Out of all of the entertainment news through this week, this is easily the grossest of them all. Deadline confirms NBC is pulling the upcoming reality competition series Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide off of its schedule over multiple cases of giardia, an intestinal infection that has continued to be a problem for the past month.
The series was originally set to premiere on NBC between two nights. Once 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. Last month contestants and crew started to get sick, resulting in the producer, a division of Universal Studio Group called Universal Television Alternative Studio, to press on the brakes. Without things looking better, the show’s debut got delayed even further.
When production got put on pause on June 2, there was only a week left of shooting. One crew member tested positive for giardia. By June 10, it was confirmed that there were other cases in the area. To make a move, the NBC reality series would not continue shooting in that location. To wrap up, ideas are being tossed around, but nothing concrete has been set.
Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide will be an original reality television series on NBC. It is an extreme cross between the family outdoor game and the summer Olympics. Contestants will be split up into two teams where they will compete in completing various obstacles. There are plenty of hurdles for the reward; some of these challenges include Human Pong, Body Bowling, Cornhole, and Bocce Fall. The final one will be in a massive multi-part slide called the Big Slipper. The winner will earn a cash prize and the title of the Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide Champion.
NBC seems determined to let Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide finish out its production, especially as it is so close. While we don’t have a date yet, the original premiere date and remaining production time could help in making a sooner rather than later launch if the current outbreak of the intestinal infection is taken care of as people start to recover. Giardia can last anywhere between two to six weeks, but that varies depending on people’s immune systems as some people might be sick longer than that window, which could further push shooting those final touches.
Life for any show on NBC may not always be easy. The network has closed down plenty of its series recently, even ones that were successful. On June 25, word got out the Good Girls would not be moving forward with another season. It even cancelled one of its biggest hits, Manifest. Fans tried to rally behind it but were unsuccessful in giving it another life. So when Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide finally hits, hopefully, its future is brighter than these past series on the network that did not make it on the channel.