Originally posted Friday, June 7, 2019 by RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
It’s unfortunate that sometimes I do a set visit, then months later, I forget to write about it. That’s what happened with NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” My apologies to NBC. But at least I can post some of the highlights now on YouTube.
The show came to Atlanta in March for one of the audition episodes, which aired this past Wednesday. I only now realized, two days after the fact that I didn’t post my pictures and interviews from that day. It was in the Home Depot Backyard space next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
I arrived at around 8 p.m. and rain had delayed the start of production. I interviewed both hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila and spied Kim Zolciak and her family doing an on-set visit as well.
Before the start of taping, the producers taped crowd reaction shots that could be inserted in after the fact. They had to cheer, say “ooh” and sound disappointed. They also chanted “Beat that wall!”
I then watched some of the action as several contestants tried to get through the initial obstacles. Some had cute little openers. One dude did a handstand. Another brought cheerleaders. A third had his pecs dance.
But the launch tarp they stood on before they began was damp from the rain and several of the players complained because their wet sneakers were making it harder to go through the course properly.
So after about six players competed, production stopped. Crew reinstalled a brand new pad from scratch and each of those players got a second chance. Several crew members also hand dried each block and step on the course.
By then, it was well past 10 p.m. so I decided to go home. I don’t think I saw anything that ended up on air. But I know they shot all night long, bringing in hundreds of fans to watch every two hours.
I do regret missing this:
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