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Gwyneth Paltrow to Cover Adele on 'Glee', 'What Not to Wear' Gets Season 9 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 11:30AM
Gwyneth PaltrowAdele is getting the 'Glee' treatment, but not from a regular New Directions member.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 'Glee' guest star Gwyneth Paltrow will sing Adele's 'Turning Tables' from the British singer's hit album '21.'

When Paltrow debuted on the Fox series she was tasked with belting out Cee Lo Green's chart-topping 'Forget You.'

In other TV news ...

TLC has renewed 'What Not to Wear' for a ninth season. After a move from Friday to Tuesday nights, the series has maintained good numbers, around 1.2 million viewers per episode. Stacy London and Clinton Kelly will return for 26 new episodes starting in August. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jill Wagner is leaving 'Wipeout.' The co-host will leave after this summer's batch of episodes in order to focus on her acting career. She's appeared on 'Punk'd,' 'Monk' and 'Bones.' [TV Guide]

The 'Desperate Housewives' stars have signed a new deal, keeping them in place for a season 8. Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria will all make $325,000 per episode, up from $275,000. The deal is for one year with an option for a season 9. [TVLine]

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Self-Styled 'Force of Nature' Dominates the 'Wipeout' Course (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 11:10PM
Frank Beasley is a red-headed force of nature. Or, he's a "freak of nature," according to the hosts of 'Wipeout' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). Frank is also one of the current contestants on the game show, and he pretty much just rocks out -- starting with a crazy fist-pump when he's at the starting line.

Long-haired Frank then goes on to dominate the course. He avoids such challenges as giant condoms popping out of doors (or at least, that's what it looks like -- we're not really sure), and being punched in the face with boxing gloves. And in the end ...

[Spoiler alert.]

... Frank wins the show! Congrats. He makes this statement upon winning the $50,000 prize: "GHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH." Excellent! And well put, Frank!

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Man Boobs on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 22nd 2010 10:40PM
Man Boobs on 'Wipeout'Michael White has "moobs." Or, if you need a translation for that term, he has "man boobs." But as a contestant on 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC), he could win $50,000. And what would he use that money for? Why, breast reduction surgery, of course! Yikes.

"Goodbye, boobies!" Michael yells, as he stands at the starting line of the 'Wipeout' obstacle course. But first, host Jill Wagner wants to check this "moobs" situation out. Michael pulls up his shirt, and Jill reaches out towards Mike's pendulous, heaving ... male bosoms. Which is when the 'Wipeout' announcers start screaming: "No! Jill! Cut to Camera Two!"

Will Michael win the contest, and the 50,000 bucks? Will he achieve his impossible dream of getting smaller male breasts? Will he ever reduce his cup size? You'll have to watch the clip to find out.

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A Ballerina Gets Hit on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 16th 2010 12:05AM
A Ballerina Gets Hit on 'Wipeout'And we're back with 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC). On the latest episode of the series, we get to see the intriguing spectacle of a professionally trained dancer -- who gets punched in the face by objects on a reality TV show.

Contestant Andrea Brache is a professional ballerina. So she's probably very limber and stuff. And that may or may not help her on this show. Will she be a good contestant? Maybe. Or maybe not.

Or maybe -- as seems much more likely -- we might just see her be embarrassed on national television. It's all par for the course on 'Wipeout'!

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A Funke-Ho on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 9th 2010 2:40AM
A Funke-Ho on 'Wipeout'Welcome to the land of funny names! On the latest episode of 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC), we get to meet Ms. Jessica Funke-Ho. "Funke-Ho," get it? It just sounds very silly.

The 'Wipeout' hosts have a million jokes to make about the poor girl's name. Meanwhile, we get to watch her being knocked off the obstacle course and being bashed into a pool of water, as is pretty standard for players on the game show. But let's return to the whole "Funke-Ho" issue for a second. ... Or would you like to make up your own jokes?

