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'Wipeout': Tonight's 'They deserved it!' ranking

Only six people died tonight on ABC’s Wipeout.

Just kidding, but I’m still convinced the muddy water under this increasingly absurd obstacle course is a mass grave containing scores of the insane human specimen who chose to compete on this show. Here are the standouts from tonight’s “Brains vs. Brawn” challenge, in descending order of how much they deserved their brutal demises. READ FULL STORY

What midseason TV has you hot and bothered?

Parks-Recreation-Amy-NickImage Credit: Justin Lubin/NBCWatching TV this week is like participating in the opening scene of The Walking Dead — you’re an aimless zombies shuffling around on abandoned city streets, ready to lunge at a tasty rerun of The Barefoot Contessa at any moment. But lo! The 2011 midseason TV cometh. Hark! A new crop of shameless teenagers think they can sing. Paula Abdul will presumably live to dance. Oh, there will be so much new TV in January. And bitter cold, and depression, and fat. But focus on the TV! So much TV. (Check out our lists of start dates for the broadcast networks and the cable networks.)

What midseason TV are you dying to see right now? My top five:

5. TV Land’s Retired at 35, starring Jessica Walter as a hopefully Lucille Bluth-esque mom
4. NBC’s David E. Kelley/Kathy Bates legal drama, Harry’s Law
3. Survivor: Redemption Island, because Dalton Ross insists it’s going to be great and I know I’ll constantly be messing up and calling it Temptation Island.
2. Parks and Recreation. Finally.
1. American Idol — looking forward to the challenge of telling J. Lo and S. Ty apart!

What are yours? Also, what would you realistically pay to watch your No. 1 choice on-demand RIGHT NOW? I had myself convinced I’d blow $50 to see the Idol premiere because it’s going to be such a mindf—, but when I really thought about it and clicked over to Paypal, I realized it was probably more like $4.99, and it would probably have to include some sort of special “Steven Tyler Lip Dub” package, so…no. The real answer is zero dollars. Oh well!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Paul Wesley? Stanley Tucci? Tom Bergeron?

Things are starting to get a little hairy in Round 2 of our Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year bracket game. Sure, you may be emotionally invested in your Round 1 choices, but how do you choose between a (fictional) husband and wife? A vampire and a (sometimes) vampire hunter? No one said it was easy, PopWatchers, but alas, it must be done.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-10AImage Credit: Monae: Jiro Schneider; Adam Taylor (2)

Let’s begin with movies, where the parental duo of Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci (Easy A) go head-to-head, making this a very difficult decision for a one Ms. Emma Stone. Both have been nominated — and overlooked — by Academy Award voters in the past, but now they have a chance to win their very own Prize To Be Determined Later here at PopWatch. In music, it’s between two young ladies rocking daring ‘dos, as newbies Janelle Monáe and VV Brown, whose debut albums you should have been listening to, take the center ring.

In a TV matchup that may divide friends, families, and even countries, The Vampire DiariesPaul Wesley battles Supernatural hunk Jared Padalecki for the title of most underrated brooding CW star. Over in the land of reality television, are you partial to Wipeout host John Henson and his “big balls”? Or, in a sea of sequins and sparkles, is Tom Bergeron the true hidden gem of Dancing With the Stars?

Underappreciated-Entertainers-10BImage Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW; Jack Rowand/The CW; Adam Larkey/ABC; Jeff Samaripa/ABC

It’s time to show them some love, PopWatchers! Get to clicking after the jump. Vote early, vote often, and check out our entire bracket of 64 entertainers worthy of your attention. READ FULL STORY

Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year: Katey Sagal? Tamara Taylor? Mary Elizabeth Winstead? Vote!

Underappreciated-Entertainers-5AImage Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX; Adam Taylor/Fox; Williams + HirakawaRound one of our first annual Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year single elimination bracket game continues, and Day 5 gives you the chance to vote for an EW favorite: Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal. The Emmy voters snubbed her, but you shouldn’t. Of course, she’s facing off against Bones‘ Tamara Taylor, an actress who some Bones‘ fans would argue is even under-appreciated by the show’s writers.

The decisions don’t stop there. You’ve got three more match-ups to ponder. In the music quarter of the bracket, its Killers frontman-turned-solo artist Brandon Flowers versus electronic duo Crystal Castles; in the movies field, it’s Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence (who EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum described as, “the movie’s blooming discovery, a mesmerizing actor with a gaze that’s the opposite of actress-coy”) vs. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who EW’s Owen Gleiberman said is “a born star… like a kewpie-doll Edie Sedgwick”); and in the reality TV competition, it’s The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan versus Wipeout‘s John Henson. (Race wins Emmys, but lord knows those jokes don’t sell themselves.)

Click here to check out our entire bracket of 64 reader-picked competitors, then cast your ballot on Round 1, Day 5’s match-ups after the jump.

