AltWeeklies Wire

A New Crop of Game Shows Take On-Air Debasement to a New Lownew

Watching a real Japanese game show conjures up mixed feelings of glee at the rampant creativity and sadness for the desperate contestants who'll do anything for money or attention. Watching shows like Wipeout and Hurl! is merely depressing, a reminder that when faced with a choice between originality and exploitation, American reality-TV producers will almost invariably choose the latter.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Josh Bell  |  07-25-2008  |  TV

Game Show Imports Like 'Wipeout' are a Study in Orientalismnew

Poking fun at the insanity of a Japanese game show isn't new. But now that mockery is being married with a shrewd commercialism as the very concepts that were once gently derided are Americanized.
Willamette Week  |  Daniel Carlson  |  07-09-2008  |  TV

Narrow Search


Hot Topics

Narrow by Date

  • Last 7 Days
  • Last 30 Days
  • Select a Date Range