‘American Ninja Warrior’ tapes season in COVID-19 bubble in St. Louis

'American Ninja Warrior' tapes season in COVID-19 bubble in St. Louis

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” needed to deal with its personal difficult impediment course to finish a season interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

First, the fact competitors needed to ship house contestants gathered in Los Angeles because it canceled qualifying rounds when leisure manufacturing shut down in March. 4 months later, it filmed a reconfigured season indoors in St. Louis, then needed to edit out final yr’s champ, Drew Drechsel, after he was arrested on federal child-sex-related expenses two weeks after taping completed.

The ultimate outcomes of the unplanned “Ninja” change in course might be on show beginning with Monday’s Season 12 premiere (eight EDT/PDT). Nevertheless, USA TODAY readers can get a sneak peek at the primary section of the season opener, together with unique images from a contest bubble arrange indoors at St. Louis’ Dome at America’s Middle, the previous house of the NFL’s Rams. 

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Producers redesigned the season right into a shorter contest, dropping regional qualifying rounds and letting favorites from previous competitions choose two picks every to affix them as a part of the 150-person discipline. “Ninja” taped its whole season within the dome from July 14 to 23, forsaking the normal Las Vegas finale.

“Ninja” is one among many actuality TV competitions that resumed manufacturing over the summer season, with changes to observe new COVID-19 well being and security protocols.  NBC’s “America’s Acquired Expertise” is again after overhauling its reside exhibits and CBS’ “Large Brother” and “Love Island” premiered quarantined new seasons in August. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and Fox’s “The Masked Singer” plan new seasons subsequent month. 

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The shortened Season 12 of “Ninja” consists of eight two-hour episodes that includes  50 of the competitors’s high performers, every of whom chosen two extra athletes to run the course alongside them.

Within the finals, the highest eight contestants will race head-to-head on the Energy Tower, with the winner receiving $100,000, quite than the $1 million prize of earlier years.

The present, hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, required COVID-19 exams for  rivals and crew earlier than they might enter the dome. 

Family and friends normally seen cheering close to the course weren’t allowed within the dome, however are proven watching reside from their houses as rivals navigate the course.


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