BattleBots may not have been on air long, but it earned quite a reputation during its brief couple of years on Comedy Central. It has been more than ten years since we watched homemade robots battle it out, but the memories remain fresh and, in a few months, they’ll be born anew when the series reboot arrives on ABC. The core of the show — robots battling against each other — will remain, but the network has been tipped as planning some changes over the original series, something that makes sense given changes in both technology and viewer preferences over the last decade or so.
BattleBots first aired on Comedy Central from August 2000 to November 2002, and during its time the show scored some notable cast, including Bill Nye. According to Deadline, the show will be returning this summer with six episodes set to air on ABC. Reportedly, Lloyd Braun is serving as the series’ executive producer.
Some familiar elements will be returning with the series. The robots will be homemade, and they’ll be fighting against each other one by one. The battles will be part of an elimination championship, with the last robot standing being the winner. Unlike the original version, however, ABC plans to show more of the creation process that goes on behind the scenes.
In addition, there will be no more weight classes — each robot will be able to fight any other regardless of how big or bad it is. Analytics on combat will be given via on-board cameras and other tech. All in all, it looks to be a promising reboot — and given the leaps in robotics, it’ll probably be far more entertaining.