Wipeout (tv program)

Fox's 'Riot' takes actors for a game-show spin with a twist

"Riot," which premieres Tuesday on Fox, is a sort of cross between "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Wipeout."

Its social and improv-comedy games are made more difficult, or more visually striking, by the addition of physical obstacles or mechanical appurtenances. The game called Mime Sweeper, for example, is charades with a wrecking ball.

Scenes may be played in pitch blackness, shot with infrared cameras so that "even though you won't be able to see anything, we can," says Australian host Rove McManus. Others take place on a tilted stage, shot with a tilted camera, which makes the actors seem to lean like Pisa's famous tower. They...