Wipeout (2008 U.S. game show)
|Also known as||Winter Wipeout
|Created by||Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen|
|Directed by||J. Rupert Thompson|
|Presented by||John Anderson (2008–present)
John Henson (2008–present)
Jill Wagner (2008–2011, 2013–present)
Vanessa Lachey (2011–2012)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||130|
|Executive producer(s)||Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Endemol USA
Lock and Key Productions
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV) (2008)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2009–present)
|Original run||June 24, 2008– currently on hiatus|
Wipeout is a game show series in which contestants compete in what is billed as the "world's largest obstacle course". Wipeout is hosted and commentated by John Henson and John Anderson, while Jill Wagner acts as the "on-location" presenter. The interim presenter for one season was Vanessa Lachey. The creators and executive producers are Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen. Distribution of the show is handled by Endemol USA. The show is taped at Sable Ranch in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. The show holds a "TV-PG L" rating for mild language by participants and some crude humor. Syndicated reruns of Wipeout are airing on truTV and TBS.
The series premiered on June 24, 2008, on ABC. After the pilot was shot, co-host Elon Gold was replaced. Producers called in Michael Glazer to find a "comic host replacement" that eventually went to John Henson. The first season's success spawned a series of international versions of Wipeout, debuting in countries including Great Britain and Argentina in January 2009.
On December 8, 2008, ABC announced plans to counter-program NBC's Super Bowl game-day telecasts with a sports-star-studded episode of Wipeout, entitled "Wipeout Bowl". The episode was broadcast immediately following the game. The episode featured female cheerleaders competing against male "couch potato" sports fans. During the hour-long special, Monica Kauffman became the show's first female competitor to win. Following the episode, an announcement was made that a second season had been commissioned, and a promo for the season was subsequently broadcast.
The second season was broadcast during the summer of 2009. According to TV Week, in 2009 Wipeout became the third most popular game show in the world, based on ratings. On July 22, 2009, Wipeout was renewed for a third season, for which filming began in September 2009.
The third season of the show premiered on June 22, 2010, with a special two-hour "Blind Date" episode preluding the series on June 1. ABC subsequently announced that other themed episodes would appear in Season 3, including episodes featuring ladies only and families. The third-season finale aired on September 14, 2010, with a special "America's Finest Edition", featuring some of America's heroes, including firefighters and policemen.
On August 15, 2010, ABC announced that the show had been contracted for a fourth season. The announcement added: "Wipeout has the distinction of being the only broadcast reality series launched in recent years that has demonstrated proven staying power." On October 13, 2010, ABC announced plans that the fourth season would be split into three sections - Winter, Spring, and Summer; with a total of 32 episodes: 8 Winter episodes, 7 Spring episodes and 17 Summer episodes. The fourth season premiered on January 6, 2011.
On June 16, 2011, ABC announced that the show had been renewed for a fifth season, and that Vanessa Lachey would replace co-host Jill Wagner on the show. New episodes of Winter Wipeout began on December 8, 2011, with a Christmas special episode, entitled Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls.
On August 29, 2012, Wipeout was picked up for a sixth season. In addition, it was announced that former co-host Jill Wagner would be returning to the series after a season-long absence. John Anderson and John Henson, also returning as hosts.
On August 30, 2012, Activision released the mobile App Wipeout game for iOS. It quickly became the top-selling app in the App Store.
On May 9, 2013, season six premiered. In its sixth season, Wipeout celebrated its 100th episode.
On January 22, 2014, Wipeout was renewed for a seventh season. For the first time, winners from each episode will be brought together for a "Tournament of Champions" at the end of the season to compete for the title of Ultimate Wipeout Champion.
On June 22, 2014, the seventh season began, with new episodes airing on Sundays.
Awards & Nominations
|2009||Rose d'Or||Entertainment Category||Nominated|
|2010||Entertainment Weekly||Guilty Pleasure Reality Showdown||Won|
|2010||Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Series ||Nominated|
|2011||Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Series ||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Reality Competition Show ||Nominated|
|2012||Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Series ||Won||Wipeout won the award for the first time, dethroning American Idol, which had won the category every time since its inception. Over 220 million votes were cast.|
|2013||Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Series ||Won|
|2014||Kid's Choice Awards||Favorite Reality Series ||Won|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Series ||Won|
On its premiere night, Wipeout scored the highest premiere rating of any new show in summer 2008, besting competing veteran summer shows Hell's Kitchen and America's Got Talent. As the season progressed, Nielsen Media Research put it at the top of the 18-49 demographic, slightly outpaced by America's Got Talent. On August 6, 2008, Wipeout was officially renewed for a second season. The second season premiered on May 27, 2009, and with an audience of 9.69 million, Wipeout bested its first season average and gave ABC its best numbers in the Wednesday 8:00pm slot since November 2007. The third season premiered on June 22, 2010, with ratings of 10.21 million, with a special "Blind Date" episode getting 12.8 million viewers on June 1, 2010.
On January 6, 2011, the first season of Winter Wipeout premiered with the series' highest ratings ever, beating the 8pm competition in the coveted 18-49 demographic and many other key demos.
