for god sakes. You look like some one glued a napkin on your head.
Oct. 3, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST
That show was ahead of its time. Might actually be pretty good. They should dig up 'Siren' I wonder what she's up to these days...
Oct. 3, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
More Bush, more Iraq, more American Gladiators...
Oct. 3, 2007, 11:18 p.m. CST
by Chewbaccalypse Now
I heard Siren did some fetish porn. It's like a snuff/porno sub-culture. There's this movie where she squeezes a guys head in her thighs while he licks her flavius maximus and when she comes, she cracks his skull wide open!
Oct. 3, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST
I loved this show when I was a kid. I remember Larry Czonka and all the events. Not all the names though.
Oct. 3, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST
yeah? I was going to make some joke about her doing weird porn stuff now... Funny. Just seemed like it might have been her career path. <p> Anyway bring her on! Sarah Kozer can co-host.
Oct. 4, 2007, 12:39 a.m. CST
Ahhhh let the memories flow.... i fraggin loved American Gladiators (and I'm canadian). And I used to watch The Huckster (lol for those that get the nickname) all the time as a kid and yes as an adult too. I never watched too much of 'Knows Best, but a big wrestling fan. Remake could be great or could be crap but I'll check it out. http://tinyurl.com/2kbfls http://tinyurl.com/34qohn
Oct. 4, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST
its a sad day when the best the new season brings is crappy reality tv and remakes of 3rd rate series.
Oct. 4, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Bless you for remembering. <p> RIP Bill.
Oct. 4, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
is says why the fuck did I get involved with this.
Oct. 4, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST
Oh I mean say your prayers and take your vitamins. Will the Junkyard Dog make a guest appearance? What about Hillbilly Jim?
Oct. 4, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST
If you wanted to check them out. Man they look dated but still fun to watch the Eliminator and other shit like that
Oct. 4, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST
Should be a lot of fun. I always loved the show, and they can really make some interesting challenges. I'd like to see a parkour take on the AG. I'd add this to my Tivo right now if I could!
Oct. 4, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST
No reason Hillbilly Jim couldn't show up, though. I think they should have Hogan face off against Zeus in a few special events.
Oct. 4, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST
I'll never forgive for what he did to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat!
Oct. 6, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST
March 16, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST
If only she didn't possess a man's voice. And overly masculine body.
June 12, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST
I'm sorry, but this show is addictive. Love the inanity!