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The Daily Herald Sunday, March 11, 2018 23 By K.A. Taylor TV Media Metal mettle: Last Thursday, a whole new kind of obstacle course was unleashed on North American TV screens, when "Truck Night in America" debuted on History. The series delves into the passion truck owners share for the rugged durability of their rides, putting their trucks through the ultimate tests. Each week sees five truck aficionados compete in a variety of tough challenges, designed to test both truck and driver in order to prove they have what's needed to tackle The Green Hell. This three-mile obstacle course is a high-flying, car-crushing and snake-infested swamp kind of madness, for which no one driver is fully prepared. The series features four ex- perts enlisted to help the truck- ers conquer the course. "Pistol" Pete Sohren is a renowned des- ert racing champion and sea- soned track builder. Glen Plake is a legendary figure within the extreme sports community, also known for his dirt track racing skills. Abe Wine brings his truck building and master fabrication expertise to the competitors, while Rob "Bender" Park also hails from a master fabrication background and is a rock crawl- ing champion. These gentle- men provide competitors with straightforward, blunt feedback, knowing full well what it will take for them to conquer the course, and if it's even worth it for them to press on. With $10,000 and reputa- tions as skilled truckers on the line, each episode of this new series promises to be a dirty, hard-fought battle right up to the very last jump. Rev your en- gines and prepare for the chal- lenge when the newest episode of "Truck Night in America" airs Thursday, March 15, on History. US against the world: For nearly a decade, audiences have been captivated by a more hands-on series of obstacle courses, thanks to the creativ- ity and ingenuity of "American Ninja Warrior." On Sunday, March 11, NBC brings the latest installment of the competition to viewers with the premiere of "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World." Athletes of ex- ceptional skill and strength take on a variety of obstacle courses, the difficulty of which gradually increases. What differs in "USA vs. the World" is not just the in- ternational competition, but the fact that these four teams must compete in the grueling four- stage national finals course featured in the regular series. This year's teams repre- sent North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Team North America's contestants include eight-time ninja Drew Drechsel, "ninja weatherman" Joe Moravsky, stuntman and ninja Najee Richardson and the "papal ninja," Sean Bryan. Team Asia features Yusuke Mormoto, Thuc Le, Yosua Zaluku and Tomohiro Kawaguchi. Team Europe's competitors are Sean McColl, Sergio Verdasco, Alexander Mars and Ossur Eiriksfoss. Representing Latin America are Danee Marmolejo, Marco Jubes, Sebastian Preito, and Karl Fow. Members of each team do all they can to support each other and bring victory back to their home na- tions, though it's im- portant to note that just making it into the competition already sets these men aside as win- ners. Thou- sands compete every year to become ninja warriors, but few are among those who wind up selected for the competition, and fewer still hold the mantle for their nation in international tests of might. "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" premieres Sunday, March 11, on NBC. More baby mama drama: Few reality television series have created such social dis- ruption as "Teen Mom," yet it must speak to quite a broad audience, as the show's latest incarnation, "Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant," premieres Monday, March 12, on MTV. Famous for exploring the lives of young teens and adults not quite ready for the challenges of parenthood, the series has both helped foster an understanding of youthful pregnancy while potentially creating a culture, for better or worse, inspired by it. The events unfold episode by episode in a documentary-style format, with the moms first be- ing introduced while still preg- nant and gradually moving toward delivery day and life after baby is born. The family and societal drama is exposed, as each teen mom has her own challenges to face and issues to confront. This season introduces five young new moms-to-be: Ashley, Brianna, Jade, Kayla and Lexi. Ashley is a 20-year-old who enjoyed the nightlife and bright lights of Las Vegas until she found out that she and her boy- friend, Bariki, were expecting. Brianna, in a moment of pas- sion during a breakup, ended up pregnant. Now back together with her transgender boyfriend Danae, the pair are dedicated to raising a family together. Jade's life has always been tumultu- ous, but with the upcoming birth of her baby, she wonders if her boyfriend and parents can provide the support she'll need. Kayla, the daughter of a single mother, was shocked to discov- er her pregnancy but plans to try to raise the baby with boy- friend, Stephan, despite his his- tory of infidelity. For Lexi, life as head cheerleader and beloved daughter meant everything was nearly perfect. With the revela- tion of her pregnancy Lexi's life seems upside down. Both together and alone, these five young moms will bare all to educate teens and adults alike on the challenges of young parent- hood when "Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant" premieres Monday, March 12, on MTV. real talk Abe Wine and Pete Sohren in "Truck Night in America" Conan Scientists have found fossils from the Ice Age in Los Angeles while digging subway tunnels. Isn't that crazy? L.A. residents were amazed and said, "We have a subway?" A New York woman is suing her surgeon, claiming he was on his cellphone during her operation. In response, the doctor said, "For your information, I was Googling 'how to perform surgery.'" A couple from Arkansas who love the Olive Garden have named their infant daughter "Olivia Garton." Olivia went home today, where she joined her big brother, Hooters. It's come out that Beyoncé changes her email address on a weekly basis. And get this: it's 'cause of me! Nintendo has teamed with Kellogg's to make a Mario Brothers cereal. Kellogg's promises that the Super Mario cereal will "taste like plumber." The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon A new study finds that McDonald's french fries could actually help cure baldness. So it's a great choice for guys: skinny and bald, or fat and hairy? A man broke a Guinness world record by walking barefoot on a 120-foot path of loose Legos. This beats the old record, set by every dad getting up to use the bathroom at night. A 1969 Cadillac that was converted into the "world's fastest mobile hot tub" sold at an auction, but the bidder wants to remain anonymous. Because if you're riding around in a hot tub Cadillac, the last thing you want is attention. Jimmy Kimmel Live Omarosa — the former "Apprentice" contestant, then "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant, then White House Apprentice contestant — is now a contestant on "Celebrity Big Brother." That's right. Omarosa is trapped in a house with a bunch of reality TV stars. Just like Melania. Late Night With Seth Meyers A boy in Florida yesterday had to be rescued by firefighters after he climbed into a claw-style arcade game and got trapped. It took firefighters four hours and almost 500 quarters. A couple in Tennessee recently gave birth to a baby from an embryo that was frozen 24 years ago. Which explains why its first word was "Wazzzzzupppppp!" Late laughs Metal mettle Only the best drivers can survive 'Truck Night in America'

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