Today’s cuppa: Newman’s Own Royal Tea

This past Monday, I headed to a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles to visit the set of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior,” in which fighting techniques are discussed and demonstrated, and different types of warriors square off each week.

New episodes don’t start until Spring 2010, but here’s a sneak peek at one episode (for larger, much larger images, right click and open the link in a new tab or window) …

To start with, here’s some broad looks at the set:

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Deadliest_Warrior_set2.jpgDeadliest_Warrior_set3.jpgAn unfortunate ballstic-gel body, when mixed-martial-artist Rashad Evans was done with it …

Deadliest_Warrior_Destroyed_Ballistic_Gel_Body_set11.jpgHere’s a ballistic-gel body that already had a bad day …

Deadliest_Warrior_Ballistic_Gel_Head_set5.jpgDeadliest_Warrior_Ballistic_Gel_Body_Parts_set7.jpgI also visited the downstairs area where the weapons and costumes are created …

Deadliest_Warrior_Weapons_Workshop_set8.jpgDeadliest_Warrior_Weapons_Workshop_Helmets_set10.jpgThere was also a skinned, headless dead pig that had as bad a day as the ballistic-gel body, but we’ll save that one for the story itself …

Stay tuned.