ABC To Run Special Edition Of "Wipeout" Opposite The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


I didn't know that ABC was so high on Wipeout, but apparently they think so much of the show that they are running it opposite of the Boss. Bruce Springsteen is performing during halftime of the Super Bowl this year (or next rather), but ABC will be giving you the opportunity to watch "Big Balls" instead.

But that's not the best part. No the highlight of ABC's two-part show will be the addition of a "sideline reporter". Who is that reporter you ask? Well it's none other than Michael Irvin! Via the Live Feed....

The Disney-owned network will air a brief football-themed “Wipeout” special against NBC’s official halftime show headlined by Bruce Springsteen. Then, during NBC’s post-Bowl presentation of “The Office,” ABC will air an hourlong “Wipeout” in which cheerleaders compete against male “couch potato” sports fans.

The strategy will mark the first time in five years a major broadcast network has gone after a rival’s Super Bowl momentum with original entertainment programming.

The two-part ABC special — dubbed “Wipeout Superball Sunday” — pulls out all the stops to cater to NFL fans: Hall of Famer Michael Irvin will lend sideline commentary, the Navy’s Blue Angels will perform a flyover, the USC marching band will storm the course, contestants will run a gantlet with quarterbacks pelting them with footballs, NFL luminaries will stop by the commentary booth, and the show’s signature Big Balls obstacle has been converted into jumbo-sized footballs.
I poked a good deal of fun at the show before, but in all honesty, this isn't that bad of an idea. Most everyone will still be watching Springsteen, however a few might change the channel just to check out cheerleaders on the "Big Balls".

ABC to 'Wipeout' the Super Bowl (The Live Feed)

9 Comments:

Maybe Stacey Dales was upset ESPN didn't gave this role to Irvin instead of her.

walnuts said...
Dec 9, 2008, 1:15:00 PM  

I only recogize the Wipeout that featured the great Peter Tomarken.

GMoney said...
Dec 9, 2008, 1:27:00 PM  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0OTBuabMkE

You can find anything on You Tube.

stephen said...
Dec 9, 2008, 1:38:00 PM  

As expected, the Panthers-Giants game has been moved into the 8:15 PM spot 12/21. This means the Chargers-Buccaneers moves to CBS at 1 PM, and Eagles-Redskins and Falcons-Vikings become Fox's doubleheader at 4:15 PM.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 9, 2008, 2:17:00 PM  

I really think the prime halftime show is the fighting cats and dogs on Animal Planet. Its no joke. Its a must watch trainwreck!

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2008, 2:53:00 PM  

Is Jill Wagner still a part of it I wonder?

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2008, 5:07:00 PM  

Whoa, whoa, whoa. This show is not worth watching without Jill Wagner. Tell me she isn't going away. I don't want The Plea Maker cutting into her on-air time either.

Mal said...
Dec 9, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

By default, any programming is preferable to the aural horror of Springsteen. Even the test pattern.

I will be checking it out.

Maynard said...
Dec 9, 2008, 6:23:00 PM  

Mal, that show isn't worth watching at all...Jill Wagner or not.

samuel said...
Dec 10, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

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