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WarnerMedia NYCC Plans Include Chris Jericho, All Elite Wrestling, More

Smashing barriers in wrestling, political satire, measured misfortune, firehouse hijinks, and sci-fi sagas, WarnerMedia announces its plans for the upcoming New York Comic-Con from TBS, TNT, and truTV. Featured panels include Snowpiercer, All Elite Wrestling, Impractical Jokers: From Staten Island to The Misery Index, Tacoma FD: From Super Troopers to a Sizzling Hit TV Show, …

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Mark Cuban & Ann Coulter Cast In Sharknado 3

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SyFy announces that Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have been cast in Sharknado 3.

Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and starring in Shark Tank, will play the President of the United States, with political commentator/author Ann Coulter playing the Vice President.

In addition, SyFy announces Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, Chris Kirkpatrick and Chris Jericho will also appear.

Bo Derek plays May, the mother of April (Tara Reid); Jerry Springer, appears as Mr. White, a manic tourist; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick is a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.

Also joining the cast of Sharknado 3 will be Ryan Newman, who will play April and Fin’s (Ian Ziering) daughter Claudia Sheperd, with Jack Griffo portraying Claudia’s friend, Billy.

Featuring stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo (Nova), Sharknado 3 will premiere on Syfy in July, causing mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.

Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.

Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum.

When it aired last July 30, Sharknado 2: The Second One became Syfy’s most-watched original movie ever.

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Review: Robot Combat League With Chris Jericho

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Whether it was the popular former WWE champion as host or geek love for rock’em-sock ’em robots, the new mechanoid reality show slammed down a two-year high for SyFy network with its recent debut episode.

As a lover of both Jericho and battling robots, I can tell you the program — which pits techie-and-fighter duos against each other in order to advance in a tournament — is very addictive in its framework and presentation.

Of course, getting to know the team members, explaining the makeups of the combatant robots and the training of the geek and jock duos made up a great bit of the opening episode.

By the time the true battle between the mechanical titans arrived, you were actually starved for the combat, but in a good way.

It will be interesting to see if subsequent episodes can maintain this momentum and if the number of battles increases per episode as the series goes onward.

As for Jericho, he is at his comfortable best in the role of host, giving the knowing contestants and even the TV audience his charismatic wink as he is forced to go through the age-old cheesy parts of being a quiz master.

But it is Jericho’s energy that catches you upon the opening of the show and holds you firmly throughout the hour. If he can maintain those huge audiences with his rock band Fozzy, I feel sure he will do well here should the show prove a legit long-run hit for SyFy like Jericho’s other home on the network, Smackdown.

The robots themselves have great names and almost personalities that accompany their diverse designs. Gamers and other competitive kinds will dig this show, even if they are not into heavy tech.

Try it one night, and you too will think that …

Robot Combat League Is Jericho!

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Robot Combat League With Chris Jericho Premiers Tonight On SyFy

With Robot Combat League premiering tonight on SyFy, we have a couple promo videos of footage and bonus material to show you.

Chris Jericho, of the WWE, hosts the show and calls the play-by-play as the massive robots battle it out in a tournament style fighting extravaganza.

 

Robot Combat League – Premieres Tonight at 10/9c.

Premieres TONIGHT – Teaser Promo

SUMMARY: Don’t miss the ultimate robot competition! Robot Combat League premieres TONIGHT @ 10/9c on Syfy!

First Ever Champion of the Robot Combat League – Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: Watch the road to crowning the first ever champion of the Robot Combat League premiering Tuesday at 10/9c.

First Robot Fight – Clip

SUMMARY: What does Robot Combat League look like through the eyes of a Robot? Check out the first full Robot Fight!

Behind the Scenes: Robo-Jockey Andrew Montanez – Bonus Clip

SUMMARY: A professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter known as “The Squid,” Andrew is proud to claim that the only jobs he’s ever had have involved fighting and teaching martial arts. A veteran of 25 professional bouts, he was undefeated in 14 no-rules Vale Tudo contests and in 2010 won National Fighting Championship’s Middleweight Title. He is originally from Mineola, N.Y. Meet the Robo-Jockey of Team A.X.E.

