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Cartoon Network Revives 'Hole in the Wall' ... And Other Game Show Mistakes

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 21st 2010 11:32AM
It's one of the better trends of modern television: networks stepping in to rescue canceled shows. DirecTV, for instance, recently saved the critically acclaimed FX series 'Damages' from certain doom, while Comedy Central brought cult favorite 'Futurama' back from the dustbin of history. And most famously, of course, Fox corrected its own mistake by bringing back 'Family Guy' after a massive fan outcry that lasted years. Yes, these days, quality, popular series will often get a second lease on life.

And apparently that's also the case for unpopular nonsense.

Yes, it's hard to believe, but as we mentioned yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Cartoon Network has decided to revive the decidedly unacclaimed and short-lived Fox game show 'Hole in the Wall.' That show, you may recall, features people on a giant treadmill who have to contort themselves, Tetris-style, to fit through cutouts in a series of rapidly approaching walls.

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What's On Tonight: Law and Order: CI, Mad Men, Venture Brothers

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 24th 2008 4:02PM
  • Olympic ringsAt 7, NBC has the final night of the Olympics.
  • G4 has a new Hurl! at 7.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • ESPN2 has The Breeder's Cup Challenge horse race.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8.
  • G4 counts down the 20 hottest Women of the Web at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • USA has the season finale of Law and Order: CI at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News special at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has the season finale of Generation Kill.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • BBC America has a new Skins at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has the season finale of Venture Brothers.
  • IFC has the series premiere of Z Rock at 11:30.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Food Network cooks up competitive eating show

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 18th 2008 12:01PM
Hot dog eating Perhaps it's unfair to prejudge, but I am really, really disappointed in the Food Network. The announcement that they are planning a new series that involves competitive eating called Eat the Clock sounds like a sell-out.

It sounds like Food Network is following in the footsteps of classy shows like Hurl and Fear Factor. I expect better from the network that espouses to be about the best in food and cooking, not how fast you can jam it down your throat.

The same company that's behind Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels, Pie Town Productions, has cooked up Eat the Clock. They're comparing it to The Amazing Race, but with eating contests thrown up -- I mean, in. There will be travel involved, which relates to Rachael's travel show. Maybe they'll have Rachael try her gullet at consuming mass quantities. (Oh wait, that's the Coneheads.)

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What's On Tonight: Iron Chef America, Law and Order: CI, Bob Saget

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2008 4:02PM
  • In Plain SightNBC has coverage of the Olympics all night.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • ESPN2 has more Little League World Series action at 8.
  • TCM has On The Town at 8, followed by Singin' in the Rain.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9.
  • There's a new Generation Kill on HBO at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has the premiere of Skins. It's followed by another new episode.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, then a new Two Coreys.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • Lifetime has a new Army Wives at 10.
  • Comedy Central has The Bob Saget Roast at 10.
  • G4 has a new Code Monkeys at 10, then a new Hurl.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, followed by a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Human Wrecking Balls -- What's next? The Coliseum?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 17th 2008 1:04PM
Human Wrecking Balls to Debut on G4I was searching around for something interesting to write about tonight and came across a piece on Human Wrecking Balls, a new series premiering on G4 this fall.

According to the G4 Web site, the show features brothers Craig and Paul Pumphrey (combined weight: 550 lbs.), who demolish everything from boats and cars to houses and bars using Only Their Bare Hands. (Picture Tim the Tool Man doing his "Arr, arr, arr" here.)

"Guys seem to have an innate fascination with watching demolition," says Neal Tiles, President of G4. "Add to this the science behind it and the idea of two brothers doing all the demolition physically, and we think Human Wrecking Balls is an excellent addition to our programming line-up."

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What to Watch Weekend Aug. 9-10

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 9th 2008 6:00AM
'Damages'
(Sat., 7AM, FX) 1st season marathon
What's all the Emmy fuss about? If you haven't seen the much-nominated Glenn Close/Ted Danson legal thriller, here's your chance to save a few DVD-buying bucks, as the network reruns all 13 season one episodes.

