ABC Picks Up Ryan Reynolds’ Game Show Don’t


Don’t, a new original game show created by Banijay Studios North America and executive produced by Ryan Reynolds, has been picked up by ABC.

A comedic and physical game, each episode of Don’t will follow a family of four working together to complete five mental and physical challenges that require them not to do something. “Don’t Slip,” “Don’t Forget,” “Don’t Laugh,” “Don’t Say It” and “Don’t Scream” are among the many challenges the families will face. For each task completed, a cash prize is up for grabs; when a task isn’t completed, in addition to not earning the cash, a family member is eliminated from the game. The last standing relative must complete the rest of the challenges on their own, with the family taking home all of the money they’ve managed to earn up to the final elimination.

Reynolds said: “All my life, the word ‘don’t’ has tortured me. From ‘don’t curse’ to ‘don’t play ball in the house’ to ‘don’t eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days.’ I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the next great ABC family show.”

“Who better than Ryan Reynolds to bring us the next big tent, family-friendly competition show?” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. “When he and Banijay Studios came to us with this hilarious and wildly original idea, we were all in.”

David Goldberg, president and CEO of Banijay Studios North America and executive producer of Don’t, added: “Don’t is based upon the simple premise that there are countless things that our brain advises us to do. In Don’t, contestants are challenged to resist what their brain is urging them to do. One thing is for sure, my brain never said ‘don’t’ to Ryan Reynolds, one of the most talented and popular stars on the planet. This wildly entertaining and unpredictable show has so much potential, and I’m pleased to be making it for ABC, who has been such a great partner over the years.”