"That is one funky ho," says host Jill Wagner. Meanwhile, Ms. Funke-Ho is busy jumping around on giant balls in the obstacle course. Seriously, if you're having trouble coming up with jokes at this point, then we don't know what to say to you.

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Blob Launch on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 6th 2010 10:15PM
Blob Launch on 'Wipeout'Welcome back to 'Wipeout'! It's the reality series that provides you with all your loosely-Japanese-inspired painful game show needs. If you want to see contestants get punched in the face, or be knocked two stories in the air only to fall in a pool of water, then you've come to the right place.

The latest episode of the show (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) introduces a new version of an obstacle course stunt. It's called the "Blob Launch" and it's ... a giant inflated pillow that sits in the water. People and weights are dropped onto it from several stories up, and the waiting contestant is then launched into the air by the force of the blow, to crash randomly somewhere upon impact.

The show is narrated by John Henson, a truly funny person who was once the host of 'The Soup.' Now, he makes jokes over a soundtrack of fake sound effects. ... Can we all pause to shed a tear for the career of Mr. Henson?

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Does the 1,000th 'Wipeout' Player Win or Lose? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 2nd 2010 12:25AM
Does the 1,000th 'Wipeout' Player Win or Lose?Let's all welcome Quan Pham, the 1,000th contestant on the reality game show 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC). He's the 1,000th! Cool. We all like semi-random milestones. But will this be a good milestone or a bad one? Will he win or lose?

Quan starts out strong, ducking obstacles, bouncing on top of giant 'Mario Bros.'-style mushroom things, and even dodging random garbage that is thrown at him by a man dressed up as a knight. (And if you're expecting any of this to make sense, then you're watching the wrong show.) But in the end, Quan ...

... Loses to another guy and does not get the $50,000 prize. Sad! We had such high hopes. Well, maybe the 2,000th player will do better. Or the 3,000th.

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The Winner of 'Wipeout' Is a New Mom (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 29th 2010 11:40PM
The Winner of 'Wipeout' Is a New Mom'Wipeout' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) is a competitive reality game show featuring a potentially dangerous obstacle course. So naturally, the person you want to throw into that type of scenario is a recent mother who has just given birth.

But magically, it all works out! Jill is the proud mother of a new nine-pound baby. Not only does she survive the obstacle course, but she excels at it. She beats all the other contestants, and wins the $50,000 prize.

As an added benefit, if you want to see a new mom get repeatedly hit in the head and knocked into huge pools of water, well, you've come to the right place. And also, that's a slightly odd thing to want to see, but hey -- this is reality TV.

But seriously, congrats to Jill! That's an incredibly impressive feat on her part, and she won $50,000. Maybe she can put it into a college fund for her new child.

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The Ultimate Wipeout on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 22nd 2010 10:40PM
The Ultimate Wipeout on 'Wipeout'Wipeout! Let's see how many times we can use that word in this article.*

The reality game show 'Wipeout' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) is often kind of painful and terrifying. If you want to see people being hit in the face and being knocked into pools of mud and water, then you've definitely come to the right place.

The new season of 'Wipeout' has upgraded its obstacle course -- which means even more pain for its contestants. We get to see women and men being horribly pummeled over and over again. Awesome.

And by the way, 'Wipeout' kind of reminds us of a grown-up version of 'Double Dare.' Which leads us to ask this question -- can someone please bring back 'Double Dare'? Does anyone even remember that show? It was great. It featured green slime and kids climbing through twenty-foot tall peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. What a cool, cool show.

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'Wipeout' Host Jill Wagner Talks New Obstacles, Themed Shows & Big Balls (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 15th 2010 10:00AM
Jill Wagner, 'Wipeout' hostJill Wagner is tough. Not only does she take barbs from 'Wipeout' co-hosts John Henson and John Anderson like a champ, she does it all on the ground where mud flies, water splashes and contestants are dropping like flies.