Underappreciated-Entertainers-5BImage Credit: Sebastian Mlynarski; Kerry Hayes; John Paul Filo/CBS; Jeff Samaripa/ABC


Excess Hollywood: 'Wipeout' gets a winter makeover

  • ABC has ordered eight episodes of a winter-themed Wipeout, set to air in January. Hey, if there’s anything funnier than a man getting hit in the groin by a giant red ball, it’s a man getting hit in the groin by a giant, icy red ball. It works on so many levels! [Variety]
  • Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody have been tapped to star in Damsels in Distress, Whit Stillman’s college-set film about a group of girls who makeover a new student (Gerwig). If there’s no shopping montage, it will be a big mistake. BIG. HUGE. [THR]
  • James Franco has optioned author D.J. Waldie’s memoir Holy Land, a book he read during a UCLA class that fascinated him. Lord help us if he once got ahold of a Bud Light-soaked Dane Cook album case moonlighting as hiding place for Lord of the G-Strings in his dorm room. [Variety]

Which season finales are still on your DVR?

season-finalesImage Credit: David M. Russell/CBS; Sonja Flemming/CBS; ABCFor the second time this summer, I’ve left my apartment for a week, returned home, and discovered that my DVR had room to record all the shows I’m watching. I should be happy, because there’s nothing worse than your DVR running out of room and not taping the episode you were dying to watch, but it’s making me a little sad. I mean, not only do I have enough room to tape the multiple reruns of Three’s Company that air daily on TV Land (I want to know if season 6’s “Some of that Jazz” still makes me cry), but I also have the space to keep storing some season finales. I’ve got:

The Good Wife I sometimes find it comforting after getting sucked into Wipeout to be reminded that I do appreciate quality television for adults.

The Big Bang Theory Frankly, I should probably delete this because I felt a little too much for a Best Buy Geek Squad agent working on my laptop last week because he reminded me of Jim Parsons.

Lost I hadn’t watch the show for seasons (post-traumatic stress from fact-checking a few Doc Jensen features for the magazine), but taped the series finale. I had no idea what was going on, so I just fast-forwarded. (Still sobbed at the moment pictured.) I guess I’m hoping I’ll give it another try.

Your turn. Which of this year’s season finales have you yet to delete from your DVR?*

* I also still have Boston Legal‘s 2008 series finale, because I miss the balcony scenes.

If you were forced to be on 'Wipeout,' would you try?

Over the weekend I had nightmares about being a contestant on ABC’s Wipeout. They were at first terrifying but ultimately harmless because I ended up using my powerful sense of reason (which clearly does not translate to daylight hours) to decide to just jump into the water immediately. Think about it. The contestants clearly aren’t required to “complete” in any of the tasks in the early rounds. The subtitles to your right don’t lie. It doesn’t hurt when you fall into a refreshing pit of muddy water. It would definitely hurt to get punched in the face by a reverse Whack-A-Mole board or have your spine tapped by a big fat ball that looks like a stranger’s gut swathed in a tight red tee. Why even try? You know what will happen if you try. READ FULL STORY

Most Satisfying 'Wipeout' of the Week: Renaissance Man

A lady won ABC’s Wipeout last night! Not just a lady, but “New Mom,” because everyone on Wipeout needs a memorable-for-44-minutes moniker that viewers can latch onto and real names are irrelevant on game shows in which objects repeatedly fly at one’s nose. Whoa, I just realized that what this show is missing is Amber from Clueless on the sidelines, just bitching the whole time about the big balls.

This week’s Most Satisfying Wipeout, a prestigious honor right up there with Dancing With the Stars‘ MVG (most valuable gem), goes to “Renaissance Man,” a Shakespeare-quoting buffoon who kept screaming things like “House of Capulet!!!!!!” out of context. Hey, I guess we do know his real name. Renaissance Man had a special knack for “propeller legs” a la Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 2. He will barely be missed.

To be or not to be on board with Wipeout, P-dubs? That is the question.

Read more:
Last week’s Most Satisfying Wipeout: The Fierce Dragon
‘Wipeout’: Host Jill Wagner talks spills, big red balls

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'Wipeout': The Most Satisfying Wipeout of Week 1

All summer — unless nobody seems to care whatsoever — I will present one formerly beaming Wipeout contestant with the Most Satisfying Wipeout of the Week award. It is a prestigious honor right up there with Dancing With the Stars‘ MVG (most valuable gem). Congratulations to the winner of last night’s season premiere: Eddie “The Fierce Dragon” Moton Sr.!

He is also just a winner in general for being so damn fierce. First runner-up: Peet “Smack Efron” Montzingo, lover of musicals, handler of  balls. Second runner-up goes to Leanne Thomson, who “lives to farm” and says spinach is her favorite fruit. Honorable mention: animal cruelty lover Jonelle and the lady who attempted the course with a block of cheese on her head.

Nominate your own deserving Most Satisfying Wipeout contenders in the comments!

Read more: ‘Wipeout': Host Jill Wagner talks spills, big red balls

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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