And they are about to change the way North America does it. Japan is the source of almost all Western pop culture and trends today, which is why ABC has decided to bring us:
Wipeout (Tuesdays 7:00 PM)
Human cannonballs! Human pinballs! Crashes, smashes and mud splashes! Twenty-four thrill-seekers will compete in the world’s largest extreme obstacle course designed to provide the most spills, face plants and wipeouts ever seen on television.
Each week 24 daring new contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes will go head to head through four rounds of grueling and physically demanding but wildly hilarious obstacle courses to win the title of Wipeout Champion and the grand prize of $50,000. The contestants and the courses change every week, with over-the-top obstacles including “Dizzy Dummy” the “Dirty Balls” and “The Dreadmill” – which will have contestants jumping hurdles on a 40-foot long treadmill at warp speed. In the end, only one contestant will win, while everyone else will Wipeout!
I Survived a Japanese Game Show (Tuesdays 8:00 PM)
The show features 10 Americans – many of whom have never traveled outside the United States — who are whisked away to Japan and compete in the ultimate Japanese game show…with hilarious results. The final winner will take home $250,000.
Both shows seem to come with the same premises. ‘Wipeout’ takes place in North America and is more of a ‘classic’ game show where there are new contestants every week. ‘I Survived A Japanese Game Show’ is take the ‘reality’ series approach and feature 10 contestants for the whole series in what I supposed will be elimination contests every episode till only 1 remains. The series is actually filmed in Japan. Though very different, both shows are set to give us a GREAT laugh!!
Be sure to catch these new shows Tuesdays on ABC (Channel 13 on MTS, Channel 7 for Shaw)