Professional wrestler and VH1 reality show star Hulk Hogan has signed on to host NBCâ€™s upcoming remake of â€œAmerican Gladiators,â€ sources say.
Hogan made the rounds at NBCâ€™s Burbank offices last week and has accepted the job. The deal is still being finalized, but sources say both parties are committed.
NBC sees Hogan as â€œthe perfect fitâ€ for the â€œGladiatorsâ€ revival, sources say. In addition to his experience as a physical performer during his years with the World Wrestling Federation, Hogan has proved he can draw viewers with sheer force of personality in his successful VH1 reality series â€œHogan Knows Best.â€
The network plans to showcase â€œGladiatorsâ€ sometime in midseason.
Like the early-1990s original, the new â€œGladiatorsâ€ will have everyday weekend warriors competing against the showâ€™s cast of athletes. The remake will add special effects, water skills and high-tech stunts.