New “Gladiators” Wanted — No Mullet Required

As you may have heard, possibly from Channel Guide Magazine, NBC is “reinventing” the “classic” (at least, according to ESPN Classic) early ’90s competition series American Gladiators. But in order to do that, they first need some competitors — and some gladiators. If you feel you fit either of these bills (of course, none of you will ever be able to replace “Lace” in my heart of hearts), the network invites you to try out and prove it.

According to NBC, what they are looking for in “contenders” are “weekend warriors who have excelled and take pride in their level of fitness and want to test their physical ability in the Gladiator Arena.” Meanwhile, the “gladiators” are to be a “charismatic and eclectic group of warriors who are ready to take down our everyday challengers with hard knocks and explosive attitudes.” Open castings will be held at the following locations:

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Saturday, September 15
  • Paerdegat Athletic Club Sports Field; 10am-3pm
  • Chicago, IL
  • Sunday, September 16
  • Windy City Fieldhouse; 9am-5pm
  • Miami, FL
  • Saturday, September 22
  • The Ice Palace Film Studios, Stage 1; 10am-3pm
  • Dallas, TX
  • Saturday, September 22
  • Arlington Courts; 10am-6pm
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunday, September 30
  • Doolittle Community Center; 10am-3pm

You are asked to come dressed in your workout attire, but you folks who live the gym lifestyle probably dress like that all the time anyway, right? You will be tested on physical ability in areas such as strength, speed, balance and agility. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident.