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posted 24 June 2008 02:55 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, I'm sure that won't be controversial or anything.

I Survived a Japanese Game Show debuts on Tuesday. ABC, in its last shot at beating cable, has chosen 10 sad cases to recreate some of the tortures of Japanese fun TV.

ABC's capsule descriptions of its contestants fizz with contempt. They're hicks. One is a desperate single mom adrift in "the dating scene of Sandpoint, Idaho." Another hails from Trussville, Alabama. It is made clear that the contestants are trash, and I don't doubt they are, but ABC is trying to have it both ways.

Even the BBC is doing it. They have bought Human Tetris, a segment of Japan's cult hit show Tunnels, and will recreate it as Hole in the Wall. Contestants face a wall speeding towards them across the top of a swimming pool. The wall has a hole, vaguely human-shaped, and the poor sap who signed up for this has to contort himself to get through the hole or he is slammed, soaked and ridiculed.

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