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We Want to Ride the Cannon Launch on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 27th 2011 1:01AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'The more of these '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) we get to see, the more we want to know where we can line up to get tickets for some of these rides. Our favorite this week was the cannon shot into the ocean.

With the harnesses attached, you know all these elimination methods have been thoroughly tested for the safety of these contestants. That tells us that these stunts are ready for the '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' theme park.

We think the guy who had the wrong answer was actually more excited than scared about getting shot from the cannon. It was a beautiful arc as he soared through the air. Do you think some people intentionally choose the wrong answer to enjoy the ride?

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The Best and Worst of This Week's '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 13th 2011 12:39AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'Let's face it, nobody's watching '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) for the riveting questions. It's all about the outlandish ways in which the contestants are eliminated. We find ourselves now trying to imagine which would be the most terrifying way to go, and the most fun.

This week, we had some good ones to choose from, but decided ultimately that being propped upright on top of a car smashing through containers sounds pretty terrifying. If you could keep your lunch down, you'd probably be convinced you're going to wind up with a concussion.

The guy who got launched off a building after getting hit in the face with his microphone was a little too cheesy to be scary, and it was otherwise just a bungee jump. The one that looked the most fun was the red carpet ride down the street, being dragged by a limousine. That's going out with class!

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Katherine Takes a High-Flying Ride on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 6th 2011 2:13AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'More and more, the eliminations on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) are looking like awesome rides for adrenaline junkies. We could see people lining up for Katherine's fiery exit.

After she wound up with the wrong answer on a question about movies featuring Tom Cruise wearing sunglasses -- surprisingly "All of them!" is not the right answer -- she found herself in the back of a pick-up truck barreling toward the edge of a cliff.

As the truck went over the edge, she got to watch from the air. She'd been secured to a helicopter flying above by a rope. This gave her a spectacular view of the truck crumpling, rolling and ultimately exploding. Sounds awesome, right?

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'Love in the Wild': 2x the Reality, 2x the Fun

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 4th 2011 2:30PM
I've never really followed an entire season of reality dating show, except for Meredith's turn on 'The Bachelorette', mainly because I was pretty sure she was doing it as a joke.

So color me surprised to find I actually enjoyed the debut of 'Love in the Wild' last week and have mentally penciled episode two into my calendar this Wednesday (9PM ET/PT, CTV/NBC). The show definitely hearkens back to the era of 'Paradise Hotel' or 'Temptation Island' but manages to feel like a fresher take on the pretty-people-in-a-hot-tub genre. Basically, it's a blatant attempt to mix 'Survivor' with 'The Bachelor'. The result includes some of the best and worst elements of both of those shows.

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Truck Norris Smashes Into a Contestant on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 2:07AM
Truck Norris, '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'There's another angle to consider with '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). Not only is there the terror fun of getting eliminated in such outlandish ways, but because the contestants know how they'll be eliminated if they're wrong, there's that extra stress looming over your shoulder hindering clear thought.

One round saw them face off against Truck Norris, an enormous monster truck. You could see the contestants each second-guessing their answers and hoping they got it right as they sat there strapped into their cars, knowing the one who was wrong was about to have a monster truck drive right over them.

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Leaving in a Fiery Car Crash on '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 12:16AM
'101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'If you love quiz shows but hate all those boring questions getting in the way, '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) might just be the cure for your summer snooze. With its emphasis on flashy exits for contestants, there's hardly enough time to get through any questions.

That doesn't make the exits any more exciting or crazy to watch. This premiere episode was packed with dangerous stunts that make us think you have to go through a grueling physical to even be allowed to compete.

Our favorite was the car flip exit, where the contestant who had the wrong answer was flipped and wrecked in a car that burst into flames. Absolutely do not try this at home.

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Doing the Math on TV: Our Handy Equations for Summer's New Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 20th 2011 2:00PM
There are a lot of new shows on this summer and, let's face it, they're not all winners. But how do you know? You see a billboard, see a preview, read what TV people like us tell you to watch, but sometimes you need something more concrete.

Enter our handy-dandy mathematical equations for this week's new summer shows!

Expedition Impossible

OK, you're probably thinking that math and TV don't mix, but you're sorely mistaken. One show you love (+) another show you love (+) actors you adore = awesome. A show you kind of like (-) the parts you like = pass. Simple as that.

Here, we've done the math on five new shows premiering this week -- 'Combat Hospital,' 'Commercial Kings,' 'Expedition Impossible,' 'Suits' and '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' -- so put away your calculator and set your DVRs ... or not.

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'Fear Factor' is Back, But When? And What's New? Producer Matt Kunitz Gives Details

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 2nd 2011 9:30PM
'Fear Factor'UPDATE, 06/03/11: Joe Rogan's "very high on the list" to host the new 'Fear Factor,' according to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. He told 'EW' that producers haven't made any decisions, but they'll sit down with Rogan and see if he's interested. Goldberg also confirmed that NBC has already ordered 10 episodes.

Today's news that 'Fear Factor' will return to NBC after five years off the air came as a bit of a surprise -- guess the new higher-ups at the network were fans back in the day.

But there was very little information out there to report on, other than the fact that NBC and production company Endemol USA were ready to start doing casting calls.

We had a lot of questions: What will the show look like now? Are there new challenges in store? Will host Joe Rogan return? And when will this new season premiere?

So we turned to executive producer Matt Kunitz to get the scoop. Before dishing about all of that and more -- including 'Idol,' 'The Voice,' 'Wipeout' and his new upcoming ABC show '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' -- Kunitz giddily started the chat by saying, "I think you're the first person in six years that I've actually introduced myself to as Matt Kunitz from 'Fear Factor.' [Laughs] It's exciting!"

Keep reading for more, as well as scoop on their plans to make 'Fear Factor' 2.0 "bigger and badder."

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AOL TV's Guide to Summer Reality Competitions

by Jean Bentley, posted May 26th 2011 9:00AM
Big BrotherIt's no secret that the networks pad their summer schedules with cheap-to-produce reality fare. And we're fine with that -- who wants to spend the summer indoors glued to the TV waiting for the next suspenseful episode of 'The Good Wife,' anyway? Instead we can come back from the pool/beach/watering hole of your choice and turn on some fun, mindless reality competition series.

One problem -- with a wealth of shows to choose from, how do we decide which ones to add to the DVR queue? From wannabe dance divas to house-bound roommates, here's a guide to the reality competition series vying for your viewership during the summer months. Which ones will you watch?

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ABC Picks Up '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show'

by Audrey Fine, posted Jun 9th 2010 1:01PM
ABCFasten your seat belts, 'Wipeout' fans: The reality game show genre is about to reach new heights.

From Endemol USA, the producers of ABC's hit "watch people ricochet off giant rubber balls" series, 'Wipeout' (its third season is in full swing, airing Tuesdays at 8PM), comes '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show,' a trivia show with a twist.

Rather than responding to questions from the safety of a studio podium, contestants will be, say, 30 feet off the ground in a catapult and, should they answer incorrectly, will be ejected from the game Wile E. Coyote-style.

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