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Fox Hopes to Score Hole in One With Japanese Game Show Remake

February 14, 2008 09:11 AM by Jennifer_Brown

FoxRealityIt was bound to happen sooner or later: Video game meets reality TV. And American Idol’s Fremantle Media are just the producers to bring it to our television screens.

Hole in the Wall, a Japanese game show that debuted in 2006, has been a hit not only in Japan, but in eight other countries as well (such as Russia and Australia). The YouTube videos of the Japan version have enjoyed more thanfive million hits over the past nine months, giving North American Fremantle execs the hint that it could just be a hit here, too.

Hole in the Wall is a sort of human version of the video game Tetris, where spandex-clad people in hard hats must work in teams to pose their bodies to matchthe shape of a hole in a wall that is moving toward them. If they fail to make it through the hole, they’re swept into a pool of water.

Sounds silly, and that’s just what Fremantle likes about it, believing that the slapstick element of people being bashed by a wall into a pool of water is what givesthe showitsuniversal appeal. I’ll admit, it is strangely addictive to watch and, with the right host, could offer up more than a few chuckles.

So far FOX has only ordered a pilot of Hole in the Wall, and will make a decision later this year whether or not the show will go on.

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