American Gladiators returns tonight with Rocket and Jet

NBC’s newly resurrected version of American Gladiators returns for a second season tonight, just three months after the first season concluded. A two-hour episode airs at 8 p.m. ET.

Last season’s winners Evan Dollard and Monica Carlson claim their prizes and become new gladiators Rocket and Jet (really). There’s also Phoenix, a new female gladiator, in addition to “an all-new state-of-the-art Gladiator Arena” and seven new events, according to NBC. The show also has recruited gay competitors.

In addition, like other Facebook whores, the show has created an American Gladiators Facebook application that “will allow users to square off against gladiators, their friends and the entire Facebook community for the chance to win an official ‘American Gladiators’ Joust Stick — signed by the American Gladiators along with other top prizes,” according to an NBC press release.

Despite the new hires and changes, producers have tragically not fired terrible hosts Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, although perhaps they’ll be allowed to just speak this seasons instead of badly reading badly scripted banter off teleprompters.

NBC Announces Two New Heart-Pounding Events and Three New Gladiators… and
NBC Gives Daring Facebook Users the Chance to Face Off With ‘The Official American Gladiators Challenge’ [NBC press releases]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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