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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR
Air Date: Monday, January 13, 2014
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on NBC
Episode Title: "USA VS. JAPAN"
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"NBC SPECIALS"

"AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR: USA VS. JAPAN"

01/13/2014 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : 'AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR' PRESENTS THE FIRST EVER INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AS 'TEAM USA' BATTLES AGAINST 'TEAM JAPAN' IN AN ACTION-PACKED TWO HOUR SPECIAL - HOSTED BY MATT ISEMAN AND AKBAR GBAJA BIAMILA WITH JENN BROWN CO-HOSTING - Five top American competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will compete against five of the most accomplished Japanese contenders from "Sasuke" in a high stakes battle for international dominance. Representing Team USA are Brian Arnold, Paul Kasemir, James McGrath, Travis Rosen and Brent Steffensen, who will compete against Team Japan's Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and two-time "Sasuke" Grand Champion Yuji Urushihara. Contestants will tackle all four stages of the Las Vegas "finals" course in a new head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another. In the end, the championship trophy and international bragging rights will go to the victors in this inaugural USA vs. Japan contest. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila host and Jenn Brown co-hosts. TV-PG

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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (NBC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
12/12/09 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (summer 2014)
TIME SLOT:
mondays from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
5 (15 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's sixth) on 7/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from NBC's press release, July 2014) As a sign of the prolific work being accomplished in the network's alternative division, NBC has given renewals to a 10th season of "America's Got Talent," a ninth season of "Last Comic Standing" and a fourth season of "American Ninja Warrior," which airs in partnership with Esquire Network. So far this summer, NBC is consistently generating the highest regular-program ratings among the Big 4 networks, and has won every week this summer among those nets in adults 18-49 excluding the two weeks when ABC carried NBA Finals basketball. "The renewal of these three series is evidence that we continue to hit our stride in delivering quality entertainment to a broad viewership," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "All of the hard-working talented people on these shows - both behind and in front of the camera - should feel very proud of their achievements."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Akbar Gbaja Biamila as Host
· Jenn Brown as Host
· Matt Iseman as Host
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Alison Haislip as Correspondent
· Angela Sun as Correspondent
· Jimmy Smith as Host
· Jonny Moseley as Host
CREW INFORMATION:
· Arthur Smith as EP (Season 2- )
· Craig Piligian as EP (Season 1)
· Holly Wofford as EP (Season 4- )
· Kent Weed as EP (Season 2- )
· Viki Cacciatore as EP (Season 4- )
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· A. Smith & Company Productions
· Lake Paradise Entertainment
· Pilgrim Studios