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Season 2 of Deadliest Warrior is confirmed!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Deadliest Warrior Season 2

Deadliest Warrior Season 2

To answer the age old question of- Will there be a Season 2 of Deadliest Warrior? The answer has been answered by Spike TV

MORE EPIC BATTLES ON THE HORIZON! SPIKE TV RENEWS THE MULTI-PLATFORM HIT SERIES ‘DEADLIEST WARRIOR’ FOR A SECOND SEASON
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More Epic Battles on the Horizon! Spike TV Renews the Multi-Platform Hit Series ‘Deadliest Warrior’ for a Second SeasonSeries To Return With 13 New Episodes Beginning Spring 2010 Spike.com’s Original Series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” Also Set To Return After Record TrafficLOS ANGELES, July 21 — History’s most lethal combatants will continue the fight to the death as Spike TV renews “Deadliest Warrior” for a second season, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming, Spike TV. The successful first season averaged 1.8 million viewers, had more than 6.2 million show-related video views on Spike.com and is Spike TV’s best-selling series this year across all download-to-own (DTO) platforms. The second season of “Deadliest Warrior” will premiere 13 episodes in Spring 2010 with Spike.com’s original round table discussion series, “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” also set to return in conjunction with the new episodes.

“We are thrilled with the success ‘Deadliest Warrior’ has achieved both on air and online for Spike,” said Levy. “The decision to pick it up is a no-brainer. Since hitting the air, fans have endlessly debated and shared online, even offering some great ideas for future match-ups.”

Airing at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, the first season of “Deadliest Warrior” (April 7 – May 31) averaged a robust 1.8 million viewers, ranking second among men 18-49 and men 18-34, behind only the NBA Playoffs on TNT. The premiere season concluded as the highest-rated first season of any original program on Spike since 2005. With the multi-platform success of the series, Spike TV is currently pursuing a book deal, video game and various other merchandising opportunities based on the series.

Also a hit on Spike.com, the “Deadliest Warrior” show pages attracted a season average of over 207,000 weekly unique visitors. Show-related videos generated over 6.2 million video views during the course of the season. “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” was hugely successful and maintained the online interest between episodes, generating 1.8 million video views (April 7 – June 21). “Deadliest Warrior” also performed exceptionally well on DTO platforms, driving sales to record highs on iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation and Zune. It was Spike TV’s number one selling series across all DTO platforms in May and is Spike TV’s best-selling series this year.

“Deadliest Warrior” pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine, once and for all, who reigns supreme. To collect data on these legends of combat, the series features a fight club that consists of series regulars Geoff Desmoulin, a biomedical engineer and karate black belt who uses high-tech sensors to collect the data, and computer whiz Max Geiger, who tracks all the test findings to ultimately run in a battle simulation program. Along with the use of 21(st) century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists warrior-specific, world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior. The premiere season featured such iconic warriors in Spartans and Samurai, prominent individuals like William Wallace and Shaka Zulu, zealous terrorists in the Taliban and even the notoriously bloody Yakuza, among others.

“Deadliest Warrior” featured content on Spike.com will also be expanded next season. Outside of the return of the weekly roundtable series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” initial plans for the show page content includes “Blood in the Sand” weekly blog articles, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with series regulars and experts. Users will also be able to view full episodes of that week’s episode online after it has premiered on-air. Further plans will be announced at a later date.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced for Spike TV by Morningstar Entertainment (“Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force”). The series is executive produced by Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production.

Spike TV is available in 98 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

Shaolin Expert

Shaolin Expert

Let’s hope that they feature more martial arts (and wushu specifically) like the Shaolin Monks vs. Ninjas or something as opposed to pure brute force!

What match-ups would you guys like to see??

Featured demo reel for Deadliest Warrior Shaolin Expert Alfred Hsing.

Feel free to leave comments below!

emei piercers

Emei piercers

For martial arts weapons like e-mei piercers or ninja swords visit: http://www.wushukicks.com/wushu-shop/other-weapons.html

Who Will Play the Next Kato in The Green Hornet?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Stephen Chow was originally supposed to help Seth Rogen direct The Green Hornet and act as Kato. First news came out that there were some differences and he was no longer filling the directing role and would instead just act as Kato. However recent news indicates that due to his schedule and other circumstances he may not act as Kato at all.

