Global production/distribution company Endemol has announced four new game show formats that it’s bringing to MIPCOM, describing them as ‘larger than life.’ With challenges ranging from cleaning giant houses to having people shot out of cannons, the phrase seems appropriate.
One show in particular is giving new meaning to the phrase ‘show launch.’ This year’s portfolio is headed up by 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow, which promises to eject losing contestants from the show, literally. Whether they’re being shot out of cannons, catapulted, or tossed into the air with parachutes, contestants being pitched from the show only learn of their fate once they’re, well, pitched from the show.
Endemol Argentina’s creative team has provided XXS in which three families compete against each other to finish sets of household chores for a cash prize. Sounds easy enough, but here’s the twist: the chores are to be completed in a house where everything is scaled to be 100 times bigger than the contestants. We’re curious to see the toilet cleaning episode.
Pointless, from Endemol UK, gives the winnings to the team with the fewest points. Questions are asked to a panel of 100 people, who supply answers ranging from the most obvious to the terrifically obscure. The team that supplies an answer that no one else came up with wins. Also from Endemol UK, Against the Odds features another concept involving a panel of 100, in which challenges are undertaken by 100 people and the competing teams have to predict how many people they can beat when they take the challenge.
Endemol will also be bringing returning formats such as Wipeout and The Whole 19 Yards to the market, as well as a raft of third party product. Third party titles include Jerry Seinfeld’s foray into unscripted formats, The Marriage Ref, which will be making its debut in Cannes. The American version of the show is produced by Shed Media US for NBC Universal and is set to debut in March 2010.