Bittersweet news for BattleBots fans. It seems ABC has cancelled BattleBots after two seasons, but all 16 episodes of the TV show are coming to the Science Channel.
In 2015, ABC revived the competition show, which pits homemade robots against each other. The show previously aired on Comedy Central but was cancelled after five seasons in 2002.
Now, it looks like BattleBots has been axed once again. Recently, ABC removed the show from its list of current reality programming—a sure sign the show has been cancelled. However, fans lookin’ for a fix will be able to see both seasons of the revived series on Science Channel beginning July 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Read more info below:
(New York) – Let the robot shrapnel fly. Science Channel has licensed the off-network cable rights to air 16 episodes of ABC’s epic robot-fighting series BattleBots. BattleBots features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots as they duke it out to become champions of an intense, fast-paced single elimination tournament. BattleBots premieres Wednesday, July 12 at 10pm ET/PT on Science Channel.
Each robot rumble match consists of two robots competing in a single three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges will declare a victor to move on in the tournament.
Each episode of BattleBots highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBot championship. With only one weight class, homemade robots of many varieties with a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.
BattleBots is hosted by ESPN’S Samantha Ponder. She is joined for the play-by-play by Chris Rose of MLB Network and NFL Network, color-commentary is provided by ex-MMA fighter Kenny Florian, Alison Haislip (G4’s Attack of the Show) is the sideline reporter and Faruq Tauheed is ring announcer. Judging the battles are former BattleBots competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of “Nerdist” Jessica Chobot and a special guest judge for each round of the competition.
BattleBots is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of BattleBots? Are you sad ABC has cancelled the show?