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"American Ninja Warrior" is a heart-racing competition series that airs on both NBC and Esquire Network. Matt Iseman returns to the show as host with former NFL player Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network). Jenn Brown (ESPN) will serve as co-host.

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle the world's most difficult obstacle courses in qualifying and finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete a course in each city move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.

Season 7

This season the series will travel to four cities in search of the ultimate athlete — Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver and Miami — before heading to Las Vegas. Men and women from all walks of life will vie for the title of "American Ninja Warrior," including school teachers and firemen, current and former members of the military, amateur sports enthusiasts and even a few Olympic gold medalists.

This year, the competition features a newly revised format for each city's qualifying and finals courses. In order to guarantee a spot in the national finals, competitors must successfully complete the finals course in their respective city. From there, competitors will travel to Las Vegas and earn the chance to win the title of "American Ninja Warrior," along with the $500,000 grand prize.

The series will premiere this summer and air weekly on Esquire Network and then NBC on consecutive days — with original episodes on each network. Based on the global hit "Sasuke," from the Tokyo Broadcast System, the original series is in production for its 28th season and only three contestants have completed the course.

Season 8

This season the show will make stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia before heading to Las Vegas and partaking on the stunning four-stage obstacle course known as Mt. Midoriyama. In last season's photo finish, professional rock climber Isaac Caldiero successfully finished the course and scaled the Stage 4 rope climb in 26.14 seconds, beating out fellow competitor Geoff Britten, who had reached the summit moments before, with a time of 29.65 seconds.

"American Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "Pros vs. Joes") along with Lake Paradise Entertainment's Holly Wofford and Viki Cacciatore.

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Network: Esquire/NBC
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: December 12, 2009
Seasons: 8
Production Company: A. Smith & Co. Productions

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