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Falling Down for Fun and Profit

June 17, 2008 4:44 PM

For those jonesing to see people fall down, ABC’s Tuesday-night lineup starting June 24 will fill the bill.

“Wipeout,” premiering at 8 p.m., is essentially an American version of Spike TV’s Japanese-derived “MXC,” with snarky voiceover hosts insulting contestants getting thrown all over a huge obstacle course.

Of course, “Wipeout’s” game “Big Balls” doesn’t hold a candle to “MXC’s” “Floaters and Sinkers.”

But, the falling down doesn’t stop there because premiering at 9 p.m. is “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” where 10 American contestants are flown to Tokyo to take part in a … wait for it … a Japanese game show.

The lineup of games includes “Chicken Butt Scramble,” in which contestants break balloons dressed as chickens, and “Why Is This Food So Hard to Eat?” In that game, one teammate runs on a fast treadmill while another tries to eat food off the running teammates head.

Both of these shows received pretty positive reactions at ABC’s upfront presentation, so drawing any comparisons between these shows and the movie “Idiocracy’s” faux-hit show “Ow, My Balls” is a bit premature.

Click play to get a jump on all the getting-hurt goodness.

Andrew Krukowski


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