'Wipeout' vs. Springsteen and 'The Office' on Super Bowl Sunday
Cable networks love to counterprogram against the Super Bowl (hello, Puppy Bowl!), but the broadcast networks don’t usually bother. ABC, however, is manning up this Feb. 1 and airing special installments of Wipeout opposite NBC’s Bruce Springsteen halftime show and post-game Office episode. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The two-part ABC special — dubbed ‘Wipeout Superball Sunday’ — pulls out all the stops to cater to NFL fans: Hall of Famer Michael Irvin will lend sideline commentary, the Navy’s Blue Angels will perform a flyover, the USC marching band will storm the course, contestants will run a gantlet with quarterbacks pelting them with footballs, NFL luminaries will stop by the commentary booth, and the show’s signature Big Balls obstacle has been converted into jumbo-sized footballs.” Is it crazy to think football fans would prefer watching that instead of The Boss and/or cheerleaders taking on male couch potatoes instead of Pam and Jim? Or is it genius?
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