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NBC Kicks Off Summer Shows Sans ‘Ninja Warrior’?

The Titan Games

For years now, NBC has dominated Summer television viewing with hit shows like America’s Got Talent, World of Dance and last summer the network added Dwayne Johnson’s show, The Titan Games. But what appears to be missing on the schedule this year is American Ninja Warrior. One can only assume that it has been put on hold due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but there isn’t much information to find on the subject. However, here is what we do know and what to look forward to this summer.

(l-r) Cari Champion, Dwayne Johnson, Alex Mendez (Hiram Garcia/NBC)

The Titan Games

Inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential for greatness, The Titan Games gives men and women across the country the opportunity to step inside the Titan arena and achieve the impossible,” says NBC. Competitors push their bodies to the limit by battling opponents in unforgiving head-to-head challenges, designed by Johnson. Winners advance to the ultimate challenge of Mt. Olympus, the consummate athletic test of speed, strength, agility and endurance.

Season 2 of the show has a few new changes in store. “This season of The Titan Games is going to be even bigger than last season,” says Johnson. “We created an incredible new Titan arena with new insane challenges, and we’ve gone out and selected some of the fiercest competitors we’ve ever seen. For the first time ever, our everyday Titans will go head to head with elite athletes from the Olympics, NFL, UFC and beyond to compete for Titan glory. All of these men and women are true athletes and competitors who give it their all in the Titan arena.”

Those new elite athletes include two-time Olympic gold-medal winning and current undisputed boxing world champion Claressa Shields, NFL Iron Man Legend and 10x Pro-Bowler Joe Thomas, Super Bowl champion Victor Cruz, Olympic gold-medal winning snowboarder Hannah Teter, professional stunt woman and American Ninja Warrior star Jessie Graff, and five-time UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

In addition to the new Professional Athlete Titans, this all new season of The Titan Games includes completely new elements to the competition including a brand-new Titan arena, Mount Olympus and never-before-seen challenges alongside returning favorites.

The Titan Games premieres with a two-hour episode on Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

(l-r) Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell (Trae Patton/NBC)

America’s Got Talent

While the beginning of the season for America’s Got Talent will look the same for the first few weeks, the 14th season of the show will have a decidedly new look as the season goes on. NBC was fortunate enough to be able to to tape a number of audition shows before COVID-19 took over. Hopefully America will have a handle on all this in time for the live shows.

But the bigggest news for AGT is something you probabaly already know – actress Sofia Vergara is this season’s new judge along with the return of Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell. Ironically, all of America’a Got Talent judges are from other countries. (I’m not making a statement here, just an observation. I love all of these guys.) This season will once again be hosted by Terry Crews.

“We are so proud to present a 15th season of America’s Got Talent this summer,” said Cowell, who also serves as executive producer. “This show represents the best in perseverance, creativity and optimism. At a time when families are unable to go out we really hope the new season will bring some much-needed joy and escape.”

America’s Got Talent begins season 14 of the show on Tuesday, May 26 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

(l-r) Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough (Andrew Eccles/NBC)

World of Dance

Things will also look a little different for World of Dance this time around. For the four season of the hit dance competition series, World of Dance is presenting some new format changes and surprises. However, what isn’t changing is the judges which include Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO. Scott Evans is returning as the show’s host too.

The series gives dancers the platform to showcase their talents for the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and the title of best dancer in the world.

“I’m so excited World of Dance is back this summer with a new crop of incredible dancers,” said Lopez, who also serves as executive producer. “On our show we always say that dance is the universal language. It brings us all together, which I think is something we all need during these challenging times.”

World of Dance premieres on Tuesday, May 26 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

(Main Image: NBC)

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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