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[08/29/12 - 09:56 AM]
ABC Picks Up "Wipeout" for a Sixth Season
Plus: Jill Wagner to return as co-host for the new season.

[via press release from ABC]

THE BIG BALLS ARE COMING BACK, AND THEY'RE BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER, AS ABC PICKS UP "WIPEOUT" FOR A SIXTH SEASON

Co-host Jill Wagner Set to Return Next Season

"Wipeout," ABC's popular reality series, has been picked up for a sixth season. The next installment of the hit game show will include its 100th episode milestone, set to air in 2012-13. Twenty-four adventurous players of all shapes and sizes will compete in the world's largest extreme obstacle course designed to showcase the best body flips, biggest splashes and amazing wipeouts that the entire family can enjoy. Next season will also bring back Jill Wagner as co-host. "Wipeout" recently won the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in the Favorite Reality Show category. The series will be hosted by John Anderson (ESPN's "SportsCenter"), John Henson (E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup") and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTV's "Teen Wolf").

"I'm thrilled that we will hit a major milestone in our sixth season, our 100th episode. We'll be celebrating all season long with brand new over-the-top courses and the return of Jill Wagner to the 'Wipeout' family," said Matt Kunitz, creator and executive producer.

Upon its return, viewers can expect all1new courses, with bigger and better obstacles than ever before. The ever popular Big Balls will be back, and the challenging Qualifier will include many twists and surprises for contestants vying to earn a spot in the completely redesigned Wipeout Zones, as players try their best to bring home the $50,000 grand prize.

ABC's "Wipeout" emerged as the 2011-12 season's No. 1 show overall for Family Co-Viewing on the major networks (Adults 18-49 watching with Teens and Kids).

"Wipeout" executive producers are Matt Kunitz ("101 Ways to Leave a Game Show," "Fear Factor") and Scott Larsen. 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 unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. David Goldberg is Chairman and CEO of Endemol North America. The company produces the hit series "Big Brother" (CBS), "Chicagolicious" (Style), "Jerseylicious" (Style), "Love in the Wild" (NBC) and "Wipeout" (ABC). They are also known for producing some of the most popular non-scripted primetime programming in North America, including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Fear Factor." Endemol USA launched Endemol Studios in August, 2011 following Endemol USA's successful development of the break-out hit series "Hell on Wheels" (AMC), which was recently ordered for a second season. Endemol USA's subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Endemol Studios, 51 Minds, Original Media and True Entertainment. Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands and the UK, has over 80 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 31 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Endemol is a privately held company. For more information, please visit http://www.endemolusa.com

"Wipeout" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

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





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