'Wipeout' is returning for a third season (premieres Thurs., June 22, 8PM ET on ABC) and they've got a twist on the "motivator" and some new themed episodes to spice things up. Of course, when you combine a theme like moms and sons with those Big Balls, it's TV gold. "Moms and sons definitely need to experience Big Balls together," Wagner says with a straight face. Love her.

Watch and see what else the delightful Ms. Wagner had to say about meeting fans, taking bribes to get people on the show and why "watching people fall is just funny." Agreed!

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Why We Love 'Wipeout'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 14th 2010 5:37PM
Next week, ABC's summer hit 'Wipeout' returns for a third season, and I'm pretty excited. (I think we Canadians have 'Wipeout' on the brain because a Canuck version of the show was announced recently and is in the last few weeks of casting, so it's been all over the entertainment press up here.)

While I was considering putting together an audition tape, I discovered that despite the show's ratings success, a lot of my friends have never even heard of it, despite the fact that I've been singing its praises. Here is a list of reasons to love 'Wipeout':

1. It's Family Friendly

While sitcoms and animated fare have become increasingly R-rated, reality shows have taken over primetime as some of the only shows families can watch together. 'Wipeout' has proven a favorite with kids, with parents reporting that their offspring build obstacle courses in the living room to test their own mettle, and wish fervently for a kids' version. Younger kids miss the saucy commentary for the most part, but the constant references to balls are sure to delight those in the third grade and up.

Even More to Love After the Jump!

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Blind Dates Compete Against Each Other on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 1st 2010 11:15PM
Blind Dates Compete Against Each Other on 'Wipeout'It's blind date vs. blind date on the season premiere of 'Wipeout' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). Twelve pairs of contestants are paired up for the most bizarro first date ever -- running an obstacle course while repeatedly being squirted with slime.

Contestant Jen says that she's looking for an "athletic" guy, but her blind date partner Paul falls a little short in that department. In the meantime, Jen turns out to be the true athlete, bouncing and backflipping off of giant mushroom-looking things in the obstacle course. It looks like she's in a real-life version of a video game; 'Super Mario Bros.' maybe, for example.

The judges are suitably impressed. "Wow," is the reaction to Jen's performance. "W-O-W."

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Wipeout renewed for a third season

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2009 4:30PM
WipeoutAs I've mentioned here before a few times, I'm a fan of Wipeout. It's silly and pretty much boils down to people getting hit by something and falling down into water or mud, but I'm a guy and sometimes I want to watch a show where somebody gets hit by something and falls into water or mud.

A lot of other people like the summer show too, and now ABC has announced that the show has been renewed for a third season.

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Stargate Universe gets a green light

by Brett Love, posted Aug 22nd 2008 10:03AM
Sci Fi LogoWith that pesky business of putting the kibosh on season six of Atlantis out of the way, Sci Fi is now ready to announce that they are giving the Stargate Universe project a green light. The show will kick off with a two hour movie early next year and transition to a regular series for the summer. Creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper will be the executive producers.

Universe will follow a new cast of characters on the adventure that comes after they explore a ship launched by the Ancients, Destiny. The reconnaissance mission takes a dramatic turn when they discover that the ship can never return to Earth. They are along for the ride as the ship carries on with it's pre-programmed navigational schedule. The adventure comes during periodic stops at stargates. The danger is that if anyone is left behind, there is no way to go back for them.

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ABC to Wipe Out with new reality show

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2008 10:24AM
Jill WagnerIf you love America's Funniest Home Videos -- and I know a lot of you do because the show's been running since 1989 -- you're the likely target audience for something new from the network. ABC plans to produce Wipe Out, a new reality competition from producer Matt Kunitz (Fear Factor).

The idea for the show is to create -- rather than collect a la AFHV -- spills, splats, crashes and wipe outs ever seen on TV. Endemol USA (Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, 1 vs. 100) is producing the show for ABC.

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