The concept and style of the show has been compared to several Japanese game shows, most notably Sasuke and Takeshi's Castle. This was brought to the attention of the Japanese broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System, who filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against ABC, charging that Wipeout is "a blatant copycat" of several of its classic Japanese competition game shows. Among the charges are that ABC bought search terms such as MXC (the Americanized comedy version of Takeshi's Castle) on Google to help drive traffic to the official Wipeout page, and that specific obstacles in Wipeout were knock-offs of challenges in those Japanese game shows.
Wipeout creator and executive producer Matt Kunitz, who also executive produced Endemol's Fear Factor (NBC), said Wipeout is "90% Fear Factor-inspired, 10% Japanese game show", adding in a Los Angeles Times interview that Wipeout was born from a desire to do a funny stunt series. He reportedly wanted to sell the show as Fear Factor meets America's Funniest Home Videos. The suit was settled in December 2011 through mediation with a federal judge without going to trial.
Wipeout: The Game
Wipeout has also been adapted into a video game, Wipeout: The Game, which was released June 22, 2010, along with the Season 3 premiere. The game was released on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS, and was developed by Activision. In the game, the player can choose from 23 different characters. There are four categories of characters, with each category having a certain amount of "Speed" and "Strength" for the player, which varies based on their body sizes. The "Small" characters have great Speed but little Strength. The "Medium" characters have a more balanced amount of Speed and Strength, with neither one serving as the dominant trait. And the "Large" characters have great Strength but little Speed. These first three categories all have 6 different characters each; 3 females and 3 males, and each character having 3 different outfits. The fourth category is "Special," which has a high amount of Speed and Strength. There are 5 characters in this category, including the three hosts. The game is played in two different versions. Challenge mode is where the player can challenge specific obstacles and attempt to beat them in a certain amount of time. The other is Play The Show, which means to play the game as they would in the show. They go through the Qualifier round first, and advance to the Sweeper round second. The third round, Free For All, has 3 different versions. In the Easy level, the Free For All features players spinning on the dizzy dummy, and then going across the Tipsy Tables or the Spinning Platform. Challenging level has players on the Unclaimed Baggage, and the Extreme level has them on the Double Crosser. Finally, they go through the Wipeout Zone. The game is different from the show in that there are only 4 contestants, and none are eliminated during the first three rounds. The game has commentary by Henson, Anderson and Wagner, all three of whom are featured as unlockable playable characters.
Another Wipeout game is under development by Activision, this time for Xbox 360 with Kinect, entitled 'Wipeout: In The Zone'. It will take full advantage of the Kinect remote and has ragdoll wipeouts and different rounds from the Wii and DS version, such as Bruiseball. The game was released "in conjunction with the premier of Wipeout's summer season on ABC" on June 16, 2011. Activision announced on August 18, 2011 that a direct sequel to the first Wipeout game was in development titled Wipeout 2 for Xbox 360 with Kinect, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. The new game is described as "Offering updated, outrageous course designs across all platforms with obstacles and effects taken straight from the show's summer and winter seasons. Players must navigate around snow, ice, foam, and fan-favorite obstacles like the Sucker Punch Wall and Big Balls; which are making their triumphant returns alongside more than 50 others".
It was released on October 11, 2011. Activision announced on June 25, 2013 that a new title called Wipeout: Create & Crash will be released on Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS on October 15, 2013.
Endemol USA has sold the "Wipeout" format to more than 40 territories and has created two obstacle courses in Argentina for those international editions. Past, current and upcoming versions include:
|Arab World||وايب أوت
|Mustafa Alagha, Tamer Abd El-Monem, Karen Derkalostian||MBC 1||May 2009||Arabic|
|Argentina||Hombre al agua||Sebastián Weinbaum and Eugenio Weinbaum (Season 1, 3), Ivan de Pineda and Luli Fernendez (Season 2)||Canal 13||January 5, 2009||Spanish|
