"Team Ninja Warrior" is a reality competition spin-off series on USA Network that takes the physics-defying obstacle course series "American Ninja Warrior" to an entirely new level. The first season originally aired on Esquire Network before moving to USA Network for Season 2.

Hosted by former NFL player and sports analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila and comedian Matt Iseman, "Team Ninja Warrior" features some of the greatest ninja competitors from past seasons of "American Ninja Warrior."

For the first time in ninja history, the mother of all obstacle courses is now built for two. Each episode features competitors racing head-to head in a newly designed, but equally punishing, dual running course that incorporates speed, superhuman agility, skill and strategy.

The top ninjas from around the country will form 24 squads of three for an epic team-to-team race against the clock, and each other. The competitor's endurance and speed will be time-tested in three brutal rounds of obstacle course runs. From leaping off the "Sonic Rope," to tackling the "Flying Shelf Grab," scrambling down the "Double Jump Hang," and racing up the redesigned "Dual Warped Wall," the teams with the fastest cumulative times in each episode will advance to the finale where only one team will be crowned champions.

The teams will feature top performers from previous seasons of "American Ninja Warrior" including Geoff Britten, the first person to ever defeat the course; Brent Steffensen, a six-year Ninja veteran, "The Mighty" Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman to reach the "American Ninja Warrior" finals, who became a social media phenomenon with her finals run being viewed over nine million times, and other top contestants such as Flip Rodriguez, Brian Arnold, Joe Moravsky, Jessie Graff, Kevin Bull and Lance Pekus. All competitors will be running, jumping, vaulting and rolling through an amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course, vying for a big cash prize and even bigger bragging rights.

"Team Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "Unsung," "Ellen's Design Challenge"), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. Based on the "American Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.


Network: USA Network
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 19, 2016
Seasons: 2
Production Company: A. Smith & Co. Productions

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