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BattleBots Season 2



BattleBots (logo: Bꓭ)[NB 1] is an American robot combat television series. The show was an adaptation of the British TV program Robot Wars, in which competitors design and operate remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination tournament. For five seasons, BattleBots aired on the American Comedy Central and was hosted by Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury, and Tim Green. Comedy Central's first season premiered on August 23, 2000, and its fifth and last season ended on December 21, 2002. The show was on hiatus until it was revived on ABC in 2015.




BattleBots Season 2


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A six-episode revival series premiered on ABC on June 21, 2015, to generally favorable reviews and ratings. Additionally, ABC renewed BattleBots for a seventh season, which premiered on June 23, 2016.


In February 2018, Discovery Channel and Science picked up the show for an eighth season, which premiered on May 11, 2018.[1] A ninth season of BattleBots premiered on Discovery Channel on June 7, 2019,[2] the tenth season premiered on December 3, 2020.[3] and the eleventh season on January 6, 2022.


Despite this, viewership and awareness of BattleBots grew progressively over time; contestants Christian Carlberg and Lisa Winter were invited to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, BattleBots beat South Park as Comedy Central's highest-rated program for a period during Season 3, competitor interest grew and licensing deals also emerged.[6] The success of BattleBots, however, resulted in competition from other broadcasters; TLC introduced a competing program, Robotica, while other channels imported episodes of the British Robot Wars series.[6] By 2002, the program had begun to face further difficulties; Munson felt that the bouts had become "homogenized" because the participants had "perfected" the sport of robot fighting, leading to a lack of innovation in robot designs and strategies.[6] Furthermore, BattleBots had sued Anheuser-Busch and its advertising agency for producing and airing a commercial during Super Bowl XXXVII that parodied the program and featured a robot greatly resembling one from BattleBots (this lawsuit, however, was dismissed in 2004, after a judge ruled that the ad was a parody protected by fair use).[7] In September 2002, Comedy Central cancelled BattleBots after its fifth season, BattleBots 5.0. Viacom acquired full control of the network in April 2003;[6][8] Stucker believed that Comedy Central had become "tired" of the program, and Roski stated that Viacom had wanted to shift Comedy Central back towards traditional comedy programming.[6]


In December 2014, ABC announced that it had picked up a six-episode revival of BattleBots, produced by Whalerock Industries, to premiere in June 2015. Roski and Munson served as executive producers, joined by Lloyd Braun.[11] The revival drew an average viewership of 5.4 million in its Sunday-night timeslot, with a 1.9 share in the 18-49 demographic. In November 2015, ABC announced that it had renewed the BattleBots revival for a second season, which expanded the competition to a 56-team field.[12][13]


After ABC declined to renew the revival for a third season, the series was picked up by Discovery Channel and sister network Science.[14] On April 18, 2018, Discovery and Science Channel announced that a new season would begin on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.[15] The announcement reported that amongst the returning bots would be favorites Tombstone, Minotaur, Chomp, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, Bite Force, and Yeti. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call the action, provide background information about the bots and teams, and offer commentary. Jessica Chobot served again as the sideline reporter. Faruq Tauheed returned as the ring announcer.BattleBots was then brought back for another season on June 5, 2019, on Discovery and Science Channel. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian returned as hosts with a new sideline reporter, Jenny Taft, interviewing all of the BattleBots competitors in the workshop. A tenth season was set to premiere on Discovery on May 15, 2020; however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was pushed to December 3, 2020. Filming began on October 10 and ended on October 21.[16]


For the first five seasons, BattleBots was hosted by Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury, and Tim Green. Correspondents included former Baywatch actresses Donna D'Errico, Carmen Electra, and Traci Bingham, former Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark, comedian Arj Barker and identical twins Randy and Jason Sklar. Bill Nye was the show's "technical expert". The show's match announcer was longtime boxing ring announcer Mark Beiro.


For the 2016 season, Samantha Ponder was added as host, replacing Molly McGrath. The returning judges were Fon Davis, Jessica Chobot, and Leland Melvin, as well as celebrity guest judges actor Clark Gregg, MythBusters host and former Battlebots builder Adam Savage, NFL tightend Vernon Davis, and YouTube star Michael Stevens a.k.a. Vsauce.


