Saturday, October 15, 2016

ABC Orders “Five To Survive” Ricky Gervais Game Show

To Tell The Truth, Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game, Big Fan, The Gong Show and (possibly) 500 Questions – these are all the game shows that are scheduled to air on ABC in 2017. The network added Five To Survive to its vast collection of game show season orders earlier this week. Developed by comedian/actor Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America, the hourlong game show has an adult contestant answer 10 questions for a chance to win the show’s top prize. Should they answer incorrectly, a panel of five kids will have a chance to save the contestant’s game from ending by providing the correct answer to the same question. Although Gervais will be asking the questions and conversing with the kids throughout each episode, the show is reportedly searching for an emcee to host the series. Robert Mills, Senior VP of Alternate Series, Specials & Late Night Programming at ABC Entertainment, was instantly sold with the Gervais-inspired concept. “When Ricky presented his idea for Five to Survive, we immediately knew this was a project that needed to land here at ABC,” said Mills. Banijay Studios North America is also producing the primetime game show Big Fan, based on the Jimmy Kimmel late night segments.

ABC is starting to take after NBC during the late 2000s due to the influx of game shows the network has added to its primetime repertoire within the past couple of years. At first glance, Five To Survive’s format slightly resembles Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? with games and thousands of dollars in cash resting on the tiny shoulders of 10-year-old kids. Much like the aforementioned former FOX game show and NBC’s Little Big Shots, I’m sure the new ABC game show will have no problem drawing in audiences anticipating Ricky Gervais’ comedic talent combined with the kids’ uninhibited and undeniably hilarious unpredictably. 

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