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'Hole in the Wall'
Hole in the Wall (FOX)
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 11
Premise: Based on the popular Japanese format, contestants stand at one end of a platform. Barrier walls move toward them. Each barrier wall has a segment cut out, sometimes a simple shape and sometimes a human form in various positions. Contestants simply have to pass through the holes in the wall. Sounds simple, right? It's a task that requires almost no effort if the hole is just a tall rectangle, but which can lead to jumps, ducking or more complicated contortion as the difficulty increases. If they fail, they end up pushed into a pool below for a humiliating splash.
First Impressions: Footage from the various international incarnation are available on YouTube. While the show doesn't exactly look classy or boundary-breaking, it looks like innocuous and silly funny. The constestants might get dirty, but viewers won't feel as dirty as if they'd been watching "Moment of Truth."
Hosts: Brooke Burns and Mark Thompson
Studio: FremantleMedia North America
Producers: Stuart Krasnow