via press release:
BUNDLE UP AMERICA… WINTER “WIPEOUT” IS BACK WITH AN ALL-NEW
SNOW FILLED COURSE FEATURING SNOW SHOVEL TROUBLE, PAIN IN THE ICE,
CANDY PAIN LANE AND THE OBSTACLE BUILT FOR ALL SEASONS –THE BIG BALLS — PREMIERING THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 ON ABC
New Co-host Vanessa Lachey Kicks off the Premiere, Braving the Elements and
Interviewing Contestants on the World’s Largest Obstacle Course
“A Sight for Sore Ice” – Host John Henson says “Be sure to watch Winter ‘Wipeout’ — same cold conditions, new hot co-host.” The weather outside is frightful, but the season premiere of Winter “Wipeout” is delightful, as 24 winter warriors battle head-to-head in a frigid free for all for $50,000. Players first take on the frost bitten qualifier with some brand new obstacles designed to lift spirits in more ways than one — Snow Shovel Trouble, Pain in the Ice and Candy Pain Lane, which boasts the ultimate sugar crash — and the obstacle built for all seasons, the classic Big Balls. As an added bonus, players who are able to knock off “Smallsy” from the fourth Big Ball will receive $500 cash. Cheerful contestants provide an avalanche of falls, shivering spills and bitter cold blunders, but only the final three who withstand the freezing temperatures with the fastest times will face the all-new, most challenging Winter Wipeout Zone ever. Hosted by John Anderson (ESPN’s “SportsCenter,”), John Henson (E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup”) and new co-host Vanessa Lachey (“ABC’s True Beauty”), Winter “Wipeout” airs THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Each week, 24 energetic new 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 be victorious while everyone else will Wipeout!
“Wipeout” executive producers are Matt Kunitz (“Fear Factor,” “100 Ways to Leave a Game Show”) 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.