G4’s "Duty Free TV" Block of International Programming Premieres With Two Outrageous New Series
G4’s “Duty Free TV” Block of International Programming Premieres With Two Outrageous New Series
“Unbeatable Banzuke” and “Super Big Product Fun Show” Make their US Debut on February 4 at 8:30 pm
LOS ANGELES — Strap in, place seatbacks in an upright position and hold on tight. G4 is taking viewers on a whirlwind trip around the world with the premiere of “Duty Free TV,” a nightly programming block that delivers a unique look at the most irreverent and outrageous shows from across the globe. The first two additions to the “Duty Free TV” line-up are Japanese imports “Unbeatable Banzuke,” a series of magnificently difficult athletic challenges that demand monumental feats of strength, and “Super Big Product Fun Show,” a fast-paced infomercial spoof featuring the most insane, bizarre and often painful product demonstrations ever seen. “Duty Free TV” premieres Monday, February 4th at 8:30 pm ET/PT, beginning with an action-packed episode of G4’s hit series “Ninja Warrior,” followed by the American debut of “Unbeatable Banzuke” and “Super Big Product Fun Show.”
Following the Feb. 4 premiere, the “Duty Free TV” block will begin its regular schedule, airing weeknights from 8:30 pm – 10 pm ET/PT. Each night’s TV trip around the world begins with an hour of “Ninja Warrior” action, followed by “Unbeatable Banzuke” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and “Super Big Product Fun Show” on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
“’Ninja Warrior’ just scratched the surface - there are a lot of really interesting and offbeat TV shows outside the U.S. that we think young guys will appreciate,” said Neal Tiles, president, G4. “The nightly ‘Duty Free TV’ block provides the perfect platform for new series as we continue our search for the most outrageous international programming from around the world.”
• Monday, Wednesday, Friday nights at 9:30 pm ET/PT
From the creators of “Ninja Warrior,” “Unbeatable Banzuke” raises extreme athleticism to an entirely new level. Each half-hour episode features an assortment of completely unique challenges, pitting contenders against one another to see who can beat the course.
Featured obstacles include:
• Hand Walk – competitors combine incredible strength and balance to traverse an entire obstacle course on their hands, navigating steep stairs, moving ramps and bridges.
• Giant Ball – challengers climb on top of a huge red ball and use the orb to cross a circuitous multilevel course.
• Super Rider – a fast-paced test of bike-riding skill demands that competitors navigate an obstacle course of giant cabling spools, two story drops and three-inch rails.
Subtitles help ensure the original action stays almost completely intact, letting American viewers experience the raw excitement of the high-energy play by play announcers. With constantly evolving challenges, “Unbeatable Banzuke” delivers triumphant victories, punctuated by truly spectacular wipeouts.
“Super Big Product Fun Show”
• Tuesday and Thursday nights at 9:30 pm ET/PT
Following the Japanese “batsu” format which helped inspire thrill-seeking shows such as “Jackass,” “Super Big Product Fun Show” is a bizarre trip through a land of deranged late-night infomercials. Hosts Ashton and Gary Batsu (The Batsu Boys) demonstrate the ridiculous and frequently pain-inducing products with the help of their half-brothers, Mario, Dusty, Slag, Andy, Sid and Tito. Products tested include:
• Skull Sucker – drains unwanted fluid from the brain.
• Razor Burner – removes unsightly hair with explosives.
• Junk Trunks – special male enhancement pants.
• Fisterine Party Poppers – breath mint loaded with gun powder.
• Dr. Degloves Genital Wart Wipes – that burning sensation means it’s working.
Separated into fifteen-minute episodes that will air back-to-back, “Super Big Product Fun Show” showcases the infamous sketches and scenarios that make Japanese TV famous around the world.
• Weeknights at 8:30 pm ET/PT
Each “Ninja Warrior” episode features extraordinary amateurs with ordinary day jobs such as gas station manager, teacher and fisherman competing alongside word-class athletes from around the world. Contestants have included U.S. Olympians, including gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm, who took home Gold and Silver Medals at the 2004 Athens games, and decathlete Paul Terek. Even with the participation of elite athletes, only two entrants in the history of the contest have completed the brutal four-stage course.
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