For the 2018 season, Rose, Florian, and Tauheed all returned in their roles, with Rose and Florian taking over as the primary hosts of the show. Chobot and Haislip switched their roles, with Chobot becoming the new sideline reporter and Haislip one of the rotating judges.[17] Other judges include former Battlebots competitors Lisa Winter, Derek Young, Grant Imahara and Mark Setrakian.[17]


For the 2019 season, Chobot was replaced with Jenny Taft as a sideline reporter, and the judging panel was fixed to Winter, Young, and former competitor Jason Bardis instead of rotating as it had done in previous seasons.


The BattleBox is a 48' x 48' square arena designed to protect the drivers, officials, and audience from flying debris and charging bots. It was originally designed by Pete Lampertson. As of the 2015 season, Pete was still overseeing the box with the help of Matt Neubauer. It has a steel floor and steel-framed walls and roof paneled with thick, bulletproof polycarbonate plastic. The teams bring their robots in through doorways, which are sealed after all humans have exited. The drivers control their machines from outside the sealed arena.


Arena booby-traps are intended to make fights more interesting and unpredictable and to reward drivers who can avoid the traps while pushing or carrying their opponent into them. Traps from the first five seasons include (and where noted, omitted for the later ABC/Discovery/Science Channel-shown seasons):


Beside the Giant Nut trophy awarded to the winning team of the championship tournament, there are cash prizes for all Robots that compete in combat at the Tournament. In the second season of the ABC revival series, the winner of the championship tournament finals was awarded a cash prize of US$25,000.[20] During Season 10, the prize was US$10,000.[21]


World Championship II, also known as ABC Season 2 and the 2016 season, was the second reboot season of BattleBots to air since the show was axed by Comedy Central. Comprising of ten episodes (or eleven in some international broadcasts), it was the final season to be aired on ABC before the network quietly dropped BattleBots in 2017.


BattleBots retained its single-elimination tournament style, with a few tweaks to accommodate its bigger field of competitors. With 48 robots (originally 52)[1], an increase from 24 in World Championship I, the final places in the main competition were decided by four pre-qualifying battles which made up the first episode of the 2016 season. According to an ABC report, there were approximately 400 applicants for the competition.[2] After the positive reception from the one-off rumble between Overhaul, Nightmare and Witch Doctor, this fight format was used for pre-qualifiers to condense twelve hopefuls which had not been picked by the selection committee into the last four places in the tournament.


The judging panel again saw regular shake-ups throughout the season, with judges including builder of Comedy Central BattleBots fan favorite Mouser Mecha-Catbot Fon Davis, presenter of Nerdist Jessica Chobot and Marvel Cinematics Universe actor Clark Gregg. Guest judges included co-host of Mythbusters Adam Savage, former American football tight end Vernon Davis and Michael Stevens of Vsauce.


ABC announced the renewal of BattleBots on their network for a second season in November 2015 and premiered the following June. The season trailer launched in May 2016, nearly two full minutes in length. It begins with Faruq Tauheed asking rhetorical questions to panning shots of various bots and builders. The trailer shifts its attention to drones, which became a theme for teams such as Chrome Fly, Poison Arrow, Bombshell and Warrior Clan in the 2016 field. A shot of Faruq saying his famous "It's Robot Fighting Time!" catchphrase is followed by snippets of various battles from the season, including the three-way rumble between Bite Force, Witch Doctor and Wrecks. As the trailer announces the premiere date and time for Season 2, clips continue to play until Faruq closes with the line "This is BattleBots!".


The Giant Nut was ultimately won by Ray Billings and Tombstone, who made his second consecutive title fight and defeated Bombshell in the decider. As was previously the case, Giant Bolt awards were also presented to recognize other fields of the sport. The Most Destructive Robot was awarded to Team RioBotz and Minotaur, while the Best Design Award went to Red Devil. Two new awards were established for the 2016 season. The Best Driver Award was presented to Will Bales of HyperShock and the Founders Award, given to the team who best embodied the spirit of BattleBots, went to Zoe Stephenson and Chomp. 041b061a72


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