A Japanese show that has been a hit in Japan and is considered to be something of a classic of its genre is returning to U.S. television. Esquire Network announced this week that it has entered into a deal for “Ninja Warrior.”
The network signed a licensing deal with TBS — which in this case stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System — for past and future episodes of the obstacle course competition series.
Esquire will run a Labor Day Weekend marathon of the series from Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 a.m. ET/PT, through Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 4 a.m. ET/PT. The marathon will feature the 26 “Sasuke” tournaments that began what Esquire calls the Ninja Warrior craze. The marathon will also include seven “Women of Ninja Warrior” (Konoichi) tournaments.
The show has aired on U.S. television before, premiering 10 years ago on G4. New “Sasuke” tournaments are coming to Esquire starting in 2017.
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