For those who don’t know about the show. It is about a pair of crime fighters and the sidekick KATO is played by Bruce Lee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kato_(The_Green_Hornet)

Filling the shoes of a role Bruce Lee once played would be nothing short of a  tall order, but it would be a great honor and privilege for whoever would play this role.

Well let’s see who might be an option for this role. Here are some choices from Ed Moy who writes for the examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-4211-LA-Asian-American-Movie-Examiner~y2009m7d15-Who-will-play-Kato-in-Green-Hornet-movie).


Ken Jeong in “Role Models”

KEN JEONG

The doctor turned comedian turned actor has been in high demand since his breakthrough role as Dr. Kuni alongside Rogen and Katherine Heigl in “Knocked Up.”

He has since played memorable roles as King Argotron in “Role Models,” and Mr. Chow in “The Hangover.”

Jeong will also appear in several more comedies this year, including “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “Funny People,” and “All About Steve,” and “Couples Retreat.”

 

Roger Fan in “Drillbit Taylor”

ROGER FAN

Fan caught the eye of moviegoers playing the charismatic and manipulative Daric Loo in “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin’s breakout indie feature “Better Luck Tomorrow.”

Fan also starred in, co-produced, and co-wrote the racy 17-minute short subject, “The Quest For Length,” a surprise film festival hit.

He has since starred as Michael Wang in “Ping Pong Playa,” co-starred with James Franco in “Annapolis,” and  appeared in “Drillbit Taylor” as Bodyguard with knives.

 

Jet Li in “Hero”

JET LI

A Chinese wushu (martial arts) world champion several times, Li got his first part as a shaolin disciple in the film Shaolin “Temple.”

But most American moviegoers will recognize Li for appearing in action movies such as “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Romeo Must Die, “The Forbidden Kingdom,” and “The Mummy:  Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

He will also appear in Sly Stallone’s upcoming action flick “The Expendables.”

 

James Kyson Lee on “Heroes”

JAMES KYSON LEE

Best known for his role as “Ando” alongside star Masi Oka on NBC’s action drama “Heroes,” Lee has since expanded into movie roles, including a recent part in the Sci-Fi Channel original movie, “Star Runners.”

He was also rumored to have been offered the part of Mr. Sulu in J.J. Abrams reboot of “Star Trek.” 

However, the role eventually went to John Cho when Lee was unable to take the part due to the fact, “Heroes” producers didn’t want two of the shows principal characters leaving to work on the movie.  Zachary Quinto, who plays Sylar on “Heroes” had already been cast as Spock. (above choices are from the examiner)

For a new fresh face I would personally recommend:

Alfred as Kato in The Green Hornet 

Alfred as Kato in The Green Hornet

ALFRED HSING

He is currently ranked #1 in the US on the US National Wushu Team and acted and performed his own stunts on Spike TV’s hit show The Deadliest Warrior. He is relatively unknown but has both the acting and martial arts backing to suitably play the role of Kato.

Demo Reel Where he is endorsed by Stephen Chow himself- http://vimeo.com/5568392

Leave your comments with your thoughts or suggestions!

Spike TV Battles out – Who is the Deadliest Warrior?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

March 16, 2009 12:30 PM EDT

Premiere Episode Features Special Guest, UFC Legend Chuck Liddell

Nine One-Hour Episodes Of New Original Series; Premiere Starting Tuesday, April 7 On Spike TV

Users Can Visit Spike.com To View Full Episodes After They Premiere

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ — Who would win in a battle to the death — a Samurai or a Viking? William Wallace or Shaka Zulu? The Japanese Yakuza or the Sicilian Mafia? Spike TV seeks to finally put these age old questions to rest in “Deadliest Warrior,” an unprecedented, non-scripted series that pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine, once and for all, who reigns supreme.

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Premiering Tuesday, April 7 (10-11p.m., ET/PT) on Spike TV, the debut episode, “Gladiator vs. Apache,” features the crowd-pleasing killer of ancient Rome going up against the fierce, unyielding scalp-picking Native American warrior. Modern day gladiator, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, makes a special appearance in this episode to test the gladiator’s lethal weapons using his legendary striking abilities.

Each week, a new episode will pit two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other. To collect all significant data on these legends of combat, “Deadliest Warrior” assembled a fight club that consists of three series regulars: Geoff Desmoulin, a biomedical engineer and karate black belt who uses high-tech sensors to collect the data; ER doctor and UFC physician, Dr. Armand Dorian, who analyzes the lethal potential of each attack on the human body; and computer whiz, Max Geiger, who tracks all the test findings to ultimately run in a battle simulation program. Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode enlists warrior-specific world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior.

