I don't know if the alter ego really is something that I chose, or is something that the show pulled out of me, even when I was trying to not give it that. kind of thing - were that we went and we played tag in this warehouse and this really stripped down course. Because that's the other side of being a Pro Tagger, it's not just your athletic ability, it's really "Can you keep up the show while you're running, jumping, striding? But next thing you know, you're on this course and there's a crowd of people chanting your name. All three Watts stress the physical demands of Ultimate Tag, which pits amateur contestants against "professional taggers" in amped-up versions of the classic playground game. I grew up collecting comic books and reading about these characters, going out in the yard and playing in the whole imagination mode and pretending to have these powers. Because I find that aspect really kind of cool as well. For CBS, “Tough as Nails” at 8 p.m. had a 0.5/4 and 3.5 million viewers. I think that alone is probably the one thing that got me involved in the show. The new commission extends the partnership between the companies following the successful collaboration on Big Brother Australia. The idea originally came from World Chase Tag … And then on top of that, our contestants were all vetted. Ultimate Tag makes its debut on FOX this Wednesday night, bringing one of the most unconventional sports competitions yet into the mainstream. So instead of playing into something that I'm not, I just kind of turned up this guy in certain areas. The object is to avoid getting tagged while negotiating obstacles within a playing field. Don't Miss the Series Premiere of ULTIMATE TAG, Hosted by NFL Superstar Trio J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt, Wednesday, May 20 @ 9/8c on FOX! Season 1 (10 Episodes) • Reality, Sports • TV-PG Season 1 S1 E1 You Better Run! This Video Details how FOX ripped off World Chase Tag… Even if I'm playing a game at home with a friend, I don't talk smack. Ahead of Ultimate Tag's debut, we got to chat with La Flair about joining the unique competition series, and what surprised him the most about its process. Flair has been dubbed "the World's Most Recognizable Pro Freerunner", with a social media following that includes 1.5 million TikTok followers, and over 30 million views on YouTube. It takes the universally known game of tag and elevates it to a level and scale never before seen. A lot of what my life has always been movement. So I was like, "Wait a second. It was just that alone, just testing different ways to play the game and showing them the personality you can bring while in action. Outside of that, it's hosted by the NFL superstar sibling trio, JJ, CJ, and Derek Watt. And you're out there just like throwing up devil horns and feeling like a rockstar. Endemol Shine are the masters of supercharging shows to massive success in Australia, and with Ultimate Tag we know they will deliver a great show that our viewers will love, just as they have done with Big Brother this year. Six more contestants enter the Tag Arena, but only two will leave with $10,000 as they look to outrun the elite Taggers and their jaw-dropping skills. share. There's a lot of things shut down. Athletes from a wide array of industries make up the ensemble of Pro Taggers, including actor, stuntman, entrepreneur, and parkour and freerunning expert Jesse La Flair. I'm the first pro with his own pro signature model shoe. The thing that surprised me the most was how challenging it was to play tag in these extreme circumstances. Cast (37) Produced by (14) Cinematography by (1) Film Editing by (3) Production Design by (2) Art Direction by (1) Makeup Department (6) Production Management (2) Art Department (1) Sound Department (4) Visual Effects by (3) Stunts (1) “We can’t wait to bring Ultimate Tag to our audience next year and continue our content led growth story that has reestablished Seven as the place for brands to reach key demographics.”, Mark Fennessy, CEO, Endemol Shine Australia, said: “It’s the fastest and most intense competition ever seen – a supersized family game that just became a sport. So when they were sitting us down and having a meeting of "What do you represent? Banshee. 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It gets real nerve-racking for the onlooking contestant about halfway through the other contestant's Ultimate Showdown run. I mean, me personally, I was reached out to really early on at some point. Is there a superhero or comic book character that is your favorite or that you'd want to be involved with their franchise in some way? Outside of that, I have a balance board. Ultimate Tag is an American sports entertainment obstacle course competition television series that premiered on Fox on May 20, 2020. The Seven Network has commissioned Ultimate Tag from Endemol Shine Australia (ESA), to air on Channel 7 in 2021 as part of its continuing content led growth strategy. Obviously, times are hard right now, and some financial support of people getting behind the shoe would definitely help drive a little bit more of that income, and allow us to outlive this whole pandemic. ULTIMATE TAG set photo by Hollywood Junket. Do you have enough skill and energy to be out there talking and engaging with the person that you're coming after?". Meet The Flow – one of the fastest men over objects on the planet. Some of the courses are very Parkour or kind of obstacle base driven, but then other ones are like a steel cage floating 30 feet in the air, and contestants and taggers are not wearing harnesses. That's the real dream. Competitors must vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through several different three-dimensional courses, all while being chased by resident Professional Taggers. Contestants try to elude Taggers in the Real Men Do Cry" episode of ULTIMATE TAG airing Wednesday, May 27 on FOX. Commenting on the commission, Seven’s network programming director Angus Ross said: “This is part of our tent pole strategy that delivers epic entertainment