Canadian broadcaster YTV is launching its new game show Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! on November 5.
Announced back in July, the series, produced by Toront0-based marblemedia, has contestants hurling themselves against Velcro walls, sliding on their bellies in penguin suits and wiping out on spinning disks, all in front of a live studio audience. The game show is adapted from I Survived a Japanese Game Show and will be complemented by a web series and a second-screen experience.
The interactive web series will be streaming on www.japanizi.com in the weeks leading up to the broadcast launch. The site will act as a prequel that tells the story of how Judge Masa was chosen for his role. Written in the style of a choose-your-own-adventure book, at the end of each episode kids decide which door Masa goes through to get to the next episode.
The second-screen experience will offer multiple-choice games and viewpoints from helmet cameras, and will be available via a downloadable app for mobile devices as well as online.