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USA Network dips into Talpa’s splashy competition series “Cannonball”

American cable entertainment channel USA Network is diving into the deep end with the aquatic competition series Cannonball from Talpa Media USA and ITV Entertainment. The 10-episode series, based on the original ...
July 18, 2019

American cable entertainment channel USA Network is diving into the deep end with the aquatic competition series Cannonball from Talpa Media USA and ITV Entertainment.

The 10-episode series, based on the original format by MasMedia and licensed by Talpa Global, will pit 16 contestants in head-to-head water-based competition through four rounds of physical challenges.

The elimination style competition series will see hopefuls competing across myriad challenges including the speed slide mega-ramp, the drop tower and the air cannon, among other obstacles, until one champion remains and is awarded a cash prize.

Cannonball was created by Talpa’s John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Shye Sutherland, Keith Geller, Bernie Schaeffer and Stijn Bakkers.

The game-show format is slated to premiere on USA Network in 2020.

Cannonball is pure fun in the sun for the whole family to enjoy,” said Heather Olander, SVP of alternative development and programming for USA Network, in a statement. “Filled with splashes, laughs and friendly competition, we are all thrilled to add such an energetic series to our schedule.”

The series order expands USA’s ever-growing pool of unscripted programming, which now includes family docu-comedies Chrisley Knows BestGrowing Up Chrisley and The Radkes; the WWE-inspired Miz & Mrs, and the forthcoming Straight Up Steve Austin; and the anticipated reboots of The Biggest Loser and reality dating series Temptation Island.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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