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Japanese game shows and America’s Got Talent

The secret word for tonight is wacky, whether it’s Japanese game shows hitting U.S. screens or the Japanese game show inspired “Wipeout!”

Get ready to Wipeout on ABCFinally got to work on clearing the DVR last night. First up was that “Design Star” episode I missed where they were working on that cool house that belonged to George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Loved the episode, hated the result. I think the wrong guy went home. The right guy went home on “Nashville Star” and you’ll find that report a little later on today. And on “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods,” two girls were sent packing including whinny Cassie – happy to see her leave.

Let’s see what’s cookin’ tonight! 

Tonight on TV

ABC has two new, extremely wacky, game shows premiering tonight and we’ll have to see how that goes. First up is “Wipeout” which is like the American version of the Japanese show “MXC.” Contestants must conquer a strange obstacle course in order to win $50,000 in cash. After that its “I Survived a Japanese Game Show.” As noted above, Japanese game shows are known for their zany antics, but this time there will be American citizens playing the game. It’s all very hard to explain, just give it a shot. After all that silliness, it’s “Primetime: The Outsiders.”

NBC fights back with “Deal or No Deal” and week 2 of “America’s Got Talent.”

CBS has reruns of “NCIS” and “Without a Trace” with a new “48 Hours Mystery” in between.

The CW has repeats of “Beauty and the Geek” and “Reaper.”

FOX goes with a “Hell’s Kitchen” repeat and then a new episode. 

Over on cable

Bravo has a new episode of “Flipping Out” at 10:00, it’s a new “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” on Food Network at 9:00 and Dean takes up scuba diving on Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.”

Finally, whacking out TV grids everywhere, FX has a “Rescue Me: Minisode” on from 10:00 to 10:05. Yep, five minutes. That’s why they call it a “mini-sode.”

News and notable

TNT is preparing a series of “minisodes” of their own, this one a crime thriller with a “Rip Van Winkle” theme, 80 minutes cut into 20 parts.

FOX picked up the rights to adapt a Argentinean telenovela about a man who becomes a woman.

Showtime has picked up “The Fall of Bob” which tells the story in flashbacks after a man jumps off a building.

ABC has finally given in and will be offering full episodes of their shows such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “Ugly Betty” online through

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