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Pour a 40 on the Ground for G4

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

G4 is officially dead.  Long live G4!  For many of us watching Sasuke reruns and the first 3 seasons of ANW on G4 is the nostalgic root of our ninja passions.  This death has been slow and confusing (Esquire Network, were you ever really G4?), so let’s all give G4 a tip of our hat and pour a 40 on the ground in remembrance of an old friend officially passing.

Hit LIKE if G4 was a ninja and geeky delight for you, it was for me (I miss Olivia Munn and Alison Hayslip).

G4NBC Pulls the Plug on G4

“According to a statement that NBCUniversal Cable sent to the remaining providers still carrying the G4 channel, the company announced that the network will come to an end on November 30. In 2013, there was talk that NBCUniversal would rebrand G4 as the Esquire network, but ended up launching it on Style, instead.”

Same Ninja Blog, New Ninja Channel

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Welcome to the new domain home ( of my American Ninja Warrior blog which I’ve been writing since 2010.  My intent is to continue telling my story as a long-time fan and 4-time competitor in American Ninja Warrior, and to serve as a resource for both competitors and fans alike for news and articles related to the show.  I’ve been proud to own the domain and have my blog there since the beginning of the show, and plan to continue that spirit here at my new domain.   I’m voluntarily transferred the domain to the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) because TBS owns the trademark for American Ninja Warrior (the terms of the transfer are confidential)

The hardest thing about moving my blog to a new domain is the great loss of readers who might not be able to find me.  This new domain will be nowhere in the search engine results for quite some time, and fans and competitors who were accustomed to going straight to to read my blog will have no way to easily find me now.  I’m also sad to have lost the great comments and discussions connected to many of my posts.  Time to build this from the ground anew, but I need your help!

If you are a fan of my blog, or even just the show, could I ask you to either “Like” or “Share” this article via your Facebook account, or even Tweet it?  Those social actions will help my blog get found by both fans of the show and by search engines again.  Even better, if you have a website or blog yourself with an interest in American Ninja Warrior, obstacle courses, parkour, or related topics, please consider putting a link on your site to this blog.

Thanks for your support, and I appreciate what you can do to help me build back up the community of fans and competitors that this blog previously enjoyed when at the domain!


Summer Schedule for American Ninja Warrior 5

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

NBC has announced the summer debut and schedule for American Ninja Warrior 5. The show is set to kick off on Monday July 1st with a special two-hour show from 8-10 pm ET. The next week American Ninja Warrior will settle into its regular time-slot for the summer on Monday nights from 8-9 pm ET. Unfortunately this summer it will not benefit from following NBC’s smash show America’s Got Talent.

The newly named Esquire Network (formerly G4) will also be airing American Ninja Warrior 5 this summer. Apparently it will follow the same structure as last season, meaning the opening round of a given region will air on Sunday night on Esquire, and then the finals for that region will air the next night on NBC. With only 4 regions this season, as opposed to 6 last year, I suppose this means they will have more episodes covering the national finals in Vegas (4 instead of 2) in order to achieve an 8 week summer season.

Long-time host and favorite Matt Iseman will be returning, and former NFL player and sports analyst Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network) will replace Jonny Moseley as c0-host alongside Matt Iseman. Two-time Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Jenn Brown (ESPN) will serve as a co-host as well, providing on-the-spot commentary and competitor interviews, replacing Angela Sun.

G4 Rebrands as Esquire Network, Keeping American Ninja Warrior

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Yesterday it was announced by NBCUniversal that starting April 22, 2013, G4 will be rebranded as “Esquire Network” to be the “the only television network aimed at the full, multi-faceted lives of today’s modern men.” This will be a joint venture between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines which owns the Esquire brand and property. “There is a vastly under-served audience in cable TV – today’s modern man – and by joining forces with Esquire, we will deliver a multi-platform experience to this upscale, engaged, passionate audience, one that widens the aperture beyond G4’s technology and gaming base,” said General Manager Adam Stotsky to whomever was listening.

American Ninja Warrior, the top-rated program on G4, will return for its fifth season to air this summer on Esquire Network and NBC. Presumably this means that the structure of American Ninja Warrior 4 will be replicated for American Ninja Warrior 5, meaning the opening round of the competition being shown on G4…er…Esquire Network, with the Regional Finals (or whatever equivalent they have this year) and the National Finals airing on NBC, and then the whole thing airing on perpetual repeat on Esquire Network.

New American Ninja Warrior 4 Compilation Episodes to Air in February on NBC

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Wow, I wasn’t expecting this. The ninja world is still buzzing from the recent confirmation by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt that they will air American Ninja Warrior 5 this summer, and now this unexpected bomb. Admittedly, this comes from one single source (, which is a fairly reliable source, so I have yet to “double-confirm” this, but I’m just a blogger so I’m going to post it anyway! [NOTE: This has now been confirmed by multiple sources]

Supposedly, allegedly, NBC is going to invest further in the American Ninja Warrior franchise by airing 8 new 1-hour compilation episodes of last season’s American Ninja Warrior 4 – including some tantalizing “never-before-seen-footage” – on Saturday nights at 8:00/7:00c beginning February 2nd. These episodes will be distilled from the 27 hours of episodes that composed ANW4 (13 on G4, 14 on NBC). Set your DVRs ninja bitches!