American Gladiators is an American competition TV show that aired on NBC and Citytv in Canada. Hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, the show matches amateur athletes against each other and the show's own "gladiators" in contests of strength, agility, and endurance. It is a remake of the original series of the same name which ran from 1989–1996, with elements of the UK version of the 1990s. The show is refereed by Al Kaplon, a former American League umpire, who can also be seen as the referee in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Play-by-play narration is handled by Van Earl Wright.Season 1 was taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Beginning with Season 2, the show moved to the Los Angeles Sports Arena. It is produced by Reveille Productions and MGM Television.American Gladiators premiered on Sunday, January 6, 2008; an average of 12 million people watched the two-hour premiere. All other Season 1 episodes aired Mondays at 8:00 ET/PT, exceptrn for the finale, which aired Sunday February 17, 2008 at 7:00 ET/PT. rnSeason 2 premiered May 12, 2008, on NBC, with a two-hour episode. Thern two-hour Season 2 finale aired on August 4, 2008 at 8:00 ET/PT. While rnthe final two-hour episode of Season 1 was devoted entirely to the rnfinals, the Season 2 finale consisted of the third semifinal round rnfollowed by the finals.New episodes and new cast members were planned for a 3rd season in the summer of 2009, however, NBC canceled those plans in March. It may return at a later date on another network. It is currently being televised on WGN America and MTV2.In August 2008, Season 1 of American Gladiators began airing on WKAQ-TV, Telemundo Puerto Rico every Sunday at 8 PM. In September 2008, Season 1 of American Gladiators began airing on Sky1 in the United Kingdom on Tuesday afternoons. In April 2009, Season 2 of American Gladiators began broadcasting on Sky1 on Saturday evenings. In Australia, American Gladiators started airing on Seven's new free-to-air digital channel 7Two on Wednesdays at 7:30pm from November 4, 2009.