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‘BattleBots’ Gets Six-Episode Reboot for ABC

The former Comedy Central robot competition finds a new home after a five-season run

ABC has ordered six episodes for a revamp of the popular competition “BattleBots.”

The series will feature next-generation robots competing for cash prizes, while giving viewers a look at the robots’ design and builder back stories, the network announced Friday.

Executive produced by Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Ed Roski and Greg Munson, the series is slated for a summer premiere. MGM Television will distribute it internationally through a deal with Whalerock Industries.

Formerly on Comedy Central, the original series featured hosts Bil Dwyer, Sean Salisbury and science guy Bill Nye as a technical expert. The show offered four competitive categories — lightweight, middleweight heavyweight and super heavyweight — before being canceled after five seasons in 2002.

Produced by Whalerock, Battlebots was created by Roski and Munson.