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Wipeout is an American game show series in which contestants compete in what is billed as the "world's largest obstacle course". The series premiered on June 24, 2008 on ABC. Wipeout is hosted and commentated by John Henson and John Anderson while Jill Wagner acts as the "on-location" presenter. The executive producers are Matt Kunitz (Fear Factor) and Scott Larsen. Distribution of the show is handled by Endemol USA.
The show is taped at the Golden Oak Ranch in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California, 40 miles north of Los Angeles. On July 22, 2009, Wipeout was renewed for a third season. A new set was erected in August 2009 and filming began in September 2009. The Season 3 premiere of the show was on June 22, 2010. A special 2 hour "Blind Date" episode aired on June 1st as a Season 3 sneak peek. ABC has also announced that other themed episodes in Season 3 would include "Ladies Night" and "Family Edition."
In January 2009, several international versions of Wipeout debuted in countries including the UK (known as Total Wipeout) and Argentina.
In 2009, according to TV WEEK, Wipeout became the third most popular game show in the world, based on ratings. 
On January 11, 2010, Entertainment Weekly crowned "Wipeout" the winner of the Guilty Pleasures Reality TV Showdown.
In February 2010, Wipeout was nominated for the 2010 Kids Choice Awards for favorite reality series.
On March 18, 2010, Activision announced the show would be made into a video game titled Wipeout: The Game, set to be released along with the show's third season. The game was released on the Nintendo Wii & Nintendo DS. On April 7, 2010, they released a trailer for the game on their Facebook page, along with a confirmed release date of June 22, 2010.
On August 15, 2010, ABC announced that the show was renewed for a 4th season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The next round of the Endemol-produced series will feature two new obstacle courses, including a fresh "motivator" for the infamously difficult Big Balls, the classic sweeper with a new twist and obstacles such as the Lawn Mower and the Sky Scraper Slide. The paper added that "Wipeout has the distinction of being the only broadcast reality series launched in recent years that has demonstrated proven staying power."
OMFG, this show is fucking awesome! Just saw it accidentally for the first time after catching Obama's "mission accomplished" speech. Anyone who enjoys a healthy dose of schadenfreude and was brought up on 1980's video games will love this this. Here's a link to watch full episodes: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fabc.go.com%2Fshows%2Fwipeout&rct=j&q=wipeout%20tv%20show&...Pt_51ZQ&cad=rja
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