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Netflix nabs 'Ultimate Beastmaster' reality competition show

It's basically a global version of 'Ninja Warrior' produced by Sylvester Stallone.
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Ultimate Beastmaster is what happens when someone tries to make Ninja Warrior more epic. It adds Sylvester Stallone and The Biggest Loser creator David Broome as executive producers, throws in a healthy mix of 108 competitors from six countries, and, since it's a Netflix original, all 10 episodes will land on the streaming service simultaneously across the globe.

Competitors from the US, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan will take on a ridiculous obstacle course called The Beast over nine episodes featuring 12 people each (that's two from each country). The final episode pits all nine champions against each other for the chance to be crowned the Ultimate Beastmaster.

Plus, Ultimate Beastmaster is localized in all six participating countries, featuring unique hosts and commentary in each region. The US gets Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews and Fox Sports' Charissa Thompson, while Mexico gets journalist Ines Sainz and actor Luis Ernesto Franco, for example.

"The world will watch in awe as amazing competitors from around the globe overcome grueling physical challenges -- and in the process become champions and heroes," Stallone says. "The course is unequaled in its daring creation and I am excited to be a part of it."

Netflix has been expanding its lineup of original programming with shows like Chelsea, a talk show featuring Chelsea Handler that's due to premiere on May 11th. Ultimate Beastmaster, a competitive reality series, marks another new style of show for Netflix.

There's no word on when Ultimate Beastmaster will land on Netflix, but if we had to guess, we'd say 1982.

Update: Ultimate Beastmaster executive producer David Broome tells Engadget, "This series is much more than a very cool physical competition -- the graphic should tip that off and the mythology behind all of this should excite lots of fans around the world."

The tagline on the show's official page (it's just a teaser for now) reads, "The ultimate competition of man vs. beast." We are now revising our speculated release date to 1995.

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