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Spinoff of Original American Gladiators Heads to Syndication

American Gladiators is already heading to syndication this fall after a handful of episodes. No, it's not NBC's remake of the original show, which that network has already renewed for a second go-round.

But on the strength of that show's performance on NBC, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which teamed up with Reveille on this latest version, said it will immediately start syndicating a 1990s companion show to its original Gladiators that featured teens competing and starred a young Ryan Seacrest.

Gladiators 2000 is 39 half-hour episodes targeted for weekend play, MGM said, which unveiled -- make that reunveiled -- the show at the National Association of Television Program Executives’ conference in Las Vegas.

MGM also said Monday that it will launch a broadband salute to the original Gladiators series starting Jan. 30.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.