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BattleBots

BattleBots

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Photo Credit:  ABC/David Moir
  • Premiered: 
    June 21, 2015
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of BattleBots 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: robots, engineering

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Plot Synopsis

With play-by-play analysis from Chris Rose and color commentary from Kenny Florian, homemade robots battle against each other in a single-elimination tournament-style format as the robot shrapnel flies in the BattleBox. Hosted by Molly McGrath (Season 1) and Samantha Ponder (Season 2), BATTLEBOTS features sideline reporters -- Jessica Chobot (Season 3), Allison Haislip (Seasons 1 & 2) and NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi (Season 1) -- covering every inch of the robot fighting competition. Judging each battle are former BATTLEBOTS competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis; the face of Nerdist, Jessica Chobot; and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (Season 1) or a guest judge (Season 2). Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed presides as the bots go metal-a-metal. During the first night of the six-episode tournament, eight teams converge in an arena of minefield and hazards during the Qualifiers round. Each match consists of a single three-minute bout in which the goal is to completely destroy or disable the opponent. If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges declares a victor to move onto the next round.

Season 2 of BATTLEBOTS premiered on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return, and they are joined this season by ESPN's Samantha Ponder, who serves as the show's host in Season 2. Covering every inch of the robot fighting mayhem is sideline reporter Alison Haislip. Judging the battles are former BATTLEBOTS competitor & special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of Nerdist Jessica Chobot and a special guest judge for each round of the competition. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal. 48 builders representing four continents make up this year's field -- double the size of last year's tournament. With them they bring an unprecedented arsenal, innovative designs, destructive new weapons and for the first time in the history of robot-fighting tournaments, the launch of drone warfare. The competitors range from NASA engineers to teenage students and everyone in between -- each with one goal: to claim the ultimate title and walk away with the Giant Nut. Winners from the 24 matches in the qualifying round automatically advance, after which the selection committee picks eight wildcards from the losers to join them. Once the teams advance out of the qualifying round, it's single elimination all the way to the title.

BATTLEBOTS returned for an all-new season on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, May 16 at 9pm on Science Channel. The new season features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call all the action, while Jessica Chobot serves as the sideline reporter. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer. The metal munching mayhem is back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor. Some of the returning favorites this season include Tombstone, Minotaur, Chomp, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, Bite Force, Yeti, and more. BattleBots highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship. Homemade robots built on a myriad of platforms and featuring a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics. The panel of judges for Season 3 includes: Alison Haislip, Naomi Kyle, Derek Young, Mark Setrakian, Lisa Winter, Bobak Ferdowsi, Grant Imahara, Simone Giertz, and Frank Ippolito.

BATTLEBOTS is set for its second season on Discovery Channel -- and its fourth season overall -- premiering on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, while Science Channel airs the series on Wednesday nights from 8-10pm starting June 12. BATTLEBOTS features the world's biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for robot fighting supremacy. 2018 Champion Bite Force returns to defend its title against top competition including perennial contenders Tombstone, Minotaur, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, and Yeti. The play-by-play team of Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call all the action. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer. Jenny Taft joins the fun this season as the sideline reporter. Judges this season are Derek Young, Jason Bardis, and Lisa Winter. The season opener, "That's What You Call a KO!," kicks off the new season with 67 epic bots as they face off to become the 2019 BattleBots World Champion. The main event features Tombstone (2016 Champion) vs. Lock-Jaw (2-time Giant Nut winner).

On Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel, BATTLEBOTS returned for an all-new metal crunching fifth season. After production was halted due to COVID-19 earlier this year, BATTLEBOTS is back for a brand-new season of epic robotic combat. Sixty teams from across the globe have converged for the hardest hitting, unremitting, steel splitting tournament in combat robotics. Unproven rookies, up-and-coming stars and legends in the game will throw their fearsome fighting machines into the BattleBox for a chance to walk away with the preeminent prize in robotic sport: The Giant Nut. The action-packed metal madness kicks off with an epic main clash -- former world champion Ray Billings with his lethal bot Tombstone faces Jack Barker's End Game from New Zealand. Other stars include Whiplash and SawBlaze, both with championship aspirations. Captain Shrederator, hoping to spin its way to a win against Lock-Jaw, and Bloodsport, who will be out for blood against Skorpios. This year's builders have put their robots to the ultimate test and will stop at nothing to take down the competition. Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian return once again to provide play-by-play commentary, while Jenny Taft reports from the builder pits and Faruq Tauheed is the ring announcer. Also, a new expert will be joining the commentary team: the Bot Whisperer, aka BATTLEBOTS veteran and robot guru Peter Abrahamson. Filming with cast, crew and bot builders was carried out under the strictest health and safety protocols, with constant supervision and regular testing, and without a live audience. Instead, the spectators were the teams themselves, watching all the action (and their competitors) from specially constructed "opera boxes" placed around the giant BattleBox arena.
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On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, Discovery announced that it has picked up an additional two seasons of BATTLEBOTS, totaling an unprecedented order of 80 hours of robot-crunching action.

In another major move, BattleBots will stage its 2021 World Championships beginning next month in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. The iconic BattleBox fight arena has been completely reimagined for the new seasons with extra hazards for the robots -- generating even more tension and excitement for viewers.

In addition, the 2022 Championships will also be held in Vegas during the summer of 2022. All the bot-breaking action will play out in front of a live audience of dedicated BattleBots fans from around the world at Caesars Entertainment Studios. The new season will air later this year on Discovery.

"I can't wait to once again hear the iconic opening words, 'It's robot fighting time!' as announced by Faruq across Discovery platforms," said Scott Lewers, EVP Multiplatform Programming Discovery Factual & Head of Content, Science. "Vegas is one of the few places in the entire world that can match the adrenaline and fun of this competition and I'm thrilled it will be the backdrop to host these incredibly talented robot designers, builders, and fighters."

"Standby Vegas! -- the bots are on their way from all over the world," said Trey Roski, BattleBots creator. "This is the most exciting development for the sport; to have a multi-year commitment from a broadcaster is what we've always wanted to enable our talented builders to have time to plan and design even more ferocious and imaginative robots for the future. It's a great day for BattleBots, and we're delighted to have such a supportive partner as Discovery. Since BattleBots started 21 years ago, I've always dreamed that Vegas would be the ideal permanent home for the sport. Now thanks to Discovery and Caesars we're achieving that goal."

"The best builders in the world, the best robot combat action, the most talented production and broadcast teams, the best platform partners in Discovery, and now the perfect host in Vegas -- what's not to love about this deal? Our fans will go bonkers! The most entertaining combat sport on the planet is thriving," said Chris Cowan, Head of Unscripted TV at Whalerock Industries.

More than 65 teams will travel to Las Vegas with their fighting machines to slug it out in a series of battles to the death. The ultimate winner will take home the greatest prize in the sport: The Giant Nut, which is currently held by End Game from New Zealand.

The competition this year will be fierce. Teams from across America will compete against rivals from Europe, Asia and South America with the hope of bringing the Giant Nut back to the USA. Former title holder Tombstone will be in the field, along with current World Champion End Game. Fan favorites Witch Doctor, SawBlaze, Hydra, Whiplash and Valkyrie will also fight to hoist the Nut, while Backsmith, Minotaur, DUCK! and Icewave will hope for triumphant returns after missing the 2020 season.

Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian will return once again to provide play-by-play commentary, along with expert contributions from Pete Abrahamson, a.k.a. The Bot Whisperer. Meanwhile, Faruq Tauheed returns to the BattleBox as Ring Announcer.

Audiences are invited to watch the robot fighting action from BattleBots' new home in Las Vegas, where BattleBots will tape from August 23 -- September 4 at Caesars Entertainment Studios.

Tickets are available now for the public ($40-$125) and can be purchased by visiting the BattleBots ticketing page.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Whalerock Industries
  • Distributed internationally by MGM Television