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Gladiators, ready: Ten locks in premiere date

Gladiators, ready. Challengers, ready. Spandex manufacturers, ready! Ten has announced the return date for Gladiators, one of the most anticipated shows of 2024.

The new era of Gladiators will be hosted by Liz Ellis and Beau Ryan, who both know their way around a sporting arena and a television set alike, and, rather than dragging the likes of Flame and Vulcan out of retirement, jacking them full of HGH, and sending them out to battle contestants half their age, Ten has cast a whole new set of Gladiators, with names like Arrow and Chaos and Maximus and Viking.

The show will premiere on Sunday, January 7 at 7.30pm on 10 and 10 Play, and as the below trailer shows, the new Gladiators can actually fly, shoot arrows of fire, and form fissures in the Earth’s surface merely by landing hard enough.

On the off-chance these super-human skills don’t actually make it to the final cut, Gladiators is still likely to be a great sporting choice for audiences looking for the perfect blend of UFC and The Masked Singer.

As Rod Prosser, chief sales officer at Paramount ANZ, told Mumbrella last month, when the reboot was first announced, Aussies can actually get tired of summer sports and seek an alternative.

“We’re always looking for great, noisy content, particularly in summer, as an alternative to sport for viewers and advertisers,” Prosser said.

“Gladiators will supercharge summer entertainment as a strong alternative to sport, offering appointment viewing for families to enjoy the ultimate test of speed and strength with just a dash of comedy.

“Australian viewers love competition, relish the contest and celebrate superhuman feats with challenge-based reality formats, like Gladiators, consistently the top viewed shows each year.

“Gladiators was the biggest global smash hit of the ’90s, and we’re seeing a trend in ’90s nostalgia viewing on our new FAST channels, particularly with Gen Z, who are discovering this content for the first time.”

Ten have certainly leaned into this trend in nostalgic viewing habits, announcing reboots of Wheel Of Fortune, Deal Or No Deal, and Ready Steady Cook, to join the recently refreshed Thank God You’re Here, Shark Tank, and Neighbours franchises.

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