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For the unrelated 1988 syndicated game show, see Wipeout (1988 U.S. game show).
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Also known as Winter Wipeout
Total Wipeout USA
Genre Sports Entertainment
Created by Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen
Directed by J. Rupert Thompson
Presented by John Anderson
Composer(s) Vanacore Music (Theme Song & Underscore)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 130
Executive producer(s) Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen
Producer(s) Heather Finnegan
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Endemol Shine Group
Lock and Key Productions
Distributor Endemol Shine Group
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (2008)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2009–2014)
Original release June 24, 2008 – September 7, 2014
Wipeout is an American game show series in which contestants competed in what was billed as the "World's Largest" obstacle course. Wipeout was hosted and commentated by John Henson and John Anderson, while Jill Wagner acted as the "on-location" reporter. The show aired on ABC from June 24, 2008 until the show aired its final episode on September 7, 2014. The interim host for one season was Vanessa Lachey. The creators and executive producers are Matt Kunitz and Scott Larsen. Distribution of the show was handled by Endemol Shine North America. The show was taped at Sable Ranch in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.
5 Awards and nominations
7 Wipeout: The Game
8 International versions outside the U.S.
9 See also
11 Further reading
12 External links
Wipeout title card used from 2008-2010. The logo can still be seen around the course.
The series premiered on June 24, 2008, on ABC. After his pilot was shot, co-host Elon Gold was replaced. Producers called in Michael Glazer to find a "comic host replacement" that eventually went to John Henson. The first season's success spawned a series of international versions of Wipeout, debuting in countries including the United Kingdom and Argentina in January 2009.
On December 8, 2008, ABC announced plans to counter-program NBC's Super Bowl game-day telecasts with a sports-star-studded episode of Wipeout, entitled "Wipeout Bowl". The episode was broadcast immediately following the game. The episode featured female cheerleaders competing against male "couch potato" sports fans. During the hour-long special, Monica Kauffman became the show's first female competitor to win. Following the episode, an announcement was made that a second season had been commissioned, and a promo for the season was subsequently broadcast.
The second season was broadcast during the summer of 2009. According to TV Week, in 2009 Wipeout became the third most popular game show in the world, based on ratings. On July 22, 2009, Wipeout was renewed for a third season, for which filming began in September 2009.
The third season of the show premiered on June 22, 2010, with a special two-hour "Blind Date" episode preluding the series on June 1. ABC subsequently announced that other themed episodes would appear in Season 3, including episodes featuring ladies only and families. The third-season finale aired on September 14, 2010, with a special "America's Finest Edition", featuring some of America's heroes, including firefighters and policemen.
Co-creator and executive producer Matt Kunitz on the Wipeout Zone part of the course in 2010
On August 15, 2010, ABC announced that the show had been contracted for a fourth season. The announcement added: "Wipeout has the distinction of being the only broadcast reality series launched in recent years that has demonstrated proven staying power." On October 13, 2010, ABC announced plans that the fourth season would be split into three sections – Winter, Spring, and Summer; with a total of 32 episodes: 8 Winter episodes, 7 Spring episodes and 17 Summer episodes. The fourth season premiered on January 6, 2011.
On June 16, 2011, ABC announced that the show had been renewed for a fifth season, and that Vanessa Lachey would replace co-host Jill Wagner on the show. New episodes of Winter Wipeout began on December 8, 2011, with a Christmas special episode, entitled Winter Wipeout: Deck the Balls. That same year, syndicated reruns of Wipeout aired on truTV and TBS.
On August 29, 2012, Wipeout was picked up for a sixth season. In addition, it was announced that former co-host Jill Wagner would be returning to the series after a seas