Oh, man. The show that best combined ridiculous "technology" with over-the-top "athleticism," American Gladiators, is coming back to TV. Yes, NBC is resurrecting the early-'90s classic, a show that many of us grew up on. If you weren't scared of Nitro when you were a kid, you're a bigger man than I. This could easily be an epic disaster, but I'd like to think that it'll be completely awesome and I'll enjoy it just as much as I did when I was 10. Bring on the tennis ball launchers and giant Q-tips! [Variety via Dlisted]
I remember the first time I saw it, at its debut. I had taken two hits of acid 8 hours earlier that night, and was hanging out with my girlfriend at a friend's house, slowly coming back to normal when this whacked-out show came on with "contestants" competing against spandex-clad "gladiators" in some kind of over-produced schlocktastic neo-orwellian pseudo-gym. It was a bit like tuning into "Running Man", only without Richard Dawson. Until I saw it the next weekend, I swore up and down that I'd had one of the strangest hallucinations ever. The. Show. Sucked. Stopped dropping acid shortly after that. Musta been some kind of subliminal anti-drug message in there. It worked. Damn show was good for something, I guess.