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SyFy Robot Combat League Team “Game Over” Sneak Peek Clip

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5689:]]Robot Combat League is set to debut on SyFy February 26th.

Cosmic Book News caught up with Chris Jericho just yesterday, and we’ll have that interview up later.

SyFY sent over a new sneak peek of team “Game Over” which consists of ROBO-JOCKEY: Keisha Howard and ROBO-TECH: Annika O’Brien.

Check that out below.

Robot Combat League is a new tournament-style reality-based show where contestants compete with huge fighting robots.

 

Robot Combat League—Premieres Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c

Meet the Teams: Team Game Over – Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: Meet one of the teams of the Robot Combat League—team Game Over

About Game Over:

TEAM GAME OVER

Robo-Jockey: Keisha Howard, founder of Sugar Gamers – Chicago, IL

Robo-TechAnnika O’Brien, robotics engineer – Stockholm, Sweden

GAME OVER: The skin for this robot was built using steel that has been stitch-welded together.  The robot also features a 24” video monitor embedded in its upper torso, with a screen protected by a clear Lexan panel. The heavy armor of this robot offers excellent protection and is designed to allow for a wide range of motion, resulting in better attack mobility. However, an opponent with a high degree of accuracy can attack open gaps and destroy internal mechanisms. 

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Chris Jericho Says Robot Combat League Is Like Skynet (Video)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5473:]]Check out a video interview with WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, host of Robot Combat League on SyFy.

Each week Robot Combat League features tournament-style battles between eight-foot tall humanoid robots controlled by a human fighter (“robo-jockey”) and an engineer (“robo-tech”), with Chris Jericho calling the play-by-play.

For a look at all the robots and images from upcoming episodes, head on over here.

 

Robot Combat League—Premieres Tuesday, Feb 26 at 10/9c.

Welcome to the Robot Combat League – Interview Clip  

SUMMARY: We talked to Chris Jericho of Syfy’s upcoming Robot Combat League, premiering Tuesday, Feb 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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Chris Jericho and SyFy’s Robot Combat League Giant Frickn’ Robots Revealed

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5389:]]Syfy revealed a large batch of images from their upcoming Robot Combat League tournament-style action fighting show hosted by Chris Jericho of the WWE who also is calling the play-by-play.

SyFy also announced that XBox 360 and Roku users will get a special sneak peek preview of the first episode.

Below you can check out more info in the press release and all the images of the 12 giant frickn‘ robots that come in standing at 8-feel tall and well over 1000lbs.

Pics of Chris Jericho and the contestants are included, of which Star Wars creator George Lucas’ daughter, Amanda Lucas, happens to be one.

Robot Combat League premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM ET/PT on SyFy.

 

Press Release

 

SYFY HERALDS THE BEGINNING OF THE ROBOT UPRISING, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT 10PM ET/PT

TWELVE GIANT ROBOTS FIGHT TO THE DEATH IN SYFY’S GROUNDBREAKING ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE, HOSTED BY WWE SUPERSTAR CHRIS JERICHO

XBOX 360 AND ROKU TO OFFER SNEAK PEEK PREMIERE BEGINNING FEBRUARY 19

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5390:]]NEW YORK, NY – January 29, 2013 – Syfy launches the next generation of arena combat when 12 state-of-the-art robots and 24 courageous contestants enter the ring in the hotly-anticipated new competition series,Robot Combat League, premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM ET/PT. Each week, Robot Combat League, hosted by Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE superstar, features tournament-style battles between eight-foot tall humanoid robots controlled by a human fighter (“robo-jockey”) and an engineer (“robo-tech”). Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media, with Craig Plestis serving as executive producer.

“Giant bi-pedal robots fighting in an arena has been a dream of ours for a long time.  After some painstaking research and development, the technology is finally advanced enough to make it a reality.” said Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions.  “This is truly a first for reality television, and a state-of-the-art showcase of advanced technology at its most thrilling.”

Users of both the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Roku will get a special, early look at the first episode of Robot Combat League one week before its television premiere. From February 19th through the 26th, the series premiere can be streamed – for free – through the Syfy app for on Xbox LIVE®* and the Syfy channel in the Roku Channel Store.

