Apparently, the sight of helpless people falling flat on their faces against fake mud is a joy that doesn't go away that easily. The goofy ABC reality-competition show Wipeout
drew in 9.5 million viewers on its second week, just a slight decline from its debut, and second only to NBC's America's Got Talent
. Amazingly, Wipeout
also topped the finale of Hell's Kitchen
by some 1.8 million viewers.
One of the producers of MXC
, a redubbing of a Japanese cult favorite Takeshi's Castle
, however, is not jumping for joy. Wipeout
is understandably reaping comparisons with MXC
, which, when you think about it really, is a ripoff in itself.
In any case, Larry Strawther, one of the producers of MXC
, is crying foul over Wipeout
, which, all things considered, does look a lot like MXC
. According to him, he created a video showing side-by-side moments from the two shows to emphasize the similarities, but it was pulled from YouTube after five days. In its place, it says that Wipeout
producers filed a copyright violation, which Strawther will be fighting with a counter protest of his own.
, which is looking to be this summer's surprise hit, features 24 seemingly normal, everyday people compete on an extreme obstacle course, with such contraptions like sucker-punch wall and a “dreadmill.” If they fail the stunt, they fall off, and land, mostly face first, into muddy water. The winner takes home $50,000.
-Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: LA Times
, Kansas City
(Image Courtesy of ABC)