ABC premiered its first season of its BattleBots revival on June 21, 2015. Now the network announces it has renewed the once-cancelled Comedy Central series, for a second season. On the competitive reality series, contestants design and build robots, which face off against each other in combat.
The Comedy Central version which ran from 2000 to 2002, was hosted by Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury, and Tim Green. ABC’s BattleBots stars: Chris Rose, Kenny Florian, Molly McGrath, Alison Haislip, Bobak Ferdowsi, Faruq Tauheed, Fon Davis, Jessica Chobot, and Leland Melvin.
Here’s the ABC press release:
ABC PICKS UP “BATTLEBOTS” FOR A SECOND SEASON FROM WHALEROCK INDUSTRIES, ED ROSKI AND GREG MUNSON
ABC has renewed “BattleBots,” the epic robot fighting tournament that stunned viewers during its 2015 revival. The series comes from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original “BattleBots” franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson.
During its first season, ABC’s “BattleBots” ranked as the No. 1 series in its time period in Total Viewers (5.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.7/5), as well as across all key Men demos (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54). “BattleBots” improved its hour year to year by double-digit percentages with Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 18-49 (+31%), Men 18-34 (+63%), Men 18-49 (+73%), Men 25-54 (+69%). In addition, the broad-appealing unscripted series was Sunday’s top-rated broadcast show of the summer with Kids 2-11.
The second season of “BattleBots” will continue to wow viewers with next generation robots – bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. The robots will again wage battle in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The tournament will double in size and feature an expanded field to include expert roboticists, garage builders, families on a mission, as well as past winners returning to defend their turf. Viewers will see new technologies, more destructive bots, and even the possibility of drones and flying battlebots. The tournament will be open invitation with the bots and builders casting process beginning immediately.
MGM Television will be distributing the program internationally.
Executive Producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Ed Roski, Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.
What do you think? Are you fan of the BattleBots TV show on ABC? Do you plan to watch the second season?