Posts Tagged ‘Esquire Network’

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.