Air Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#427) "Ballsy's Playground"
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"Ballsy's Playground" - "It's called Ballsy's Playground, but to be honest, he grew up in a bad neighborhood," says host John Henson. Ballsy's playground is in full swing as contestants take a whirl at claiming the $50,000 prize. Contestants including a Make-up Artist, a Sewer Rat, a Photobomber and the Broken Hearted go head to head as they all face off against The Road Trip on their way to the most challenging obstacle of all, the Wipeout Zone. 24 players start the day with the grand prize in mind, but after a day filled with amazing falls, floundering flips and refreshing water dips, only one will be crowned the "Wipeout" Champion! Hosted by John Anderson (ESPN's "SportsCenter"), John Henson (E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup") and co-hosted by Jill Wagner, "Wipeout" airs THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Each week, 24 new exciting contestants of all ages, shapes and sizes go head to head through four rounds of demanding but hilarious obstacle courses to win the title of "Wipeout Champion" and the $50,000 grand prize. In the end, only one contestant will win, while everyone else will Wipeout!

"Wipeout" is hosted by John Henson (E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup") and John Anderson (ESPN's "SportsCenter"). Jill Wagner is co-host. "Wipeout" executive producers are Matt Kunitz ("101 Ways to Leave a Game Show," "Fear Factor") and Scott Larsen. Shye Sutherland, Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. The series is produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the chairman of Endemol North America.

About Endemol USA

Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the mega hits "Deal or No Deal," "Wipeout," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Big Brother." Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a prominent international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 25 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group. For more information, please visit www.endemolusa.tv. Endemol is a privately held company.

"Wipeout" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.

For more information on "Wipeout," visit ABC.com

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