Sure, season two isn't expected until 2009, but with the critically-acclaimed drama earning Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy nods for Danson and Zeljko Ivanek, as well as an Oustanding Lead Actress nomination for Golden Globe winner Close, there's no time like the present to settle in for this summer marathon.

Did newbie lawyer Ellen really kill her fiancé David? Will shark attorney Patty win her case against Enron-ish scandal-making billionaire Arthur Frobisher? Who are Ellen, David, Patty and Frobisher? Only one way to find out ...


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What's On Tonight: ESPY Awards, Law and Order: CI, Next Food Network Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2008 4:02PM
  • Venture BrothersAMC's Mad Men marathon runs all night until 1am.
  • BBC America's Spaced marathon continues until 9pm.
  • At 7, G4 has a new Hurl!
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • ABC has the premiere of High School Musical: Get in the Picture at 8.
  • Disney has a new Hannah Montana at 8, followed by a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8, then new episodes of Iron Chef America and Next Food Network Star.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece at 9.
  • ESPN has the ESPY Awards at 9.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels starting at 9, followed by a new Two Coreys.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9.
  • HBO has a new Generation Kill at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News at 9.
  • Sundance Channel has a new Shameless at 9.
  • Also at 9: HGTV has a new Design Star.
  • At 9:30, TCM has Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • E! has a new Denise Richards: It's Complicated at 10, then a new Living Lohan.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Fat Guy Stuck In Internet.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Hurl: Episode 1 (series premiere)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2008 8:58AM

Hurl

"It's like a good poop." - Hurl contestant about vomiting

It's odd that the grossest thing about Hurl isn't the scenes where the contestants vomit. Or maybe I should say it's not the only gross thing about the show (watching other people throw up isn't one of my favorite pastimes, after all). It's equally unpleasant to watch people shove food into their mouth as fast as they can, talk while they're doing it, and burp a lot to make more room for food. I don't even want to think about all of that.

It starts out with five guys (and I'm sure most of the contestants are going to be men, call me psychic) who have to eat a bunch of some food (mac and cheese in this first episode). The food is on a scale and the three that have eaten the most move on (the announcer says that they have to actually swallow the food or it doesn't count, but I didn't see any subtraction for food still in the mouth, they just went by the scale numbers). The three survivors are then shoved into big metal balls and spun around for five minutes. Then comes the eating of pies and more spinning and (possible) hurling. The winner gets $1,000 and a trophy, which doesn't seem like enough.

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What's On Tonight: All-Star Game, Hurl, The Cleaner

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 15th 2008 4:05PM
  • Rescue MeAt 8, ABC has a new Wipeout, followed by new episodes of I Survived A Japanese Game Show and Primetime: Family Secrets.
  • FOX has baseball's All-Star Game at 8.
  • NBC has a new Celebrity Family Feud at 8, then a new America's Got Talent.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • G4 has the premiere of Hurl! at 9, followed by a new special, E3 '08 Live.
  • PBS has a new Wide Angle at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9, followed by a new After the Catch.
  • There's a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay on Food Network at 9.
  • At 10, A&E has the premiere of The Cleaner.
  • FX has another new Rescue Me minisode at 10.
  • Also at 10: Sci-Fi has a new ECW.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Are you ready to Hurl?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2008 2:02PM

Nathan's champ KobayashiGame show titles have a way of telling you exactly what you can expect if you tune in to them. The Price Is Right is about guessing prices, Card Sharks was a game that involved a deck of cards, and Match Game was about matching your word with the word picked by a celebrity. Of course, the whole list of examples breaks down a bit when you consider Jeopardy!, which could be about anything, really.

But add to the list Hurl, the new game show coming this summer to G4. To quote from the network, it's a show that "combines speed-eating with intense physical challenges." Yes, you read that right.

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