In addition, it was announced that former co-host Jill Wagner would be returning to the series after a season-long absence. It quickly became the top-selling app in the App Store. On May 9, , season six premiered. In its sixth season, Wipeout celebrated its th episode. On January 22, , Wipeout was renewed for a seventh season. For the first time, winners from each episode were brought together for a "Tournament of Champions" at the end of the season to compete for the title of Ultimate Wipeout Champion.
On June 22, , the seventh season began, with new episodes airing on Sundays. Season seven ended on September 7, Wipeout appeared to have been renewed for an eighth season in a new version named Wipeout Extreme ; however, by the summer of , ABC had quietly canceled the show and removed it from the ABC website. Wipeout returned to syndicated reruns starting in the fall — season, this time to local stations. It is also available as a standalone linear channel, which includes the U.
Contestants compete through four rounds of competition until a final winner is chosen. The first round features 24 contestants they were introduced from seasons , but from season 4 onwards, not all were shown running through a series of obstacles. The top 12 finishing times move on. The show never made clear to viewers whether or how the finishing times are adjusted for failing to complete obstacles along the way.
The next two rounds take place on two different complex obstacles. They typically involve large structures that competitors have to enter, navigate around while hostile devices try to knock them off, and then jump to a landing pad to finish, where Jill Wagner awaits them. The competitors keep trying on these structures until roughly half of them have reached the finish; the other half are eliminated. The challenges change each week, but always feature offbeat and comical obstacles, such as the "Sucker Punch", "Big Balls" the show's trademark obstacle, four very large red spheres in sequence that must be traversed from a running start, with failures often resulting in odd-angle rejections , the "Sweeper", the "Dizzy Dummy" or the "Dreadmill".
Emphasis is always placed on obstacles that can produce sudden jarring collisions the obstacle surfaces are heavily padded and competitors sometimes don helmets or flak jackets followed by spectacular falls into the water below, these being the show's titular "wipeouts". As part of wiping out, the competitors often end up covered in mud, froth, vats of food, or other unlikely substances. In one of the show's trademarks, the commentators have a humorous running commentary, often mocking and insulting the contestants as they compete.
The hosts make frequent use of puns. Jokey sound effects and cheesy visual effects are often added as well. The exchanges between the two hosts is often a subplot of episodes themselves, with Anderson playing it mostly straight as a play-by-play man while Henson offers up off-the-wall inanities and non sequiturs as color commentary.
Jill Wagner offers additional features reactions, and also provides interviews with the contestants filmed before their turn begins. These interviews tend to emphasize bizarre aspects of contestants' personalities, with Wagner making facial commentary as the conversation proceeds. Generally only those who will pass the first round are introduced, and a nickname is assigned that is used throughout the game. At night, the show takes an epic and serious turn, with the humor dialed down, and serious background music instead of its lighthearted theme music.
The final four or three contestants play separately on a large obstacle course inside the studio called the Wipeout Zone, each attempting to finish the course in the fastest time, much like the first round.
Though slight variations are used in each episode, contestants wear wetsuits and they begin by either sliding down a water ramp or being launched by a giant catapult or blob into the course, swimming to the first obstacle. Obstacles have varied between episodes, but the course contains several obstacles that must be traversed in order to reach the finishing platform.
Some obstacles can be skipped for a time penalty, but the last obstacle s has to be completed in order to reach the finishing spot. The Wipeout Zone often brings competitors to the brink of exhaustion, especially when they have to swim back to a starting point to retry a failed obstacle.
On its premiere night, Wipeout scored the highest premiere rating of any new show in summer , besting competing veteran summer shows Hell's Kitchen and America's Got Talent. On August 6, , Wipeout was officially renewed for a second season. On January 6, , the first season of Winter Wipeout premiered with the series' highest ratings ever, beating the 8pm competition in the coveted demographic and many other key demos.
The concept and style of the show has been compared to several Japanese game shows , most notably Unbeatable Banzuke and Takeshi's Castle. Among the charges are that ABC bought search terms such as MXC the Americanized comedy version of Takeshi's Castle on Google to help drive traffic to the official Wipeout page, and that specific obstacles in Wipeout were knock-offs of challenges in those Japanese game shows. Wipeout has also been adapted into a video game, Wipeout: The Game , which was released June 22, , along with the Season 3 premiere. In the game, the player can choose from 23 different characters.
There are four categories of characters, with each category having a certain amount of "Speed" and "Strength" for the player, which varies based on their body sizes. The "Small" characters have great Speed but little Strength.
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The "Medium" characters have a more balanced amount of Speed and Strength, with neither one serving as the dominant trait. And the "Large" characters have great Strength but little Speed. These first three categories all have 6 different characters each; 3 females and 3 males, and each character having 3 different outfits.
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The fourth category is "Special," which has a high amount of Speed and Strength. There are 5 characters in this category, including the three hosts. The game is played in two different versions. Challenge mode is where the player can challenge specific obstacles and attempt to beat them in a certain amount of time. The other is Play The Show, which means to play the game as they would in the show.
They go through the Qualifier round first, and advance to the Sweeper round second. The third round, Free For All, has 3 different versions. Challenging level has players on the Unclaimed Baggage, and the Extreme level has them on the Double Crosser. Finally, they go through the Wipeout Zone. The Wii game is different from the show and its Nintendo DS counterpart in that there are only 4 contestants, and none are eliminated during the first three rounds. The game has commentary by Henson, Anderson and Wagner, all three of whom are featured as unlockable playable characters.
It took full advantage of the Kinect remote and has ragdoll wipeouts and different rounds from the Wii and DS version, such as Bruiseball. The game was released "in conjunction with the premier of Wipeout's summer season on ABC"  on June 16, The new game is described as "Offering updated, outrageous course designs across all platforms with obstacles and effects taken straight from the show's summer and winter seasons. Players must navigate around snow, ice, foam, and fan-favorite obstacles like the Sucker Punch Wall and Big Balls; which are making their triumphant returns alongside more than 50 others".
It was released on October 11, Endemol Shine North America has sold the "Wipeout" format to more than 40 territories and has created two obstacle courses in Argentina for those international editions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the unrelated syndicated game show, see Wipeout American game show. American television game show. See also: List of Wipeout obstacles. Over million votes were cast.
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