to all audiences. save. Warning! What's funny for me is I'm probably one of the least alter ego Taggers. Ultimate Tag is coming out at a moment when there aren't a lot of sports on TV, so I feel like the show kind of has a different sort of significance. Each week on ULTIMATE TAG, competitors – who are everyday citizens and not professional athletes – vault, dodge, tumble and dive over various epic, three-dimensional … Obviously, everything is kind of at a standstill at the moment, but do you have any other projects that you'd like to plug? I truly believe you're going to build a sort of love or hate relationship with some of these people and these characters that you're seeing. ", It was a very interesting onboarding, in that the auditions - besides the Zoom-style, "Do you have enough personality to make it on television? Jesse La Flair: Yeah, for sure. They're not necessarily all professional athletes in any way, but some of them come from Olympic backgrounds. I'm just excited for people to connect the two, and hopefully that'll help support our small brand and the company Tempest. They're a leader in making Parkour gyms and bringing the sport to the youth. It's always been for me, I am the OG Parkour guy. 17. It seems like such a unique project. These Taggers are intermittently released into the course, and only those contestants who can outlast them the longest will secure their place in the championship game and a chance at a huge cash prize. It pits three men and three women against the same number of "house athletes", called pro taggers, who have names like Rocket and Banshee. The series offers a high-octane take on the iconic childhood game, which is taken to a colorful, action-packed, and truly delightful level. What was the process like of coming up with the alter ego? What is the thing that you bring to this show?" I need to go do stuff, whether it was growing up riding motorcycles and dirt jumping and rollerblading and skateboarding, and all these different action sports. By Jenna Anderson There's a lot of these things that if I go back through my collection, I'm sure I can find some hidden gems that aren't really being talked about that I would love to do. Copyright 2020 ComicBook.com. save. I always tried to remain very humble, excited, and happy just to be out there playing literally a game of tag. The new commission extends the partnership between the companies following the successful collaboration on Big Brother Australia.. Ultimate Tag premieres Wednesday, May 20th, at 9/8c on FOX. It started by scalping several of the most well known World Chase Tag players and it started a strange career. ... 1 comment. Posted by 3 months ago. She will turn 27 years old this year. With Derek Watt, J.J. Watt, Carrie Bernans, Chay Denne. And the show itself, I mean, you have 18 Pro Taggers. You have these characters that you're going to be seeing every week come back. First off, with sports off the air, I believe this is the exact kind of action fans are going to be looking for. ULTIMATE TAG is produced by Znak & Co. Natalka Znak, Conrad Green and JJ Watt serve as executive … A high-octane physical competition based on the classic playground game of chase, co-hosted by NFL superstar sibling trio J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt. This is a family-friendly show, and I think it has something for everyone. So I've been having fun challenging myself doing that because I think balance is probably one of the strongest elements of muscular skill that you can have that'll help you adapt to many other sports and things. Such a program may be particularly cheap to produce or exist at a studio that shares an umbrella with its network. Top Stories of 2020: Farmer Wants a Wife returns, Top Stories of 2020: Seven launches SAS format in Australia, Top Stories of 2020: Network Upfronts were very different, Mercado on TV: From Between Two Worlds to Wentworth: Redemption, ACM shakes up real estate market with listing bundle in 4 regional markets. Ultimate Tag is hosted by NFL siblings J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt. so I am still going out and training at schools or things that are completely closed and no one's around at, because I need to sort of get that emotional energy out of my body and continue to train and move. Contestants get ready to elude Taggers in the You Better Run" season premiere episode of ULTIMATE TAG airing Wednesday, May 20 on FOX. Subscribe to the Mediaweek Morning Report with the form below. Ultimate Tag is an epic tournament of tag to find Australia’s ultimate taggers. if you start to look up who is a Parkour athlete, especially in America, you're going to undoubtedly stumble upon me somewhere, somehow. Posted by 3 months ago. He started a YouTube account back in 2013, which has over 90,000 subscribers. The 22-year-old athlete is seriously unstoppable. What surprised you the most while filming the show outside of, like you said, your inner alter ego kind of coming out? I've spent the last 15 years promoting myself, doing tutorials that have garnered millions and millions of views, and brought these people into this sport. 5. (Courtesy of Fox) Catching the competitors. But it's still a challenge to engage and chase, and the cameras, everything adds an element of exaggerated challenge to it all. Flair first jumped onto the scene as a fan favorite on America Ninja Warrior, before going on to serve as a stuntman on multiple Hollywood projects, most recently including Captain Marvel and Dark Phoenix. I really liked comic books growing up as a kid, like Spawn. These long jumps, people were getting injured. The format is based on the game of tagand involves contestants running through various indoor obstacle courses while professional taggers attempt to catch them. What do you hope people get out of the show kind of within those circumstances? Some of them are sprinters, some of them come in these very dialed aspects of an athletic form. Ultimate Tag is an epic tournament of tag to find Australia’s ultimate taggers. Yellow means the tagger got the