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Long Live Thor!

By Tim State in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 15, 2007 8:57PM

09-15-2007_gladiators.jpgWith the optimism of a glass half-full, the American Gladiator LIVES! And the spirit of the American Gladiator can now live within you. But we can’t grab the Funions and park on the sofa in front of the TV just yet. In 2008, NBC will bring back the weekly series, originally aired from 1989 to 1996. Episodes still run in syndication on ESPN Classic.

If you want to channel a Gladiator, NBC will host a casting call on Sunday when they search for contestants and new Gladiators. Chicago is just one stop on a tour of casting events in L.A., New York, Dallas, Miami, and Las Vegas. Producers will be looking for men and women between 18 and 40 who are not only in great shape, but also have Gladiator personalities. Eight Gladiators will be selected (four men, four women).

Variety reported that the reincarnation will have more emphasis on the back-story, and the training that develops one to Gladiator status. Viewers will get a glimpse of their personalities before the competition.

If you’re big, athletic, and find throwing velcro balls or banging competitors with gargantuan q-tips, then show up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Windy City Field House. You must wear athletic attire and wear proper footwear to be considered. Those who audition will be tested in strength, speed, balance, and agility. Producers recommend you bring a towel and water. A stage name like Thor, or Lightning, is optional.

Photo provided by American Gladiators.