Though there are only six episodes, ABC has decided to pull freshman game show Downfall one week early.
Hosted by Chris Jericho, Downfall hasn’t been performing well in the ratings and continues to ire some viewers. Though viewers are reminded that the prizes being smashed are replicas, many still view the practice distasteful in a struggling economy and for environmental reasons. ABC is owned by Disney, a corporation that’s been touting a “go green” initiative.
The episode of Downfall that will air on July 20th has been deemed the “season finale.” The following week’s episode will be replaced by the first half of a two-hour edition of Wipeout, called “Wipeout Blind Date.” Beginning August 3rd, the timeslot will be filled by the returning Shaq Vs. reality series.
No word on when or if the remaining episode of Downfall will air. A second season is looking doubtful since the ratings for the show have been poor.
UPDATE: Though ABC ordered six episodes and had them all on their schedule for weeks, an ABC representative has confirmed that only five were actually produced. There is no sixth episode. Jericho tweeted that, because of the pace of the show and editing, they only ended up having enough contestants for five installments.
In addition, the host says that they plan to film additional episodes in the fall. However, ABC hasn’t announced that they’ve renewed the show or have ordered any episodes beyond the initial six. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
What do you think? Does the smashing of prize replicas bother you? Should the show return for season two? Do you think it will?
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