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If you want to be on Wipeout, you have to sign a huge release

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2008 2:21PM

WipeoutSo I watched a repeat of the first episode of ABC's new game show Wipeout, and I'm not sure what to think of it. Like most American males, I like seeing people* fall from high, wet places and get punched in the face, but I'm not sure how many weeks I can watch the thing. I'm also not happy with the plugged-in comments from the hosts (John Henson and John Anderson) we have to listen to. For every really funny comment there are seven that make you groan. And I wonder if the show will just grow tired after a few weeks.

But there's no denying that there are some wild stunts here. Everytime someone goes sailing off that ramp in the dark or bounces on those giant balls and their body jackknifes and hits the water I'm thinking, these people could easily break their necks. Sure, Survivor has crazy challengs and Fear Factor had nutty stunts, but this stuff seems especially dangerous. And that's why ABC has them sign a 50 page release.

The network is covering their butts on this one. Besides the release they have each player sign ("Player states that if he if is stupid enough to sign up for a dangerous game show and breaks his neck bouncing off a giant ball, ABC is cleared of all responsibility..."), they have each event/course tested by a team of experts called The Black and Blue Squad (which was going to be the name of this site until we changed our minds). They test the depth of the water, how consistent the mud is, and make sure everything is padded enough. Which is good, because you don't want your death certificate to read "killed by giant balls."

* By the way, is there some law now that says contestants on game shows have to act like dicks? I mean, really. Remember when we never found out the personal background/attitude/personality of a contestant on a game show, unless it was Jeopardy, where they're interviewed by Alex Trebek? Now game shows can't just have regular contestants, they have to be trash talkers and they have to brag and insult the other contestants. Wipeout has contestants like that. It's an odd thing on this show, really, because even though we don't find out much about the contestants (they just seem to show up, their names are splashed on the screen, and they hit the water), they still seem irritating and over the top.

[via TV Tattle]

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Zakir Hakeem

Iam from Afghanistan, I watch this Show regularly on TV. I love to participate in this Show live. Iam very Athletic, Iam Smart tall guy, Age 27.This is my Aim to join, anyone who complete my Aim.

Please contact me how to join. zafridi99@yahoo.com

contact number 00923005859911

February 18 2011 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J-man

A note to those of you who keep saying you want to be on the show. J

ust like any show, you can go to the website of the network it's on (in this case, ABC) click the link for WipeOut, and then the link to try out, or be on the show. Just follow the instructions if you meet the qualifications (ie... live in California).

I'm not on the show.... yet, but I passed the audition phases, and am up for the physical exam now. All I did was send them an email telling them why I want to be on the show. Took a couple months, but they called me up, and it went from there. The same really applies to most TV shows, I would imagine.

September 12 2008 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shannon

Apparently you do not know what you are talking about. The commentary is amazingly funny and only adds to the comedy. They've aired many episodes so far and I've consistently watched everyone, as well as most others have. Next time watch the show more than once, then write a review. Oh, and try to watch it with a clear unbiased opinion. K thanks.

September 10 2008 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BrandonPorter

I want to be on wipeout and if I win the grand prize I am gonna share it with all of my family and even have some for me

July 23 2008 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ernesto

i want to be on this show i think that this show is great and very funny. if you have any info on how to get on the show please let me know.

July 17 2008 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ernesto

i wanna to be on wipeout

July 17 2008 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arthur

i want to be on this show i think that this show is great and very funny. if you have any info on how to get on the show please let me know.

July 02 2008 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Kutchka

I want to find out I can register to be on the show. Please let me know as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Eric Kutchika

July 02 2008 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

watching Jill Wagner crack up when the people fall is the best part ...

wish they could give her a real show though

July 02 2008 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mstjedi

I love MXC, but now that I don't have cable and have yet to get MXC on DVD, this is the next best thing. Yeah, Ninja Warrior is more serious, but I prefer the humorous take of Wipeout, honestly. That and, again, I don't have cable.

July 01 2008 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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