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ABC Renews Rasslin’ Robot Series ‘BattleBots’

ABC has renewed BattleBots, giving the unscripted robot fighting derby a second season. During its first season on ABC, BattleBots averaged 5.4 million total viewers, according to the network.

The series comes from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson.

BattleBots originally aired on Comedy Central from 2000-2002.

The second season on ABC “will continue to wow viewers with next-generation robots,” said the network, which are “bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before.” The automatons will again wage battle in a single-elimination tournament until there is but one robot standing. The tournament will double in size and feature an expanded field to include expert roboticists, garage builders and families, as well as past winners defending their turf.  

ABC promises “more destructive bots,” and perhaps even dueling drones.

MGM Television will distribute BattleBots internationally.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.