Wipeout: ABC Schedules Winter Premiere for Game Show

WipeoutABC has issued a press release regarding the upcoming winter debut of their reality series, Wipeout. If you’ve been watching the alphabet network, you’ve certainly seen promos of contestants making their way through holiday and winter-themed obstacles.

The show has performed decently for the network during the warmer months. It will be interesting to see how it performs against tougher competition. Could it do worse than the Grey’s Anatomy reruns that it’s replacing?

Here’s the press release…


ABC has announced that its Winter “Wipeout” is set to premiere on THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). The Big Balls are back and ready to welcome the chilly contestants to an all new snow-filled winter wonderland obstacle course. Snowflakes won’t be the only things falling and flying through the air, as snow balls are hurled at contestants, who are themselves literally launched into the frozen tundra. Expect an avalanche of laughs as they take on a spinning ski lift, try to outrun polar bears and avoid hockey pucks to the head — all in a completely new winter Wipeout Zone and amid a snowy blizzard — on this winterized version of “Wipeout.”

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

Each week, 24 enthusiastic 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.

“Wipeout” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5/1 channel surround sound.

For more information on “Wipeout,” visit ABC.com

What do you think? Are you curious to see how they’ve adapted the series for winter? Will Wipeout perform well or crash and burn?

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  1. Peter says

    Who though that a copy of a japanese TV show would even be consitered in the US. This show was stupid in Japan and even worse in the US. This show should naever have been made. What is the point of this show anyways? It’s not really funny.

  2. Joanna says

    Please, please, please, no more reality shows, especially competition shows! Take a page from the British shows, create short run creative dramatic, comedic shows that can be inexpensively filmed. Write great finales or leave room for the movie after 18 weeks or so. How about a Native American family living in New Mexico or a comedy about a City family moving to a ranch/farm to start up a permaculture center with the naivete of city folk, ‘a la Green Acres,’ only not so cheesy. You can talk about solar, composting, raising chickens, recycling and other situations that can be hilarious and yet contain some education. Make the characters human, with foibles and integrity. Have you ever tried to make compost with old pizza boxes and horse manure or build a straw bale and mud house while Prussian stepping through the land to avoid rattle snakes in your best Louboutins??? I have a lot of ideas for great shows that wouldn’t require high expenses and keep a multitude of real actors acting along with writers and crews. Also, no more cop or hospital shows. People do work in other professions throughout the world and would appreciate seeing that the world doesn’t revolve around policemen, lawyers, doctors, drugs and hookers (or fugly reality shows). Like my 16 year old says, they suck!

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