Syfy Debuts “Robot Combat League” February 26th
Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed this morning that Syfy has greenlit a new show where robots will fight to the mechanical death. Titled Robot Combat League, the series is essentially a real life version of last year’s action movie Real Steel. Humans will control fighting robots, at a distance, using remote control, until one ends up a pile of scrap. RCL will be hosted by WWE star, musician, author, and former Downfall (ABC) host Chris Jericho. Syfy has scheduled the series to launch February 26th.
If you remember the old Comedy Central show BattleBots, or even BBC’s Robot Wars, you can guess what type of action will be going on. The difference is, again, instead of robots the size of Xbox’s fighting each other, it will be thousand pound giant robots in a large cage. Reality producer Craig Plestis teamed with robotics expert Mark Setrakian to pitch the show to Syfy. Syfy president Mark Stern told EW, “It has always been our desire — and it’s really come around perennially — to update and do BattleBots for the new century. Can we do Real Steel? Are we at a place where you can do real bipedal robots? Every time we tried to to do it [the project] was stymied by the technology.” They promise these robots will mimic human action and movements.
The League will have 12 teams each consisting of a fighter and an engineer from all backgrounds. Each fight consists of three rounds and the winner will move on to the next competition. The ultimate winning team will take home $100,000. Chris Jericho will provide play-by-play commentary. The first season wrapped production last week.
I’m guessing many people here were fans of BattleBots. I know I was, so this news is tough to be more exciting than it is. I don’t think I’m looking forward to a new show in the next few months more than this one. Take a look at the photos from EW below. Hard not to get excited about that.
Source : Entertainment Weekly