In speaking with my sister, Shelly last night in our first of many future spontaneous and completely unpurposeful phone conversations, I was pleased to learn something new through her. NBC, that master of television networks, has decided to air a select few of their new American Gladiators shows online! Wonder of wonders!
I decided to check them out for you, to give you some idea of what is available, and to see if they have the episode I’d written about earlier here. Well, they do – it’s episode 1, part 2 on the NBC website. True, there are the typical ads you have to sit through before getting to the real grist of the show, but there are always other things to do while you wait to get past them. Me, I’m writing this blog as I wait for another episode to load. And this way you can avoid the ads unlike watching the show while it plays on TV.
Anyway, they have nights 1 – 4 online, if you need to get your dose of Gladiators some evening or weekend. Or if you have a very relaxed work environment. I think it’s really a good plan on the part of NBC – not only are they enticing viewers to watch further episodes each week, since not all are available online, but they’ve really reworked the gladiator show well, to make it more of a cumulative contest where people move on to future stages by winning. And Hulk Hogan really is an awesome MC to have. Not only does he have the machismo from his wrestling career, but he has those acting skills garnered from the hit TV show, Hogan Knows Best. And let’s not forget those early action movies that combined both machismo AND acting skills – Suburban Commando, and the not-to-be-slighted Mr. Nanny in the same vein.
Since I’ve gone through the second season of Pretender with Mike completely, it’s feels really good to know I have the Gladiators just there, waiting for me, should I need them.