ABC reportedly renews ‘Wipeout’

07.22.09 8 years ago

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Saddened by the idea of a summer without bellyflops, faceplants and ball-bouncing? Worse not, sports fans. ABC is reportedly renewing “Wipeout” for a third season.

“We’ve always maintained that because ‘Wipeout’ is a big, exciting stunt show and also a comedy that it had the ability to be a long-lasting show,” David Goldberg, chairman of Endemol North America, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “In this climate, any time you can get a show that’s on the new side picked up for more episodes is exciting.”

In its second season, “Wipeout” is averaging 8.8 million viewers in its Wednesday 8 p.m. home. Even facing tough competition from FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Wipeout” has generally been victorious even in the coveted 18-49 demographic, averaging a 3.1 rating.

The trade story indicates that producers plan to build a largely new obstacle course for next year, but that the trademark giant balls will return. 

Nope. There’s just no way of writing that without making it sound gross.

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