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Buh-Bye Titan, Wolf & Hellga!! NBC’s AMERICAN GLADIATORS Has Scaled Its Last Cargo Net!!

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While "Wipeout" and its giant red balls are bringing monster numbers to ABC (it will serve as counterprogramming during and after NBC's Super Bowl telecast), the Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd says NBC has quietly cancelled “American Gladiators” thanks to its plummeting summer ratings. He also reports that we’ll never get that fourth installment of CBS’ “EliteXC Saturday Night Fights” and that ABC’s “According To Jim” will probably be gone for good as well after fresh episodes air this summer. Read all of Hibberd’s story on stealthfully cancelled TV shows here.

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  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    There Is A God!!

    by thelordofhell

    First

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Thank Fucking Christ.

    by OBSD

    That is all.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    OMG, Hogan is in trouble!!!

    by Literarywanderer

    How will Hulk afford to pay for his and Linda's incest stand-in love slaves without this pay check?

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Whatever.

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Hollywood Yates was very entertaining. He started hearing Dylan a little when he wore the fangs in the second season, however. And Gina Carano was the hottest female Gladiator ever.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    And...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Carano could totally play Wonder Woman in a movie.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    no great losses there.......

    by j2talk

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Start the letter writing campaign!

    by fishpillow

    According to Jim MUST BE SAVED!

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    According to Jim finally cancelled? Praise be to Allah!

    by Xiphos_2

    How the fuck that show lasted for however long it did is a mystery. I'm thinking the producers had pictures of studio executives dressed in female clothing going down on goats.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Gina Carano

    by Alientoast

    Gina was pretty much the only reason I would tune in every now and again. Part of the problem with the show is that it seemed far too scripted for a supposedly unscripted reality show. That and IMO it needed a harder edge. And more Gina Carano doing scissor leg holds <3

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Damn where will I fill my silver fetish now?

    by Stormwatcher

    Seriously, I love me some buff ladies in silver clothing. Its like Ground Zero fetish for me. Dammit! All joking aside, what now?

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Amen Alientoast!

    by br1947

    Gina Carano >= HOT!<br><br>She's gotta be kinda down between Gladiators and EliteXC folding, but hopfully she'll pop-up again soon.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    "American Gladiatiors" was a fun show.

    by vic twenty

    It was exactly what it tried to be, a fun summer series about people running through obstacles courses while giants tried to squash them. If you find something wrong with that, sucks to be you. It is not like this was keeping something GOOD from being broadcast.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Lord John Whorfin, you too!

    by br1947

    Play Wonder Woman? She's pretty much as close to the real thing as you can get, her MMA stuff is actually kinda frightening...

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Carano in Contender: Thailand

    by vic twenty

    about a bunch of chicks Thai boxing was a fun show, too. I'm not sure if that was actually the title, but my wife found it on Oxygen, maybe? She was a coach after winning the first season. Someone will find something for her to do. A hot chick that can actually kick your ass?? Too good to pass up.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Too bad.

    by David Cloverfield

    It was fun. Very American fun. We like this stuff in Europe.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Elite XC is old news

    by BigDogg

    the company shut down days after the disaster that happened last time where their cash cow Kimbo Slice got exposed as a fraud on national TV and the guy who beat him came out and said that he was offered money by the company to not try his best in the fight by keeping it standing instead of bringing submissions into it as striking was supposedly Kimbo's stong suit

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    American Gladiators Survivor

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Now I'll never get to see Survivor: Cook Islands' Ozzie compete as an American Gladiator. I'll bet he would have kicked all kinds of ass on The Eliminator.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Titan as Doc Samson

    by Jonas Grumpy

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If Mike O'Hearn isn't going to play The Mighty Thor, he should play Doc Samson. <BR><BR>That is all.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Back to gay porn for the cast....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    That's how the mop flops!

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Well, that took care of that

    by DatoMan413

    AG was entertaining until some of the Gladiators got their ass handed to them by guys half their size. They talked too much, and after a while the whole schtick got redundant.<br><br>And that fat referee? That guy was a riot! It looked like that fat zebra was practicing his lines before and tried out new stances - Are the contenderssss... READY?! HEH! LMAO! Give that guy a freakin' show!<br><br>Now Gina, and that Phoenix chic, oh yeah, that will work.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    Bill Hicks Is Pleased.

    by christian66

    Somewhere.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    never saw more than 5 min. maybe, but...

    by crankyoldguy

    made the originals look like Thespians. Of course, I knew some of those originals and they were self-effacing off the tube.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    or American Gladiators Vs...

    by crankyoldguy

    Actual Bikers in a bar. Bikers take down the muscleheads in a few minutes then kick them in their steroid-filled kidneys for good measure.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    That's what they get for screwing up Assault and Hang Tough

    by Cash907

    I loved the original because the Gladiators weren't overtly gay, and the events were actually difficult. Why NBC felt the need to fuck up the tried and true formula is beyond me, but it's no surprise the damn thing tanked. And I liked it better when the announcers were seen and not heard. There is something wrong when the damn play by play people are getting more face time then the actual events themselves. I had that exact same problem with the last winter Olympics. They'd spend 4 minutes showing this behind the scenes montage of the athlete, only to have them DQ right out of the gate or get their hat's handed to them by the competition.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    WHAT?!?! WHY?!?!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    TRAVESTY!

