LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox is getting bent out
of shape for its next competition series.
The network has given a series order to "Hole in the Wall,"
the "human Tetris" game show whose foreign incarnations have
become a YouTube hit.
In the show, participants contort their bodies to fit
precut walls flying toward them on a track. If they don't fit
through shapes, they're pushed off the track into a pit of
"I think its success is going to be instantaneous," said
Fox entertainment president Mike Darnell, who has picked up 13
hours (which could be divided into 26 half-hours) for next
season. "It's as simple as it gets. It's one of those shows I
think is going to be very addictive. You think, 'I'm not going
to watch this,' and a half-hour later you're still watching
Originally launched in Japan in 2006, it now screens in 16
territories, including Australia, Russia and Denmark. Clips of
the show have been popular on YouTube, with its videos
registering millions of user views each. The franchise is
produced by FremantleMedia, the firm behind "American Idol."
Overseas versions were often played by contestants for fun,
but American audiences respond stronger to unscripted shows
when there's money involved, Fox said.
"Wall" is one of a few Japanese-inspired shows coming soon
to network television. ABC will air "I Survived a Japanese Game
Show" in the summer, where contestants compete in challenges
overseas. ABC also will air the obstacle course series
"Wipeout," which takes a cue from the 1980s Japanese hit