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'Wipeout' Getting Down and Dirty with Nintendo

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2010 8:05PM
ABC's Do you want to experience the awesome majesty of the 'Wipeout' obstacle course but without having to endure the painful humiliation of having to sacrifice your dignity on national television? Nintendo has the answer.

A video game version of the popular ABC game show is headed to the Nintendo Wii and the DS. An official release date has not yet been set.

David Oxford of Activision Publishing said in a released statement, "Watching ABC's 'Wipeout' on TV is outrageous fun, and viewers can't help but dream of trying the obstacles themselves. We designed the video game with this in mind. 'Wipeout: The Game' brings all of the challenge and laugh-out-loud hilarity without the pain."

I assume he means the emotional pain and not the physical, unless of course someone catches you playing it in public.

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Seven shows that need funny commentators more than American Idol

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 22nd 2009 11:05AM
Ellen DeGeneresAmerican Idol's choice of Ellen DeGeneres as a judge replacement threw everyone for a loop, even schlubs like me who don't watch the show.

It's not that she's not talented, successful or funny. It's just an odd choice, putting a comedian on the show that takes its goal of crushing losers' dreams on live television so seriously. It would evoke the same reaction from me if they picked Andrew "Dice" Clay as the new judge, if the Diceman was talented, successful or funny.

And besides, why do they need humor and comedy on such an otherwise serious show? There are lots of humorless, vapid and downright boring shows that are crying out for comedic interjection.

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Hot Video: John Henson Interview for 'Wipeout'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 17th 2009 5:40PM
WipeoutAdmit it: You watch reality TV to see people make absolute fools of themselves. Which is why 'Wipeout' is so much fun.

Back for another season of painful obstacle course playbacks, complete with hilarious sound effects and "expert" commentary, ABC's hit summer show (Wed., 8PM ET) has made the challenges bigger and more impossible than ever.

But let host John Henson tell you how the course is even harder this season -- human cannonballs! bigger balls! -- and what would happen if Shaq's dream to compete were to come true. Did we mention the big balls? Henson does. Several times. Watch our Q&A with him now.

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