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Wipeout

    by Series7

    Was fucking AWESOME! Too bad Gladiators is over, now that guy can go play Captain America.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 8:41 p.m. CST

    AKA

    by Timahh

    God deems man worthy. holds off on apocalypse.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    christian66...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..I was just thinking the same thing.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    NO! NOT ACCORDING TO JIM!!!

    by hillvalley

    Where will I get my "Honey, did you leave the toilet seat up?" humor from? Because men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and I need a show that reinforces these stereotypes in the broadest way possible!

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Somewhere a steroid pusher is weeping.

    by Bob Cryptonight

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Vic Twenty...

    by xsi kal

    The reality show Gina was in was called Fight Girls. Kind of the female version of the UFC's Ultimate Fighter show, except the participants were there strictly for muay thai.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    This is sad news!

    by Eyegore

    I loved the new American gladiators. I hope it can move into syndication or something with new episodes. Wolf and Titan were great showmen, especially Wolf. Crush and Helga were awesome and I'd love to get into a love sandwich between them. So sad.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    speaking of Gina & Fight Girls

    by Bloo

    I work in a hotel and i was visiting with a MMA guy who was staying here who told me to watch an upcoming UFC Ultimate Fighter season to be entirly female based as theye are trying to devolp a female divison<P>don't know the truth to that, but I could see it happening now that she is off AG

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Bloo

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    UFC owners have said they won't do female MMA because there is not a big enough market. Too bad for Gina, because she was a female OLEG.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    For A Moment There . . .

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Gladiators took me back to the early 90s. It's not a travesty but it was a nice stroll down memory lane. It should've stuck with the summer slot.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    BREAKING NEWS

    by ArcadianDS

    'filler show' hastily thrown together amid writer's strike doesn't get renewed.<p> Witnesses reportedly shocked and surprised by this development.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Ian wright...

    by emeraldboy

    is the most annoying twat on UK tv. RTE have the best football panel. and apres match. The euro 2008 campaign was the best ever. go to www.youtube.com and search for apres match.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    sky tv brought back gladiators for UK...

    by emeraldboy

    when one of your female characters is called battleaxe time to throw in the towel.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    The new uk gladaitors...

    by emeraldboy

    is so bad. when the critics saw it. they suggested that maybe they should put pirahnas in to the swimming pool to make it more fun.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Now they'll have time

    by spkinbote

    to go to Japan and be wickedly humbled by Ninja Warrior (the REAL toughest course on tv).

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    People running up the treadmil @ the end was gold

    by TallBoy66

    I think in the old American Gladiators, they used to have to run the treadmill uphill at the start of the Eliminator while they were still a bit fresh. This one was just a clusterfuck at the end and NOBODY could get up it at all. Say what you will about the show and it's degrading effect upon society and all, but people falling down uphill and sliding back to the bottom and having to do it again and again while totally exhausted was AWESOME!

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOO

    by grklevendis

    American Gladiators wasn't great.. but it was fun and way better than the crap they have on now anyway! KEEP IT!

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    When Hulk Hogan's horrible interviewing

    by Samuel Fulmer

    skills are the highlight of your show, you know it's in trouble.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Good Riddance to According to Jim

    by GeorgieBoy

    That should needed to be canceled after the first episode.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Nooooooo!

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Gina Carano was the bees knees and all of the guy Gladiators were hilarious. So much for women doing athletic things in prime time -- even ridiculous AG stunts were better than nothing. Maybe it will go back to Saturday mornings.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Would have gotten at least another season if they had kept the f

    by TheSecondQuest

    The fanfare was the reason I tuned in as a kid to the first show, why they'd abandon it I have no idea. Dunt-Dunt-Dunt-Dunt-DAHHH dadadadaaa Dunt-Dunt-Dunt-Dunt-DAHHH dadadadaaa DAH-DAH-DAH-D-DAH-D-DAHHHH....

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    American What?......

    by closeencounter

    ??????????

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Little in-breds everywhere weep at the loss of Gladiators...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Drive past any trailer park and you'll hear the sobs.

  • Dec. 23, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Its a sad Christmas

    by Charlie_Allnut

    i honestly thought According to Jim was canceled like ten years ago. Wow. The best part of AG was that they didn't update the format, obstacles, costumes or anything from twenty years ago. Just carted the stuff out of storage and hired gay porn actors.

  • Dec. 24, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    THERE IS NOW NO REASON TO WATCH NBC!!!!

    by RickSlamu2

    Knut Rider sucks, Scrubs left, NOW THIS!!! MAN MIGHT AS WELL CALL IT THE SNL NETWORK!

  • Dec. 24, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Hellllgaaaaaaaaa!

    by teedadawg

    (sniff)

  • Dec. 24, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    How can a loving god allow this to happen?

    by Manatee

  • Dec. 24, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    journeyman

    by Mr_X

    FUCK YOU NBC!

  • Dec. 28, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    The show didn't have enough padding to protect the...

    by Leafar the Lost

    ...contestants. Yes, it looked like every square inch of the set was covered in red, white, and/or blue padding, but if you look at the tapes again (and again) you will see that there were parts of the set where there was no padding at all! If the set had more padding, and if the contestants were reguired to wear protection from head to toe, then maybe NNC could have saved the show. What a loss...

  • Dec. 28, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Noooooo! American Gladiators!

    by JoeSixPack

    NBC sucks for canceling this.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I am going to miss Militia's Phyne Cuban ass

    by DallasGoodbar

    That man should go back to showing off that gorgeous body in gay porn like he did with Colt studios years ago.