BURBANK: Fred Savage has signed on to host the new game show series Child Support from Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America that is set for ABC.
Previously known as Five to Survive, Child Support is an hour-long studio-based show that will see adult contestants interact with Gervais and a group of five kids ages 6 to 9. Contestants are asked to answer ten questions correctly in order to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais. A premiere date has not yet been announced. Production begins in L.A. next week.
Savage commented, “When I’m stumped, I turn to Google and my kids. I had no idea there was a television show in that, but now that there is, I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
“Fred Savage has had a significant cultural impact on television throughout his career and we are thrilled to have him be our host,” said Robert Mills, the senior VP of alternative series, specials and late night programming at ABC Entertainment. “With Fred’s charisma and Ricky Gervais’s hilarious interactions with the kids, Child Support is going to be a terrific addition to our game show slate.”
David Goldberg, Banijay Group’s president and CEO of Banijay Studios North America, remarked, “Fred Savage rose to fame playing a kid on one of television’s most beloved shows. Now a trusted and iconic personality, he is the perfect host to guide a group of contestants seeking to win a large cash prize with support from a group of children. Fred’s talents are sure to be a great addition to a show already featuring comedic mastermind Ricky Gervais, whose brand of comedy is as unpredictable as the spunky kids he’s trying to wrangle.”