We have more gloomy news for Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide, the NBC game show that has had plenty of issues throughout its production. Due to its own internal pandemic of giardia, an intestinal infection that causes diarrhea, the network has decided to pull the show entirely from its schedule. This means it is right on death’s doorstep to be canceled for good this time around.
The NBC competition show was initially set to release as the sendoff for the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT and then a second showing on Monday, August 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It would have run for 10 episodes and was set to be hosted by Ron Funches (Harley Quinn, Trolls) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live, Drunk History). It would have seen contestants compete in games like Human Pong, Body Bowling, Cornhole, and Bocce Fall. The final two teams would go head-to-head during a multi-part course called the Big Slipper for the title of Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide Champion with a cash prize.
The two main factors in NBC not being able to pull through with the show is the growth of people getting sick. Roughly 40 people in the crew were infected. According to the staff, some people were passing out or being rushed to the nearest toilet. The other problem was relocating the giant production to somewhere else to avoid more people getting sick.
On June 2, there was a pause by Universal Television Alternative Studio when there was only a week left of shooting. At that point, there was one confirmed case of giardia. By June 10, NBC confirmed there were more cases. The studio tried working with the LA and Ventura County Health Departments along with a third party to test the water, which all tested negative. An attempt was made to shoot elsewhere, but people kept getting sick.
To replace the time slot for the canned NBC series will be Family Game Fight, as it will air in Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide’s original time slot. The network will launch its summer lineup with American Ninja Warrior on August 9 at 8 p.m. ET, with The Wall following it at 10 p.m.
NBC might be flushing Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide down the toilet, but that does not mean the two hosts are out of a job. Ron Funches will reprise his role as King Shark in the third season of the Harley Quinn animated series with Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant), Lake Bell (BoJack Horseman), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Tony Hale (Veep), and other veteran stars. He will also appear in A Tale Dark and Grimm and Scroll Wheel of Time. Bobby Moynihan most recently starred in the animated series Summer Camp Island. The Saturday Night Live alumni will star in the short called Melinda’s Wish with Amy Okuda (The Good Place) and B.J. Novak (The Office). He will also be in Disney’s Descendants: The Royal Wedding with Dove Cameron (Schmigadoon!), Booboo Stewart (Paradise City), and Cheyenne Jackson (Werewolves Within).