Killer robots series BattleBots being revived as new six-part special at ABC

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Feb 7, 2015, 7:06 AM EST (Updated)

Much like the killer mechanical creations showcased in the BattleBox, you can’t keep the decade-old BattleBots series down for long. 

ABC has announced plans to resurrect BattleBots as a six-episode series this summer. It's being billed as a “reimagined take” on the series that originally ran from 2000-2002 on Comedy Central. Networks are digging deeper and deeper into the vault for ideas, and hey, BattleBots was a ton of fun a decade or so ago. So, why not?

The network is planning a limited run, where they’ll basically be trying it out in the doldrums of summer to see if it can generate some buzz. According to Entertainment Weekly, producers promise the bots in the new series will be “bigger, faster and stronger than ever before,” with “greater emphasis on the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event.”

Robots of all sizes will apparently be included in this version, with different weight classes to separate the different ‘bots.

Technology has come a long way since the original BattleBots series 15 years ago, and Syfy recently took a shot at a BattleBots-type series in 2013 with the Real Steel-esque Robot Combat League. Plus, you know, recent hits like Pacific Rim have raised awareness that fighting robots are awesome. In the summer, where quirky reality fare can sometimes find an audience, this could prove to be a fun experiment. 

What’s your take? Will you tune in for BattleBots 2.0?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)