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First Look: The New American Gladiators

Amidst the reality-television dreck the networks have planned for us in the new year (really, My Dad is Better Than Your Dad?), there's one show that legitimately has me excited to tune in: the new American Gladiators. The old, syndicated show was such a big part of my childhood Saturday mornings that I simply can't resist the new version, hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali. Besides, I want to see how far foam weaponry has come in the past 20 years.

The show will kick off with a two-hour premiere Jan. 6, then move into its regular 8 p.m. Monday time slot the next day (regular occupant Chuck will have run out of episodes because of the writers' strike).

The cheesiness of the old show was a major part of its appeal, and from the first promo, it looks like the remake is staying true to that over-the-top spirit. The ad — which premiered during Heroes, aptly — features warriors running through the desert holding their jousting sticks high. I've watched this ad at least a half-dozen times now, and it still makes me giggle. Also making me giggle: this NBC promo picture of Hulk Hogan. Yeah, I'm pumped for this one.

Are you ready to see the next generation of Storms and Geminis take to the ring? To watch the promo, just

Photo courtesy of NBC

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