Casting calls for the D.C. region have begun

David Becker/NBC Two Qualifying regions will tape in this location, so expect quite a few calls. The phones are ringing once again! The Los Angeles region of American Ninja Warrior will tape in just about two weeks. That means the casting producers have moved on to the next location: Washington, D.C. on April 6, 7, 11, and 12. It seems the first calls went out on Monday afternoon, February 24. We don’t have too many confirmed Ninjas just yet. Things got underway with a boom when Ninja Warrior superstar Joe Moravsky took to social media to say he got the […]

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Here’s the behind-the-scenes scoop on Ninja Warrior’s move indoors

Matthew Hayward/NBC We spoke with Kristen Stabile, the show’s Executive in Charge of Production. Let’s take this inside. American Ninja Warrior will record four of the five Season 12 qualifying regions at indoor locations. Historically, the show is filmed overnight and outdoors, with runs starting after 8pm and taking place until the sunrise disturbs the show’s lighting, sometime around 5am. This season’s change reshapes the taping schedule and format. We had a feeling this shift was coming. We saw the show give it a try during season 11 when the Seattle/Tacoma region was filmed indoors at the Tacoma Dome. While […]

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What’s the Power Tower match up of your dreams?

Lara Solanki/NBC What if the regions we’re used to don’t matter this season… We just had a thought. With American’s Ninja Warrior’s new taping format this season, more Ninjas than ever will be at each Qualifying location. There will be two Qualifying “regions” taped in both Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, MO. But then you think about it… What would stop production from mixing up the batch of competitors we’re used to seeing in each pool? For example, we’re going to assume most of the East Coast Ninjas are heading to D.C. But that would mean they COULD mix the […]

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What terms would you put in the American Ninja Warrior glossary?

David Becker/NBC What do you find yourself explaining to other people about the show? Every American Ninja Warrior fan had to start somewhere. We all remember those first few episodes that had us fascinated and hooked, ready for more. But there is a learning curve to watching American Ninja Warrior. At first, you’re not quite sure what the difference is between a Qualifier and a City Final. Why is Vegas such a big deal? And why the HECK did that Ninja get disqualified for having his shirt touch the water? As avid fans, these terms become second nature to us. […]

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ANW Jr team discuss the new season and Matt’s secret daredevil side

Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Victoria Arlen stopped by the third hour of the TODAY show. American Ninja Warrior Junior’s hosting team stopped by the third hour of the TODAY show to talk about the upcoming new season. Well, “upcoming” isn’t the best way to describe it. The premiere episode went live on the Universal Kids’ YouTube page last week. It will debut on television this Saturday, February 22 at 7pm. But we digress! Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila return to ANW Jr in the hosting tower. This season, they’re joined by Paralympian Gold Medalist […]

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Want to test the course? Here’s what you need to know

Challenge Producer Adam Sheldon breaks down the info. American Ninja Warrior’s 12th taping season is just weeks away. The Ninjas are putting the finishing touches on their training. The obstacles, hidden away in a warehouse, are going through some of the final stages of their testing and refinement. But the courses will be tweaked and perfected right up to each day of taping. That’s where you could come in. At each of American Ninja Warrior’s filming locations, the course and obstacles will be tested again and again. The production crew needs willing bodies to jump up there and put the […]

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8 things we learned about what it takes to bring Ninja Warrior’s crew together

Travel manager Nicole Christo brings the crew together in each city. One late night during season nine of American Ninja Warrior, a soggy crew stood under an awning in Kansas City. Kristen Stabile, Executive in Charge of Production for the show, broke the news we were all suspicious was coming. The rain wasn’t going to stop, so production would. American Ninja Warrior would not be able to finish the taping the episode that night. That meant the entire crew would need to stay in the city a day longer than they planned. “Don’t bother Nicole,” Kristen warned. “She’s got enough […]

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Armchair Ninja Podcast comes to a close, leaving a library of great episodes behind

We’re going to miss this fan podcast big time. On Sunday evening, the Armchair Ninja Podcast announced that it’s the end of an era. The podcast, which started in 2015 and features a whooping 250 episodes, has come to an end. The hosts, Rich and Bijan, have spent countless hours analyzing the episodes, the obstacles, the spinoffs, and the local competitions and leagues. They cite changes in their lives as the reason for the transition. Over the course of their run, it seems like every Ninja has stopped by the podcast at some point. Rich and Bijan have broken news […]

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Watch the season two premiere of American Ninja Warrior Junior and get to know sideline host Victoria Arlen

Trae Patton/Universal Kids Victoria brings her deep understanding of competition and determination to the show. After months and months of waiting, it is FINALLY time for season two of American Ninja Warrior Junior! Season one quickly captured Ninja Warrior fans with its breathless races and heart-pounding finishes from talented athletes (who just so happen to all be under 14-years-old). Just how talented? Well, the winner of ANW Jr’s first 13-14 year-old division just got a special invite to join the adults on American Ninja Warrior. The true, raw talent of these young athletes will be on display once again when […]

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‘Will and Grace’ wants Jack on American Ninja Warrior and we can see it

Chris Haston/NBC He showed off some potential! Celebrity American Ninja Warrior used to be a real thing and frankly, we miss it. For two years, it was a special episode created for Red Nose Day and it was a blast. No, the celebrities weren’t SUPER prepared for the course, but they went out there and had fun for a good cause. It was always surprising to see who did have some hidden obstacle skills. NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” recently took to Twitter to nominate one of their characters/stars for the course. Check out Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, demolishing […]

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