Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Hill: Teen ‘Gladiators’

Ryan Seacrest

Due to the current popularity of American Gladiators, producers just couldn’t help themselves. MGM today announced plans to bring back Gladiators 2000, a 90’s incarnation of American Gladiators with teenagers and Ryan Seacrest instead of lumpy, large adults and Hulk Hogan.

MGM is offering 39 half-hour episodes of “Gladiators 2000” at NATPE for a fall 2008 launch in syndication.

“The series offers stations a unique alternative to weekend (i.e., educational) programming, and with the current success of the new NBC version of ‘Gladiators,’ it’s a great fit,” MGM Worldwide Television co-president Jim Packer said.

Added “Gladiators” executive producer and original series creator Johnny Ferraro: “It took almost eight years to get the first ‘American Gladiators’ on television but only a few months to get ‘Gladiators 2000’ on the air because of the tremendous popularity of the original series. Bringing the show back for today’s hard-to-reach audience is a wonderful initiative. [THR]

No word yet on whether Ryan Seacrest will return to host this show, adding to his ever-growing list of 27 TV and radio jobs (seriously! when does this guy sleep?!).

Interesting tidbit: Did you know that the show’s original co-host, Pamela Adlon, went on to become the voice of Bobby Hill on King of the Hill?

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