In the premiere episode, “Rise of the Machines,” the contestants are paired into 12 teams, comprised of a robo-jockey and a robo-tech. Each team is then introduced to its own unique robot, which they will control using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their exact movements to their robot. The contestants take control of the robots for the first time in a timed challenge to earn their rankings for the fight tournament.  The top-ranked team and the bottom-ranked team then fight for their life in three rounds of non-stop mechanical carnage.

The robots of the Robot Combat League were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian(HellboyMen in Black), a leader in the sport of robotic combat.  Through groundbreaking engineering, Setrakian has fused a human’s fighting spirit with a powerful robotic machine built for destruction. Meet the robots of Robot Combat League:

A.X.E.: The head of this robot is shaped like an axe, which can be used to smash other robots.  Cameras mounted in two holes on either side of the blade capture all the action during combat. The robot also features heavy armor to protect it during close range attacks. However, the heavy armor restricts range of motion and ground speed.

BRIMSTONE: Steel and leather are the materials of choice for this robot — a mechanical brute with unstoppable pummeling power. The all-important brain/computer is housed inside a triple thick hammer-finish dome that is three times tougher and heavier than the armor of any other robot in the league.  The gleaming gloves and thug boots are made of the same heavy steel alloy.  For speed and agility, its arms and legs are protected by tough leather armor, which is light and flexible to offer excellent mobility. The smooth surfaces of the robot are made to deflect attacks by causing them to glide off the body armor. But an exposed mid-section allows opponents to open gaps and possibly damage internal mechanisms. 

COMMANDER: This robot is the mechanized infantry of the future. Commander is a heavy-armored trooper rigged for combat, featuring tank tread feet for extra traction on the floors inside the ring — which are often slick with the oil-blood of opponents. The head pans and tilts on a servo-actuated neck mechanism, and includes a helmet-cam similar to those used by the US military. This robot has superior overall protection and strength, but its extra armor and pack limits speed and range of motion.

CRASH: Crash features a shock-mounted roll cage which can absorb high impact attacks. Its smoked titanium panel and roll cage armor is lighter, but still offers good range of protection. Light and fast, this robot is ready for rough action, but the roll-cage can restrict range of motion, making Crash more prone to attacks.

DRONE STRIKE: Based on bleeding-edge military hardware, this robot is the most tightly engineered of the robot fighters. Features include stainless steel armor laminated with ballistic nylon in a digital camo-pattern, giving this robot a distinctive appearance. The midsection includes shock-suspended armor bands that completely encircle the critical valve and hose assemblies, while the large multifunction head/turret pans and tilts. Unique to this robot are the barrel weapons, which are devastating to opponents.  With a strong center of gravity, this robot has great balance and is extremely difficult to knock around. However, some of the armor features create mobility issues.

GAME OVER: The skin for this robot was built using steel that has been stitch-welded together.  The robot also features a 24” video monitor embedded in its upper torso, with a screen protected by a clear Lexan panel. The heavy armor of this robot offers excellent protection and is designed to allow for a wide range of motion, resulting in better attack mobility. However, an opponent with a high degree of accuracy can attack open gaps and destroy internal mechanisms. 

MEDIEVAL: Inspired by the valiant knights of a bygone era, Medieval is built from steel with chain mail coverings and metal crests that create additional layers of protective armor during battle. One of the robot’s unique features is its shield, which offers superior defensive capabilities and a possible strategic advantage against opposing robots. Heavy armor makes Medieval one of the strongest and best protected robots in the competition, but the added weight limits speed and range of motion.  

ROBO HAMMER: Built for speed using reclaimed parts from top of the line vehicles, Robo Hammer is fast and fierce with devastating acceleration. A variety of exposed hoses and non-vital mechanical parts on the body armor lessens the impact of opposing robot hits without allowing damage to internal structures. While the lightweight body armor on Robo Hammer lets the robot move freely and deliver lightning-fast punches, it also leaves the robot open and vulnerable to attacks.

SCORPIO: This robot is built from fiberglass and aluminum.  Like a real insect’s spike-like hairs, Scorpio features metal spikes that are firmly fixed to its skeleton.  These spikes can be used to deflect its enemies’ blows, and at the same time turn its entire body into a weapon. However, its lightweight armor makes the robot more prone to attacks.

