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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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'Wipeout Canada' Auditions a Crazy Time

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Jul 20th 2010 12:42PM
Judging from the scene this past weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canadians have gone crazy for 'Wipeout.' Thousands of people milled about, some dressed in capes and costumes, others covered head-to-toe in Canadiana. One guy even shaved his body hair to read 'Wipeout Canada.' That, my friends, is dedication.

When it was all said and done, 44,619 Canadians applied to be on 'Wipeout Canada.' If you have any knowledge of demographics, you'll realize that that's almost 1 in every 750 Canadians, and it's also more people than the population of the Northwest Territories. The all-Canadian edition of this massively-popular series is slated to air on TVTropolis in spring 2011, and this stop in Toronto was one of three -- the other two are planned for Vancouver and Calgary.

Former 'Jonovision' host Jonathan Torrens and 'Young People F---ing' star Ennis Esmer will co-host the Canadian edition, and Jessica Phillips will be on the front lines of all the 'Wipeout Canada' action as the commentator. TV Squad was asked to help participate in the judging of the contestants, and I've got to say I now have an incredible sympathy for Simon Cowell and his ilk -- judging is hard!

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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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A Surprise Winner on 'Wipeout' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 24th 2010 10:36PM
So here we are in Season 3 of 'Wipeout' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) and each week we watch 24 contestants -- all ages, shapes and sizes -- hoping to make it through the world's largest extreme obstacle course. They get smashed, beat, pummeled, muddied and generally physically assaulted in an attempt to make it through the course, be named "Wipeout Champion" and, of course, come away with some cash.

[Spoiler alert]

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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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Just the FAQs: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 'Wipeout'

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 21st 2010 3:20PM

It really is all about the Big Red Balls. Those giant rubber orbs are synonymous with 'Wipeout,' and are the cause of many a trouncing of a show contestant, of course. But how did producers come up with idea? How do they come up with any of the Rube Goldberg-y contraptions that keep lulling viewers into thinking they can conquer whatever unexpected zonks the course will throw at them? And how do they/whose job is it to test the ever-changing 'Wipeout' course?

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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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Jonathan Torrens Still Talkin' TV

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Jun 14th 2010 12:38PM

Canadian funnyman Jonathan Torrens, known for his 90s show 'Jonovision' and his white-trash stint on 'Trailer Park Boys', is keeping very busy these days. On top of rolling out 26 new episodes for Season 2 of his talk/sketch show 'TV With TV's Jonathan Torrens', he's also going to be co-hosting 'Wipeout Canada,' which is slated to debut in 2011.

TV Squad caught up with him to talk about all things TV - from 'Jersey Shore' to Mario Lopez to why everyone loves 'Wipeout'.

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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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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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