The rise of the machines continues: ABC is reviving the classic mech-fight series Battlebots.
The new program is billed as a reimagined take of the killer-robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson.
The six-episode summer series will pit homemade robots agains one another in a tournament-style format until one champion remains. Producers promise the bots will be “bigger, faster and stronger than ever before” with “greater emphasis on the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event.” The combat will also divide robots into separate weight classes so robots of all sizes will be included.
The programming announcement comes as actual robots are increasingly being made for military use, and the global community has started to wrestle with the idea of whether to ban killer robots. The original BattleBots aired on Comedy Central from 2000-2002. In 2013, Syfy attempted to revive the BattleBots concept with an unrelated short-lived series with bipedal robots called Robot Combat League.