Wipeout: ABC Orders More Episodes, Network Plans Winter 2011 Run

WipeoutThe reality series has been a successful performer in the summer months so ABC has decided to try a winter edition as well. Here’s the information from the network.


The Big Balls are shivering in anticipation because this January, ABC’s “Wipeout” is back with a brand new “Winter Wonderland” course, complete with slippery ice, frosty snow and numerous avalanches of Wipeouts. Cold climate-loving contestants will bundle up as they compete on all-new stunts such as the Spanker Sleds, the Wipeout Ski Lift and the Polar Bear Run. So cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate, and join us for a winter edition that is sure to “Wipeout” your winter blues. This new winter series will be in addition to the summer series of season four, bringing the season episode order to 24 episodes.

“‘Wipeout’ is one of Endemol’s most successful global hits, and it’s exciting to see the brand expanding,” said David Goldberg, Chairman of Endemol USA. “I’m thrilled that fans of the summer version will now be able to get their fix of laughs and wipeouts set in a winter wonderland.”

“Wipeout” is hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter,”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and co-hosted by Jill Wagner.

In Wipeout, 24 energetic, new contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes go head to head through four rounds of demanding but hilarious obstacle courses to win the title of “Wipeout Champion” and the $50,000 grand prize. In the end, only one contestant will be victorious, while everyone else will Wipeout!

“Wipeout” executive producers are Matt Kunitz (“Fear Factor”) and Scott Larsen. Shye Sutherland, Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. The series is produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the chairman of Endemol North America.

About Endemol USA
Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the break-out hits “Deal or No Deal,” “Wipeout,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Big Brother.” Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a prominent international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 25 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group. For more information, please visit http://www.endemolusa.tv. Endemol is a privately held company.

What do you think? Do you think it’s a good idea to run this show in the winter months?

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17 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Shanena says

    I think it’s definately a great idea to keep this running…last night was the first night my son and I got to catch the show (1/20/11) we absolutely laughed til our abs hurt. We’d like to know how to get on the show… :)

  2. Russ says

    This show is fantastic. As far as sherryrae40, we watch this show to see what ridiculous antics people are willing to go through to be called a champion, and the $50,000 doesn’t hurt either. I watched this show with my kids for the first time last week and it was hilarious. Now my kids want to see if I could be the wipeout champ. Anyone that can’t enjoy this show needs to take a serious step back from the harshness of reallity and learn to enjoy some of the stupid things in life.

  3. CAROL says

    I am happy to see wipeout winter, I missed it. Winter, summer, it is good to have a “reality show” that is funny. Television has been taken over by ridiculous, nauseating, and insulting reality shows.

  4. iamurmstr says

    Hilarious show
    Should have its own network
    Dont know why some people (above me) can not laugh at hilarious shows

  5. sherryrae40 says

    How can anyone even watch this show… they cancel good shows and keep this one… ABC just amazes me. I don’t know why people in this country find people falling and getting hurt amusing.

  6. Mars Man says

    Honestly wipe out was fun when it started but unlike other reality shows there is only so many time you can watch it before becoming bored with the whole concept.

  7. Fox Jericho says

    Boring to watch. Someone got killed on this show. How was this thing not canceled? Stupid, pointless, boring…

  8. says

    I’m a big fan of Wipeout, but it strikes me as more of a summertime show. I don’t think it’s as inviting to watch people take dives into water when it’s cold outside. Some shows just say “summer” to me, and this is one of them.

    It’s like when they did that spring series of Big Brother. I enjoy Big Brother, but I’m more in the mood for scripted programs in the fall and spring. It’s the same reason I don’t like hot soup in the summer and ice cream in the winter. There are other factors that dictate how much you enjoy something, and I think ABC may be missing out on that.

  9. Aaron Falvo says

    I’m more than happy with Wipeout coming back in the winter but I’m worried about how successful it could be.

    Remember when So You Think You Can Dance tried a season out of the summer? That didn’t work out so well.

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