Apparently this has been snatched up for the U.S. now.
Fasten your seat belts, 'Wipeout' fans: The reality game show genre is about to reach new heights.
From Endemol USA, the producers of ABC's hit "watch people ricochet off giant rubber balls" series, 'Wipeout' (its third season is in full swing, airing Tuesdays at 8PM), comes '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show,' a trivia show with a twist.
Rather than responding to questions from the safety of a studio podium, contestants will be, say, 30 feet off the ground in a catapult and, should they answer incorrectly, will be ejected from the game Wile E. Coyote-style.
"I love the show, it's tonally between 'Fear Factor' and 'Wipeout,'" Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg said in Variety. And he should know. Including the two he mentioned, Endemol Entertainment has produced a wide variety of shows ranging from hits like 'Extreme Makeover' and 'Deal or No Deal' to lesser known fare like 'Gay, Straight or Taken?' and 'Celebrity Circus.'
A British version of '101 Ways' is also underway and the two will be shot in Argentina where, Endemol says, labor, goods and services are less expensive. They should know. The company currently produces 24 global editions of 'Wipeout' there.
Although the pilot is set to shoot in August -- with American contestants getting to wing on down to South America to compete -- a host has yet to be named.
Here are some BBC authorized clips of the UK version, to get a taste of this:
Leaving the show via a shopping cart:
Leaving the show via a "Ball of Doom":
Leaving the show via walking the plank:
Leaving the show by driving a bike off the tower:
It's absolute CRAP, but all the more hilarious because of that.
Oh, found some more clips. Again, this is the UK version--so this is just to get a taste of what they're likely to do for the upcoming American one. I'm sure the U.S. one will up the game and make the ejections ever crueler, right?
Leaving the show by being tossed off lawn furniture:
Leaving the show by being flipped backwards out of an armchair:
FINALLY one which breaks the samey-same "into the pool" formula--leaving the show by being dragged behind a Drag racer:
Back to the pool - leaving the show by being dumped out with the trash:
Leaving the show by being dragged down by an Anvil:
Leaving the show via being flipped over in a stock racing car:
Leaving the show via a rocket sled:
Leaving the show via a huge boxing glove:
There are even yet more up there, but I think that's enough...