Everyone’s a Critic: Less is more
June 28th, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Less is more

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: Watching “Wipeout” is not an intellectual pursuit in which one strives to find deeper symbolism about the meaning of life and the evolution of society vis a vis the physical hardships perpetrated upon a group of well-meaning volunteers seeking fame and fortune.

“Wipeout” is basically an hour of fall-down-go-boom. And that hour is funnier than it has any right to be.

Yes, it is in many ways a rip-off of “Most Extreme Elimination Challenge.” But it’s entertaining, often because of the visceral reaction that we have to seeing people innocuously get hurt. Why do you think “American’s Funniest Home Videos” lasted so long?

I was on board with “Wipeout” from its premiere in the summer of 2008, and spent the first three seasons of the show watching religiously and trying to recruit others to watch, too.

And now that the fourth season has started? I couldn’t care less.

The problem is that when “Wipeout” started its new summer season last week, it came on the heels of a spring season… which came on the heels of a winter season. And quite frankly, I’m wiped out.

When you over-saturate the market with your product, you’re undercutting the demand for it. Which is why, with each additional “season” of the show these past six months, my interest waned more and more.

This has happened before, and on the same network, in fact. Remember what a ratings juggernaut “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” was in the early 2000s? ABC rode that show into the ground, airing it multiple times a week, burning out the audience and eventually leading to the cancellation of the primetime version.

Now go check your TV listings for “Wipeout” this week. It’s on Tuesday AND Thursday, just like last week. So not only were we overwhelmed with winter, spring and summer seasons, now we’re inundated with multiple episodes per week.

It’s a terrible cliché, but there really can be too much of a good thing, and finding that balance between maximum value and total overload can be tricky.

Whoever decided once upon a time to air “American Idol” only once a year was a genius. But what happens when “Idol” comes back in the spring after a fall of “X Factor” (and a longer run of “The Sing-Off”) and a summer of “The Voice”? Will viewers be maxed out on singing competitions?

Sadly, “Wipeout” crossed that line into overload for me earlier this year. And a show that was enjoyable when it aired exclusively during one season, is about to have its “season pass” deleted.


soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Smoke on the HotDog

    Looks like he is diving in for a rousing game of..."Bobbin for Weiners."

    June 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mominABQ

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Why is showing it twice a week a bad thing? Its better than watching the other BS that passes for "quality" TV. I for one am glad that there is actually something funny to watch instead of the drivel on tv nowadays.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. duh

    Hey genius, MXC isn't a "ripoff" of takeshi's castle. It IS takeshi's castle with the audio tracks replaced so moo-rons like you can laugh at the poop jokes.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Come On

      Who cares. America still took another Countries program and made it there own.
      What else is new?

      June 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Madd Crapper

    Looks like he is diving he first into Larry Flynts butthole.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard Stroker

    Hi josie, you can call me d*ck

    June 29, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Josie

    I need to meet a guy with big balls, then i wont need to go the gym every time i wanna use the punching bag.

    June 29, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Josie

    Good night and big balls!

    June 29, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
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    June 29, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Come On

    "Yes, it is in many ways a rip-off of “Most Extreme Elimination Challenge." which is a rip off of Takeshi's Castle.
    Any ways who actually watched this show?

    Ive seen one series of it and "Believe it or not" it wasnt the American version (I hardly ever watch American versions of tv shows::they usually end up sucking). It was the Iceland version. Thought that was lame enough & have yet to watch any thing else from this franchise

    June 29, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Evel Knievel

    It looks like that dude in the pic is bouncing between two huge testic1es.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. apples

    I think MXE was a better show. This one just tries to hard to be like it.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Request

    This article desperately needs some trolls... Jordan Bienstock Fail.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |

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