The game is back on! TBS just announced they reviving the cancelled ABC TV show Wipeout.
The obstacle course series ran on ABC from 2008 until 2014. The new version “will feature new format twists and elements that will push contestants’ athleticism and willpower to even greater extremes, all while delivering some pretty epic fails!”
TBShas ordered 20 episodes of the Wipeout revival. A premiere date has not yet been announced, but you can read more info below:
LOS ANGELES – APRIL 29, 2020 – TBS has ordered a revival of the renowned, heart-pumping and hysterical competition series Wipeout, returning to captivate viewers of all ages. The network has ordered 20 episodes of the international sensation that features contestants competing in wildly creative and hilariously out-of-the box obstacle courses.
Following its debut as the No. 1 new show of the summer in 2008, Wipeout amassed an impressive following throughout its seven seasons on-air. The series found international viewers in the form of various adaptations in more than 30 global territories such as Argentina, Australia and the UK and has inspired numerous spin-offs and specials.
The re-imagined series will feature new format twists and elements that will push contestants’ athleticism and willpower to even greater extremes, all while delivering some pretty epic fails! Each game has been designed into three rounds and now features a jaw-dropping, three-stage, obstacle course consisting of multiple strategy and decision points designed to further challenge, and wear out, the stamina of the competitors. Returning to the game, an iconic staple with many surprises, are the big red balls, back with a vengeance.
“In my many years of producing, ‘Wipeout’ remains my all-time favorite,” said Matt Kunitz, Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer of the series. “I am thrilled that it is returning more competitive than ever, while continuing to provide hilarious wipeouts. ‘Wipeout’ is a rare show loved by both kids and adults, a true co-viewing experience. With a strong focus on comedy, there is no better network for ‘Wipeout’s ‘return than TBS.”
“I cannot think of a better tent pole program than wipeout as we take our unscripted programming to the next level under Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV, said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “This is a big show for the whole family and we have some big ideas to infuse real drama and new twists into the fun.”
“Now more than ever is the time to gather family and tune-in to a fiercely wild and undeniably engaging viewing experience that mixes athletic action with hilarious antics,” added Brett Weitz, General Manager, TNT, TBS and truTV. “We are honored to partner with Endemol Shine to present a reimagined take on this universally beloved franchise that keeps audiences of all ages glued to the screen.”
“We are thrilled to be bringing back everyone’s favorite obstacle course competition with the team at TBS,” said Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted & Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America. “This show has truly become a global phenomenon and its popularity has continued to grow over the last decade with a new generation of viewers. We have some really unique, fun new twists planned for this version and we can’t wait to get into production.”
Endemol Shine North America will produce the series with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Shyam Balsé and Kevin Wehrenberg serving as executive producers. Matt Kunitz, creator of the original series, will serve as executive producer and showrunner.”
What do you think? Are you a big fan of the original Wipeout? Will you watch the TBS revival?
The new one is awful. Watched the old episodes 2-3 times, could not watch more than 15 minutes of the new one.
Course is not as good as the old one was couples not as interesting as single people plus call host boring bring back the old group did better good concept bad production
Wipeout is a very violent show with injuries eminent! Contestants wear no protection and injuries can easily happen especially broken necks and spinal injuries! Nobody knows what to expect and it appears to be very deadly! It is far more dangerous than football! Please remove to protect children from witnessing death or paralyzed contestants!
Not impressed. The hosts and the third person are terrible. You don’t even show any one making it through. Change the hosts.
Sign me up….biggest fan ever would love to be on the show.
I saw a preview of the new Wipeout with John and Nicole i am not impressed they are not funny this will take all the fun out of the show, they need to bring back the two johns and jill that helped make the show.
Yea!!! I hope the hosts will be as comical.
Can’t wait for the show Wipe Out to return to Prime Time , watching reruns now on a Sat morning 1/2/2021 laughing my butt off just like before BTW please reach down into your bag of tricks and find somebody else to host because John Cena is not the one / definitely not a funny guy but great wrestler . I’m sure there’s a better joker out there w/comedy skills and Funny / Quirky ! The show will be canned in no time if you don’t ! John Cena is a snooze fest when it comes to being funny and… Read more »
I’m a great fan of Wipeout. Really glad to see it’s coming back. The show was also available from Australia and either Canada or Great Britain. Their hosts were a little flat compared to the US contests. The 2 John’s worked pretty well together.