Other highly-anticipated showdowns this season include: Pirate vs. Knight, Taliban vs. IRA, Yakuza vs. Mafia, Viking vs. Samurai, Green Beret vs. Spetznaz, Maori vs. Shaolin Monks, William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu and Ninja vs. Spartan.

“Deadliest Warrior” featured content on Spike.com will consist of preview clips and highlight segments from each episode. Users will also be able to view full episodes of that week’s episode online after it has premiered on-air.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced for Spike TV by Morningstar Entertainment (“Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force”). The series is executive produced by Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat. Tim Prokop serves as supervising producer and director. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production.

Spike TV is available in 97.7 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at www.spike.com/press.

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SPIKE TV STARTS SHOOTING ORIGINAL TV SERIES ‘SURVIVING DISASTER’ AND ‘DEADLIEST WARRIOR’ FOR 2009

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

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Spike TV Green Lights Original Series ‘Surviving Disaster’ and ‘Deadliest Warrior’ for 2009

Network Announces Season 2 Renewal For ‘DEA’

NEW YORK, Oct. 16 — Spike TV has given the green light to two of its most ambitious new projects for series and has renewed its successful original series, “DEA,” all slated to premiere in 2009. Production on the new distinctive original series “Surviving Disaster” (working title) and “Deadliest Warrior,” and season two of “DEA” will begin this fall, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president of original series for Spike TV.

“Spike TV is taking action-packed programming to an entirely new level,” says Levy. “We’re thrilled to be in business with some of the most talented and successful producers in the industry and bring this programming to viewers.”

In “Surviving Disaster,” Spike TV presents a series, unlike any other on television, that may actually save a life. What’s the best way to survive an earthquake, shark attack, plane crash, bioterrorism, hostage crisis or deadly tsunami? For the sake of viewers and their families, it’s imperative to know how to survive disaster, both natural and man-made, and former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley (Mark Burnett’s “Combat Missions”) is just the guy to lead viewers to safety in this elaborate step-by-step weekly series. With some of the most elaborate disaster simulations ever created for television, “Surviving Disaster” is a look at how people can arm themselves with knowledge that could save their lives in the event of disaster.

Ten one-hour episodes of “Surviving Disaster” will be produced by Wall to Wall Media (“Man On a Wire,” “Frontier House,” “Spymaster,” “Ancient Egyptians”) with Alex Graham and Jonathan Hewes serving as executive producers.

With the series “Deadliest Warrior,” Spike TV will settle once and for all the age-old bar bet of who is history’s ultimate fighting machine. Each week, this original, action-packed yet historical narrative series will pit two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against one another. Who would come out the victor in a battle of Genghis Kahn’s Mongol Barbarians versus Viking warriors or Roman gladiators against Japanese samurai? Utilizing the latest in CGI technology, Spike TV will enlist experts on these warriors to provide insight into what made these feared combatants tick and analyze everything from their weaponry to their unique skills of destruction. Each episode will culminate when the two legends of the battlefield go head-to-head in a final fight that will produce the deadliest warrior.

Nine one-hour episodes of “Deadliest Warrior” will be produced by Morningstar Entertainment (“Battleground: The Art of War,” “Manhunters — Fugitive Task Force”) with Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat serving as executive producers.

“DEA” returns for a second season on Spike TV as the network once again was given exclusive access to follow a group of Special Agents and Task Force Officers in the DEA as they put their lives on the line in a daily battle against the ruthless illegal drug industry with individuals ranging from street level dealers all the way up to international traffickers. Production begins this fall for season two in a city to be announced at a later date.

“DEA” averaged 1.2 million viewers for its premiere season (April-May, 2008) and gave the network a 132% increase in viewership in its timeslot. “DEA” ranked #4 in all of cable in its timeslot among Men 18-34 and 18-49.

Nine new episodes of “DEA” will be produced for Spike TV by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. and Size 12 Productions. Executive producers for the series are Al Roker for Al Roker Entertainment and Russell Muth and Hank Capshaw for Size 12 Productions. Co-executive producer for Al Roker Entertainment is Michael Kaufman. Tim Duffy is Spike TV’s executive in charge of production.

Spike TV is available in 97.3 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com.