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G4 is taking us to Mount Midoriyama for American Ninja Warrior

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 30th 2009 9:02AM
Ninja WarriorG4 has been bringing Japan's Ninja Warrior to the states for a few years now. And for those of you who haven't seen it, it's one of the most addictive and difficult challenges in the world. The past several runs, they've even worked to send a group of Americans over to Japan to compete in the competition alongside a whole bevy of Japanese personalities and athletes.

Now they're taking it a step further, creating an all American Ninja Warrior. Unfortunately, the plan is to send ten American competitors over there to compete on Sasuke, the official Ninja Warrior obstacle course. I'd have much rather them build an American version of the course here. That way, like in the Japanese version, they can have 100 competitors from all walks of American life.

Just imagine. We'd have actors plugging crap giving it a try, and reality show contestants trying to extend their fifteen minutes. And most of them will fail and land in the water. The fear I have is that if we only have ten contestants in Sasuke, what happens if they all blow the first of four stages? Show's over?

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Is Ninja Warrior getting too American?

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 30th 2009 7:13PM
Olivia Munn wipes out on Ninja WarriorG4 must be getting on my nerves. I'm giving Web Soup another few weeks because Chris Hardwick is still warming up. I'm more upset on Ninja Warrior's evolution, becoming more and more American. By adding several G4 characters, they are diluting a fun Japanese show.

I can forgive a show like Iron Chef America because they are their own separate entity that is respectful to the original, but inserting G4 people into the original Sasuke feels forced and unnecessary, as if Sasuke just got taken over by Americans.

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TV Squad Ten: Shows that deserve to have their own video game

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2009 11:35AM
TV shows that deserve to be video gamesThere is nothing inherently wrong with turning a TV series into a video game spinoff. It can fill in the gaps between seasons to quell the viewers' hunger, let audiences explore characters from new perspectives and even give the more hardcore couch potatoes some much needed exercise even if they only burned 1/100ths of a calorie solely through their thumbs.

The problem is video game developers pick TV shows that should never even become a travel sized board game. Developers have given the greenlight to games based on shows like American Idol, Desperate Housewives and even ... Grey's Anatomy?!? I hope that last one was a first-person shooter.

There are far better shows that offer far more entertaining elements for a kick-ass video game. These are the shows that should be next in line for a pixelated re-treatment.

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Judge says 'whoa' to Blago's show, but does that stop him? Hell no

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 24th 2009 6:07PM
Rod Blagovejich promoting Part of me is pleased that a federal court judge told the former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to stay put when NBC asked him to join their latest celebrity grovel-fest.

He's continuing to grab any media time he can long after the media forgot how to pronounce his last name by promoting the new I'm a Celebrity...Get Me a New Agent Out of Here. And despite my convictions to the contrary, another part of me wishes he would get more.

Mind you, this is the very dark part of me that giggles when elderly people fall and wishes there was a semi-pro "Scarin' Babies League."

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War! Huh, good God. What is it good for? Awesome comic satire! Say it again! - VIDEOS

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 21st 2009 12:04PM
The cast of The Chaser's War on Everything

The Chaser's War on Everything, a satiric hidden camera prank show from Australia, aims to be everything most shows of their ilk fail to achieve. It's satirical, unbiased in its stance against everything from commercialism to phony diplomacy, and more probing than a proctologist with banana hands.

This sparks a startling question: what the hell is a show this smart doing on the G4 Network?

The show found its way to the States earlier this year as part of the network's Duty Free TV block of foreign cult faves like Trigger Happy TV, Unbeatable Banzuke and Ninja Warrior. It's become one of the better shows on the all geek network, which either says worlds for the three-year-old show or doesn't say much for the rest of G4's original programming. I'll let you decide while reminding you this is the same network that once produced a game show where the first person to vomit lost. Even Fox wouldn't sink that low. Wait, are we talking about some kind of survival situation?

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What's On Tonight: Smackdown, Ned's Declassified, Stargate

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2007 5:03PM
  • StandoffAt 8, PBS has a new NOW, then a new Washington Week.
  • The CW has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has the final two episodes of Ned's Declassified at 8.
  • Also at 8: Sci-Fi has a new Stargate SG-1, followed by new episodes of Stargate Atlantis and Painkiller Jane.
  • At 9, Standoff returns to FOX with new episodes.
  • ABC has a new National Bingo Night at 9, then a new 20/20.
  • Hallmark has the new movie Love's Unending Legacy at 9.
  • At 10, A&E has a new Intervention.
  • G4 has a new G4's Free Stuff at 10, then a new Ninja Warrior.
  • TCM has Butterfield 8 (with Elizabeth Taylor) at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Ugly Betty, Smallville, ER, October Road

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 19th 2007 5:01PM
  • SupernaturalAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and October Road.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8.
  • NBC has a new My Name Is Earl at 8.
  • There's a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8 on FOX.
  • The CW has new episodes of Smallville and Supernatural.
  • At 9, NBC has a new 30 Rock, then new episodes of Scrubs and ER.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has the Food Network Awards, followed by a new Ace of Cakes.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Shark.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit, then a new This American Life.
  • At 10:30, G4 has a new episode of Ninja Warrior.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Dancing With The Stars, Everybody Hates Chris, 24

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2007 5:05PM
  • The RichesAt 8, ABC has a new, two hour Dancing With The Stars.
  • FOX has a new Prison Break at 8, followed by a new 24.
  • The CW has new episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, All Of Us, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • ABC Family has a new Wildfire at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has the great 1948 version of The Three Musketeers, with Gene Kelly and Lana Turner.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal, then a new Black Donnellys.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern at 9.
  • There's a new movie on Lifetime at 9, The Party Never Stops.
  • At 10, FX has a new episode of The Riches.
  • At 10:30, G4 has a new ep of Ninja Warrior.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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