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'BattleBots' kicks off season 2 with 'BattleBots: The Gears Awaken' preview special


Mon, Apr 18th 2016 02:10 pm

ESPN's Samantha Ponder hosts season 2

Clark Gregg ('Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D') will be a guest judge

The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer and kicks off with a preview special titled "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken," on Tuesday, May 10 (10-11 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

The robot shrapnel will fly in the BattleBox once again, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose, and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. ESPN's Samantha Ponder will host this season.

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" will feature 12 robots fighting it out in a series of rumble matches for the final four spots in the field of 48, which will ultimately vie for the championship trophy. Covering every inch of the robot fighting mayhem is sideline reporter Alison Haislip. Judging the battles are former "BattleBots" competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis; the face of "Nerdist," Jessica Chobot; and a special guest judge for each round of the competition. For "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken," Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") will be the first guest judge. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal.

"BattleBots" is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original "BattleBots" franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. The homemade robots will battle against each other in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The 10-episode series will feature next-generation robots - bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will continue to emphasize the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. While there's only one weight-class, there are a huge variety of deadly weapons.

Forty-eight robots will enter, but, in the end, only one will win the final trophy.

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