|Hole in the Wall|
|Directed by||Ron de Moraes|
|Presented by||Brooke Burns
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18|
|Executive producer(s)||Cecile Frot-Coutaz|
David Ruskey (game producer)
|Camera setup||John Perry|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||September 7, 2008 – March 15, 2009|
Hole in the Wall is a game show that aired on the Fox television network from 2008 to 2009. The show was an adaptation the Japanese game Nōkabe (脳カベ) (meaning Brain Wall, nicknamed by YouTube fans as "Human Tetris") in which players must contort themselves to fit through cutouts in a large 13 feet (4.0 m) by 7.5 feet (2.3 m) Styrofoam wall moving towards them on a 50 feet (15 m) track. FremantleMedia North America produces the series, with Brooke Burns and Fox announcer Mark Thompson serving as the hosts.
On May 20, 2008, Fox announced that it would commission 13 hours of Hole in the Wall from FremantleMedia North America. According to a Hollywood Reporter report, these hours could be split and aired as 26 episodes. Production began July 13, 2008 at CBS Studios-Radford.
Two teams of three people play, with a hobby, occupation or location as the team name. Two lifeguards, one male and one female, sit poolside. Thompson stands in a perch overlooking the studio, while Burns is stationed stage right of the play area. The contestants are dressed in the silver spandex zentai unitards and wear red or blue helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads depending on the team color.
A replay is shown after each wall has passed whether cleared or not. If a wall is not cleared, a diagram is shown of the best method.
One rule that is almost automatically assumed is that contestants must jump through the hole without breaking it all off or falling in the water. On the other hand, the rule that most players inadvertently break is that at least one foot must be in the play area.
After each team is announced, the team captain is then instructed to enter the play area. After a three-second countdown the wall is shown. If the captain fails to "clear" the wall, either by falling into the pool or damaging the wall as it passes, the team earns no points; "clearing" the wall earns a point. The opposing team captain then tries a different wall.
The two non-captains on each team then compete on a Double Wall. The team earns two points if both players clear the wall; if either player fails to clear, they earn no points.
All three players try to complete the Triple Wall. The team scores three points if all three clear the wall. If any player fails to clear, the team earns as many points as the number of players that cleared.
Like Round 3, all three players compete. The wall moves twice as fast as before. Each player who clears the wall earns two points, for a maximum of six. In addition, if all three players clear the wall, they win a $5,000 bonus whether they win or lose the game. Both teams get a chance to play for the $5,000, even if the second team has been mathematically eliminated.
The team with more points wins a guaranteed $25,000 and plays the final "Blind Wall". If a tie game should occur, neither team wins the $25,000 but both advance to a sudden-death version of the Blind Wall.
One team member, blindfolded, is guided by Brooke to the center of the play area. Mark then tells the audience to be quiet so that the blindfolded member can hear their teammates. The two remaining team members must then direct the blindfolded member through a standard solo wall by giving verbal commands. If the contestant clears the wall, the team wins $100,000.
If both teams advance to the Blind Wall, the prize is split in half and each team tries for $50,000.
The top prize on the show is $130,000 - $5,000 for clearing the Speed Wall, $25,000 for winning the game, and $100,000 for clearing the Blind Wall; if there is a tie, the combination of top prizes is $110,000.
On January 21, 2009, FOX pulled the series again and replaced it with reruns of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? After an airing on February 8, the show was quickly put on hiatus. After another month, the series returned on March 8. Reruns of the series began airing on Fox Reality on May 25.
The program's cancellation was announced in May 2009.
The show's producers announced that they planned on shooting celebrity and themed episodes of the game, starting with contestants from VH1's Flavor of Love (Pumkin (Brooke Thompson), Buckwild (Becky Johnston), Saaphyri Windsor) competing against Rock of Love 2 (Destiney Sue Moore, Ambre Lake, Jessica Kinni).