The Discovery and Science Channels have renewed ‘BattleBots’ for another season. Production is set to begin in April, in Long Beach, CA, and is expected to air this summer. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian will be back to provide play-by-play, while Faruq Tauheed will be back as the ring announcer. No word on the show’s host or judges. Also returning is the 2018 champ Bite Force, who will defend its title against rivals Tombstone, Minotaur, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, and Yeti.
Discovery and Factual’s Chief Brand Officer, Nancy Daniels stated:
“BattleBots is such a fun series and really resonated with both Discovery and Science viewers last year. We can’t wait to once again work with the amazing teams from Whalerock and BattleBots to make the new season a smashing success.”
‘BattleBots’ has had a long and winding journey. An American adaptation of The UK’s ‘Robot Wars’, ‘BattleBots’ first aired on Comedy Central in 2000 and lasted for five seasons, ending in 2002. In 2015, ABC ordered a revival, which lasted for two seasons. Then, last year the Discovery and Science Channels ordered another revival, which has now been renewed. So while the upcoming batch of episodes will be the second season of ‘BattleBots’ on Discovery and Science, it is actually the ninth, overall. The show was created by Ed Roski and Greg Munson.
On the series, designers create and arm remote control robots which duke it out in an arena in three-minute bouts, to determine which is the “biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest.” If neither ‘bot is disabled or destroyed, the judges declare a victor. The show also profiles the builders and chronicles the design and creation process. In addition to buzzsaws and drills, the robots are equipped with technology and cameras “to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.”
The premiere date for the new season hasn’t been announced. Are you excited to see more ‘BattleBots’?