highest amount of tags (for female or male). Sometimes it feels silly to think like, "Oh, it's tag, right? I think one of my favorite things that is coming out of the whole Ultimate Tag thing, that I believe a lot of people will get behind, is that I've got my La Flair pro signature model shoe with Tempest Freerunning and you can see that shoe on the show. Some say @carriebernans is an ultimate psycho — we … I got reached out to by a couple of different areas of the show and I would assume the reason being just because personally, I'm probably one of the most quote-unquote famous professional Parkour freerunning athletes in the world. Read at your own risk! How are you staying busy during quarantine? I'm not necessarily someone that would ever talk smack. Extended Play: Revenge Tag With The Kid & Bulldog. It's called a skill board, and you literally just balance on it, but it's not a medicine ball. But when you see the courses and you see how crazy some of the action gets, it's wild. Ultimate Tag makes its debut on FOX this Wednesday night, bringing one of the most unconventional sports competitions yet into the mainstream. Tonight, Ultimate Tag will make its debut on FOX, bringing a delightfully unconventional sports competition to viewers' television screens. Tagger Omar Zaki, who goes by the name “Geek,” chases after a contestant as part of Fox’s new “Ultimate Tag” show, which premieres May 20. Ultimate Tag - Real Men Do Cry: More taggers are introduced and six new contestants fight it out. We also spoke about his love for comic books and how he's staying busy during the current COVID-19 quarantine. We're playing tag on TV." "Ultimate Tag" is the latest of these productions. Ultimate Tag - Real Men Do Cry: More taggers are introduced and six new contestants fight it out. The following contains spoilers for the Ultimate Tag episode "Real Men Do Cry." At the end of the day, this was such an incredible mix of a lot of very fun shows that I grew up watching. Ultimate Tag Riped Off World Chase Tag. Competitors who must vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through several different three-dimensional courses. Ultimate Tag (2020– ) Series Cast & Crew. • Casting for Ultimate Tag is open now at ultimatetagcasting.com.au. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. 15 out of our 18 Ultimate Pro Taggers all wore the shoe, because it was this very light and functional thing designed very specifically to the type of action that they were going to be doing. There's definitely some dials that got turned up. Ultimate Tag is an American sports entertainment obstacle course competition television series that premiered on Fox on May 20, 2020. So in this sort of quarantine time, it's like, "All right, well, you've got to stay home." All rights reserved. It has sim… Actually getting to go on set and be in an X-Men movie or Captain Marvel, and being in those environments that are just completely built up and look exactly how you could ever imagine them to look in real life has just been a dream come true for me. I mean, people are hyperventilating. ULTIMATE TAG: Derek Watt (R) with a contestant in the “Real Men Do Cry” episode of ULTIMATE TAG airing Wednesday, May 27 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Casting is open now at ultimatetagcasting.com.au with more details to be announced at Seven’s 2021 Upfronts later this year. Airing Wednesdays on the network, Ultimate Tag is based on the classic game of tag as competitors go through obstacles running from 'pro taggers… And I definitely have a clip of me doing some Parkour inside my house during the quarantine. Ultimate Tag / FOX / Znak & Co. There's nothing stopping you from sliding off in any direction. This inner rockstar in me started to pop out, and the next thing you know, I'm out there talking smack and I'm engaging with them. I still believe in karma and all this stuff. A high-octane physical competition based on the classic playground game of chase co-hosted by NFL superstar sibling trio J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt. Meet Corbin Reinhardt (aka "The Kid") from 'Ultimate Tag.' I don't want to come on and be a contestant, if you're going to have me literally get paid to go tag these people. I've been doing forever and I want to continue to push that. The professional taggers sport names like Rocket, Banshee and The Flame. It definitely goes without saying that getting to stunt double Nightcrawler in the last few X-Men films was like the dream come true. The Seven Network has commissioned Ultimate Tag from Endemol Shine Australia (ESA), to air on Channel 7 in 2021 as part of its continuing content led growth strategy.. Ultimate Tag is blockbuster family entertainment at its pulsating best – the Ultimate Test on the Ultimate Playground.”. 5. Ultimate Tag Clips. Some problems encountered during the course included tags randomly falling off of contestants clothing which stopped production a number of times to re-attach after double-checking that the tags were not pulled off by Taggers. Some of these taggers … We’re excited to be partnering with Endemol Shine Australia to bring Ultimate Tag, a dynamic new format, to Australia next year. - May 20, 2020 06:06 pm EDT. The male and female winners receive $10,000 each. I actually got reached out to really early on by some of the people who were casting contestants, but I was also already talking to them about being a Pro Tagger. Originally created by event entertainment specialists Znak & Co, Ultimate Tag’s launch on FOX marks broadcast’s highest-rated unscripted Summer debut in three years and FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched unscripted Summer debut in eight years. It moves at a frightening speed that delivers momentary thrills, surprising victories and startling defeats. Everyday Runners must avoid our professional Taggers – a mischievous group of highly skilled freerunners, parkour artists and elite athletes. share. ComicBook.com: How did you get involved with Ultimate Tag? 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