Imagine a larger-than-life-sized obstacle course, with more far-fetched hurdles to overcome, all in the name of achieving the most spills, wipeouts and face plants ever witnessed on television.  That's exactly what ABC's newest reality series, Wipeout, promises to deliver.

Hosted by John Anderson of ESPN's SportsCenter and John Henson of E! Entertainment's Talk Soup, Wipeout is a weekly dose of physically arduous yet hysterical challenges guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Each week, two dozen eager and brazen competitors of various ages, shapes, sizes and levels of physical, emotional and mental tenacity and fortitude, go up against each other over four rounds of unique obstacle courses.  Both contestants and courses change on a weekly basis, with each edition's winner bagging the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of “Wipeout Champion.”

With images of the wacky and unquestionably entertaining Takeshi’s Castle of years past, some of the insane obstacles in store for the weekly batch of 24 contenders are: Dizzy Dummy, Dirty Balls, The Dreadmill, Sucker Punch and Big Balls.  The Dreadmill alone will require our daring competitors to jump hurdles on a 40-foot long treadmill at warp speed.  As for the abundance of trials involving balls, executive producer Matt Kunitz explains their penchant for the trusty sphere.

“We discovered early on, every time you bounce off of something, that’s pretty funny,” Kunitz explained to Reality TV Magazine why Big Balls is his personal favorite.  “Just dropping into the water isn’t funny, but if there’s a bounce and a ricochet and another bounce, that’s always good.”

His partner in crime and in running the show then chimed in about what their true objective was in developing the hysterical challenges.

“We look for about 90-95% failure on this show, that’s what we want.  We like to see people pull it off, we like to show that it’s actually doable, you just have to be insanely good at it,” co-executive producer Scott Larsed added.

Casting calls for the upcoming summer series took place all weekends of April while production began late last month.  The series is scheduled to go on air starting Tuesday, June 24, from 8-9pm.  Wipeout is produced by Endemol USA, which is also responsible for such groundbreaking and popular reality contests like Deal or No Deal, 1 vs. 100, Fear Factor, Big Brother and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: ABC, Reality TV Magazine
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