GERMANY PULLS PLUG ON ONE-TIME TV HIT SHOW ‘WANNA BET?’

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BERLIN: It has seen wacky bets performed before millions and hosted an A-List of Hollywood stars, but after a three-decade run Germany’s once top-rated TV variety show is getting the axe. A victim of plummeting ratings, a fast-greying fan base, and charges that its concept has grown stale, “Wetten, dass..? [‘Wanna Bet?’]” will screen for the last time in December after 33 years. Such is the dated cult status of the silly-challenge show, once Europe’s most successful program, that Sunday newspapers gave front-page treatment to the public broadcaster ZDF’s decision to pull the plug on it. The show’s concept is of ordinary people performing often bizarre tricks and stunts, while celebrity guests sponsor them and have to perform mildly humiliating acts if they lose.

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