STEAMPUNK: Although more crudely constructed than its counterparts, Steampunk’s over-sized shells help it withstand attacks to any part of the body.  This is possibly the most versatile robot on the show, and can endure attacks to any part of its body. However, its heavy armor slows its rate of attack.

STEEL CYCLONE: Sleek and deadly, the shell is 18” gauge steel with a high quality automotive finish.  The low profile circular head, which houses a camera and high intensity light that scans side-to-side, makes it the shortest of the fighting robots at just over seven-feet-tall. This robot is sleek and light, making it fast and deadly with a dynamic range of motion for increased attack poses. And without an exposed head, it is more difficult for opposing robots to land attacks. However, it can only rely on its speed and strategy to overcome a stronger adversary.

THUNDER SKULL: Thunder Skull’s tight-fitting body armor has been stitch-welded together to offer great overall protection and power. This robot has a clear resin dome that covers a tiny “skull,” which can be seen moving around with a life of its own. However, even with a protective dome, the head is vulnerable to opposing robot attacks. In addition, the hulking upper body of the robot makes Thunder Skull more top heavy, which could create issues with center of gravity and balance during close-quarters combat.

Competing for a $100,000 cash prize, the robo-jockeys and robo-techs come from a myriad of backgrounds including a racecar driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot, professional fighters and an impressive array of qualified robotics experts and high-tech engineers.  The Robot Combat League contestants are:

TEAM A.X.E.

Robo-Jockey: Andrew Montanez, martial arts ambassador – Mineola, NY

Robo-Tech: Ross Mead, USC PhD Research Fellow – Edwardsville, IL

 

TEAM BRIMSTONE

Robo-Jockey: Devonric Johnson, actor/model/motivational speaker – Terrell, TX

Robo-Tech: Russell Tait, mechanical engineer and software developer – Brisbane, Australia

 

TEAM COMMANDER

Robo-Jockey: Jeffrey Fellin, National Guard helicopter pilot – Kansas City, MO

Robo-Tech: Paulo Younse, NASA robotics engineer – San Ramon, CA

 

TEAM CRASH

Robo-Jockey: Amber Shinsel, software engineer at Intel – Portland, OR

Robo-Tech: Dave Shinsel, engineering manager at Intel – Portland, OR

 

TEAM DRONE STRIKE

Robo-Jockey: Ciji Thornton, marketing consultant/pro gamer – Dearborn Heights, MI

Robo-Tech: Fazlul Zubair, systems engineer – Torrance, CA

 

TEAM GAME OVER

Robo-Jockey: Keisha Howard, founder of Sugar Gamers – Chicago, IL

Robo-Tech: Annika O’Brien, robotics engineer – Stockholm, Sweden

 

TEAM MEDIEVAL

Robo-Jockey: John Peel, personal celebrity trainer – Scottsdale, AZ

Robo-Tech: Heather Knight, owner of Marilyn Monrobot Labs – Lexington, MA

 

TEAM ROBO HAMMER:

Robo-Jockey: Amanda Lucas, Pro MMA fighter – San Francisco, CA and Las Vegas, NV

Robo-Tech: Saura Naderi, UCSD Outreach director – Del Mar, CA

 

TEAM SCORPIO

Robo-Jockey: Diana Yang, student – Irvine, CA

Robo-Tech: Chris Hardouin, toy engineer at Mattel – Topanga, CA

 

TEAM STEAMPUNK

Robo-Jockey: Ashley Mary Nunes, celebrity impersonator – Vacaville, CA

Robo-Tech: Kyle Samuelson, robotics mentor – Los Alamitos, CA

 

TEAM STEEL CYCLONE

Robo-Jockey: Bayano Kamani, Olympic athlete/coach – Houston, TX

Robo-Tech: George Kirkman, owner of Rolling Robots – Greenlawn, NY

 

TEAM THUNDER SKULL

Robo-Jockey: Heather Williams, race car driver/realtor – Atlanta, GA

Robo-Tech: Brandon Lewis, entrepreneur – Austin, TX

 

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Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com <http://www.syfy.com/> ), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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SyFy Robot Combat League Sneak Peek Clip

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4749:]]SyFy sent over a look at their new robot smashing reality series, Robot Combat League.

