Japanese game shows coming to America
LOS ANGELES —
A grown man wearing a diaper is spun around until he can barely stand, then is made to try an obstacle course carrying pitchers of milk without spilling any. Another man, dressed like an insect, flings himself onto a giant-sized “windshield” with a giant-sized “splat.”
Is American television going crazy? No—American television is going Japanese.
With the increasing popularity of YouTube clips from Japanese game shows such as “Endurance,” “Hole in the Wall” and “Human Tetris,” U.S. networks—never shy about imitation—are bringing similar antics to their prime-time schedules.