|Australia||Wipeout Australia||Kelly Landry, James Brayshaw and Josh Lawson||Nine Network/Go!||3 February 2009 – 24 March 2009||English|
|Alexandra Pavlova and Ivan Vabishevich||ONT||Launch in 2011||Russian|
|Belgium||Wipeout||Walter Grootaers, Bob Peeters & Lynn Pelgroms (& Wytske Kenemans)||VTM||March 4, 2009||Dutch|
|Brazil||Maratoma||Fausto Silva||Rede Globo||July 19, 2009||Portuguese|
|Canada||Wipeout Québec||Valérie Simard, Alain Dumas and Réal Béland||V||August 31, 2009||French|
|Wipeout Canada||Jonathan Torrens, Enis Esmer,Jessica Phillips||TVtropolis||April 3, 2011 – June 26, 2011||English|
|Chile||Hombre Al Agua||Martín Cárcamo and Álvaro Salas||TVN||March 6, 2009||Spanish|
|Colombia||Hombre Al Agua||Pirry and Andrea Serna||RCN TV||December 2011||Spanish|
|Croatia||Wipeout||Marina Jerkovic||RTL Televizija||April 12, 2009.||Croatian|
|Czech Republic||Wipeout - Souboj národů||Libor Bouček, Janka Hospodárová||Nova||June 29, 2011||Czech|
|Denmark||Wipeout||Uffe Holm, Martin Veltz and Anne Kejser||Kanal 5||March 5, 2009||Danish|
|Finland||Wipeout Suomi||Anna Easteden||Fox||2013||Finnish|
|France||Total Wipeout||Stéphane Rotenberg, Alex Goude, Sandrine Corman||M6||July 17, 2009||French|
|Germany||WipeOut – Heul nicht, lauf!||Charlotte Engelhardt, Matthias Opdenhövel and Werner Hansch||ProSieben||March 10, 2009||German|
|Greece||Wipeout||Christoforos Zaralikos, Dimitris Menounos, Eleni Karpontini (season 1), Giorgos Lianos (season 2)||ANT1||February 6, 2010||Greek|
|Iceland||Wipeout Ísland||Sigmar Vilhjálmsson, Jóhannes Ásbjörnsson and Friðrika Hjördís Geirsdóttir||Stöð 2||December 11, 2009||Icelandic|
|India||Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout||Shahrukh Khan and Saumya Tandon||Imagine TV||February 1, 2011 – February 25, 2011||Hindi|
|Italy||Wipeout - Pronti a tutto!||Lillo e Greg||K2||3 October 2010||Italian|
|Kazakhstan||Channel 7 ||March 9, 2013||Kazakh|
|Tal Berman and Aviad Kisos||Channel 10||May 10, 2011||Hebrew|
|Mexico||Resbalón||José Ramón San Cristóbal, Eduardo Videgaray||Televisa||August 29, 2009||Spanish|
|Japan||ワイプアウト日本 (Nippon's Wipeout)||TBA||Fuji TV||March 24, 2013||Japanese|
|Lithuania||Jokių kliūčių!||Džiugas Siaurusaitis||TV3||January 10, 2009||Lithuanian|
|Mozambique||O Gram Caida||Noel Serra, Cristian Aureliano Maranhao||Promomedios Televisor||September 12, 2010||Portuguese|
|Netherlands||Wipeout||Wytske Kenemans, Dennis Weening, Klaas van der Eerden, Lynn Pelgroms||RTL 5||February 15, 2009||Dutch|
|Norway||Wipeout||Anders Hoff,Øyvind Rafto, Synnøve Skarbø||TVNorge||March 2, 2009||Norwegian|
|Pakistan||Wipeout Pakistan also known as Big Splash||Geo TV||Urdu|
|Poland||Wipeout - Wymiatacze||Tomasz Zimoch, Krzysztof 'Jankes' Jankowski,
|TVN||February 13, 2011||Polish|
|Dmitry Dibrov, Kirill Nabutov, Yana Churikova||Channel One||7 March 2010||Russian|
|Serbia||Wipeout||Ivan Tešanović and Miljan Milićević||FOX Televizija||November 8, 2009||Serbian|
|Spain||¡Guaypaut!||John Anderson, John Henson, Jill Wagner||Boing||December 24, 2008||Spanish|
|Slovakia||Wipeout - Súboj národov||Janka Hospodárová, Libor Bouček||Markíza||July 3, 2011||Slovak|
|Slovenia||Wipeout||Jernej Kuntner and Tomaž Cuder||TV 3||Slovenian voice-over of the American version since season 3||Slovene|
|Sweden||Wipeout||Felix Herngren, Hans Wiklund, Sofia Wistam||Kanal 5 (Swedish)||March 8, 2009||Swedish|
|Turkey||Wipeout||Asuman Krause||Show TV||January 30, 2009||Turkish|
|Ukraine||БУМ, Битва українських міст
BUM, Bytva Ukrayinskyh Mist
|Stepan Kazanin, Valeria Ushakova, Alexander Krikun||Inter TV||March 7, 2010||Ukrainian|
|United Kingdom||Total Wipeout||Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram||BBC One (BBC One HD),
|3 January 2009 – 31 December 2012||English|
- In Canada, The original United States series airs on Global for the first 5 seasons where City aired the 6th; the French-Canadian television V also aired the United States series but dubbed in French. The original United States series also airs in in the UK on Watch and Dave (as Total Wipeout USA), New Zealand on TV3, in Australia on Nine Network; in the Philippines and India on AXN and also on Comedy Central in India, in the Netherlands on RTL 5, and in Hong Kong on TVB Pearl.
- The Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, and Sweden produce separate versions of the show based on the same footage of contestants from the three countries competing against each other.
- The Dutch version is a collaboration between the Netherlands and Belgium.
- The American, British, Canadian and Australian versions are broadcast in Portugal on FX and also the spanish and argentinian versions and a rerun of the first season in Portuguese on +tvi.
- The Italian version is made from the USA show, with the original audio still audible; some episodes are taken from the UK version, Total Wipeout.
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