WWE Superstar Chris Jericho hosts the show and provides viewers with a play-by-play commentary of the fighting action. 

Robot Combat League features twelve teams, each consisting of a “fighter” and a “robo-tech,” fighting it out in non-stop tournament style battles.

Robot Combat League premiers Tuesday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT  on SyFy.

One Champion – Series Sneak Peek

Description: This February, 12 fighting machines will enter, but only one champion will emerge from the Robot Combat League.

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SyFy Robot Combat League Debuts February 26th

Press Release

SYFY’S ROBOT COMBAT LEAGUE OFFERS RINGSIDE SEATS TO GROUNDBREAKING, HIGH-OCTANE CLASHES OF STEEL

WWE CHAMPION CHRIS JERICHO TO HOST

Series Debuts Tuesday, February 26 at 10PM ET/PT

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4276:]]NEW YORK – November 26, 2012 – Syfy announces a gripping new reality series premiering Tuesday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT which reinvents gladiatorial combat for the 21st century. Each week, Robot Combat League will feature tournament-style battles between eight-feet tall, state-of-the-art humanoid robots controlled by human “robo-jockeys”. Hosting the series is Chris Jericho, the wildly popular WWE wrestler and multifaceted performer.

The idea of robots in battle has captured the imagination for generations. Now, through ground-breaking engineering, the fusion of a human’s fighting spirit with a powerful robotic machine built for destruction has become a reality. This extraordinary new series will feature twelve teams consisting of a fighter (a “robo-jockey”) and a robotics engineer (a “robo-tech”) from myriad backgrounds including a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot along with a mix of professional fighters and software engineers. Each team is paired with its own unique robot and will fight in a first-of-its kind competition using a high-tech exo-suit that translates their movements to their robot. Each fight consists of three rounds of intense action, with the winning team advancing in the competition.

In his role as host, Jericho will set up each week’s fight and provide viewers with a play-by-play commentary of the fighting action. Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is one of the most popular champions in the history of the WWE. In 2001 he was crowned the first ever WWE Undisputed Champion and has been named one of the top five most charismatic performers of all-time. Jericho was also a popular contestant on season 11 of Dancing With the Stars and is the lead singer of the #1 charting hard rock band, Fozzy. The two-time NY Times best-selling author grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, and now currently resides in Tampa, FL.

The robots of the Robot Combat League were designed and created by robotics expert, Mark Setrakian, a leader in the sport of robotic combat. In his distinguished career, Setrakian has developed life-saving robotic systems, and pioneered cutting-edge creature effects, animatronics and control technology for such films as Men In Black, The Grinch and Hellboy. Setrakian combines a keen study of biology with innovative engineering to create robots with uncanny organic movement, earning his reputation as the man who brings machines to life.

Robot Combat League is produced by Smart Dog Media, with Craig Plestis serving as executive producer.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com <http://www.syfy.com/> ), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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SyFy Announces Robot Combat League Hosted By Chris Jericho; Similar To Real Steel

Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel will become a reality with the newly announced battle bot show on SyFy, Robot Combat League.

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Chris Jericho, former WWE champ, will host the show that features twelve teams competing for a $100,000 prize.

Each team will get its own 1000 lb. battle robot, which has been designed by Mark Setrakian, known for his work on animatronics and control technology on films such as Men In BlackThe Grinch and Hellboy.

The series has already finished filming as SyFy was keeping it under a tight leash and makes its debut February 26, 2013.

While Robot Combat League is not directly related to Real Steel, it still features two robots in a boxing ring smashing the transistors out of each other with each getting a specific nick-name as well, including Steampunk” and “Sgt. Smash.”

The 12 teams each consist of a fighter (robo-jockey) and a robotics engineer (robo-tech), with the fighters from various backgrounds, such as a race car driver, an Olympic athlete, a National Guard helicopter pilot, and the daughter of Star Wars creator George Lucas,  MMA fighter Amanda Lucas.

In addition to Chris Jericho’s hosting chores, the first WWE undisputed champion will be calling the play-by play for the fights.

“It has always been our desire — and it’s really come around perennially — to update and do Battle Bots for the new century,” says Syfy president Mark Stern to EW. “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.”

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