Wipeout is another show that I’ve never had the pleasure of checking out– but I’ve seen the previews, definitely. Apparently, it’s a game show which has contestants competing on an obstacle course, designed to wipe them out.
ABC.com says of the show:
“Human cannonballs! Human pinballs! Crashes, smashes and mud splashes! Twenty-four thrill-seekers will compete in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course designed to provide the most spills, face plants and wipeouts ever seen on television, inWipeout, a painfully funny new reality series.
Each week 24 daring new contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes will go head to head through rounds of grueling and physically demanding but wildly hilarious obstacles to win the title of “Wipeout Champion” and the grand prize of $50,000. The contestants and the courses change every week, including new over-the-top obstacles such as “The Catapult,” “Plank in the Face,” “Hurtles,” and the return of the fan favorite the “Big Balls.” In the end, only one contestant will win, while everyone else will Wipeout!
Wipeout is hosted by John Henson (E! Entertainment’s Talk Soup) and John Anderson (ESPN’s SportsCenter). Jill Wagner is co-host. Executive producers are Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen (Fear Factor). Shye Sutherland, Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. ”
It sounds… interesting. Actually, it sounds a lot like the Japanese game shows that I’ve watched before, most of all, MXC.
In the show, contestants compete in the “world’s largest obstacle course” through four rounds of competition until a final winner is chosen. The first round features 24 contestants, while only the top four will make it to the final round where the winner earns the title of Wipeout Champion and a $50,000 grand prize.
The challenges change each week, but always feature offbeat and comical obstacles, such as the “Sucker Punch”, “Big Balls” (the show’s trademark obstacle), the “Sweeper”, the “Dizzy Dummy” or the “Dreadmill”, and the “Wipeout Zone”. In one of the show’s trademarks, the commentators have a humorous running commentary, often mocking and gently insulting the contestants as they compete.
I don’t know about you, but maybe I’ll give it a shot. There’s something almost comical about watching grown men and women and the lengths they will go to for $50,000.
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