New Game Show 'Bet on Your Baby' to Premiere Saturday, April 6 on ABC

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March 7th, 2013

Bet on Your Baby

via press release:




Series to Be Co-Produced by Electus and 5x5 Media



How many toys can your spouse get your toddler to clean up in a minute? How many cookies can your wife get your child to stack while time runs out? Which snack will your two-year-old choose to eat? -- And would you bet money on it? Actress/comedienne and working mom Melissa Peterman, star of ABC Family’s “Baby Daddy” and “Dancing Fools,” hosts ABC’s newest addition to the network lineup, the adorable, hilarious and surprisingly suspenseful game show, “Bet On Your Baby,” which debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network with episode “101.”


All parents think they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? “Bet On Your Baby” will reveal the answer to that question each week in an hour-long program featuring five memorable families with toddlers between the ages of two to three-and-a-half years old, who will play to see how well they can guess their child’s next move in the hopes of earning money towards their college fund.


On “Bet on Your Baby,” the parents will be playing the game and the children will just be playing. The game takes place on two stages – on one, a shiny game show studio with a cheering audience, one parent places a bet, while on the other, the parent takes the child to a play room called “The Babydome” where the child determines the outcome of the game completely unaware of the stakes that are on the line. Each family plays a self-contained, individual challenge against the house -- meaning that they’re only competing against themselves, not against other families.


Later on, the five families return to play for the chance to advance to the final round – “Smash for Cash” – in which parents of one toddler will have 5 tries to hammer open piggy banks, one of which contains a $50,000 college fund.


Co-creator and executive producer Craig Armstrong says: “’Bet On Your Baby’ is an amazing way for parents to celebrate their babies and have a chance to win real money for their kids’ college fund. It’s the happiest show on television.”


ABC has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is produced by some of the talents behind such hits as “Supernanny,” “Survivor,” “The Biggest Loser” and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” “Bet on Your Baby” was created by 5x5 Media’s Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk, Charles Wachter and Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox. The series is executive-produced by Electus (Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Jimmy Fox) and 5x5 Media (Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk). Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, will distribute the series universally.


About Electus

Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman in partnership with IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process,




enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus’ programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers.


About 5X5 Media

Five by Five Media (“5x5”) is a full service television and film production company in an overall production and distribution agreement within the Electus studio system. 5x5 Media develops and produces both scripted and unscripted television programming and feature films. Its principals have won multiple primetime Emmy Awards and have produced such titles as ”Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “Supernanny” and ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” 5x5’s recent productions include TBS’ ”King of the Nerds,” SPIKE TV’s ”Car Lot Rescue,” CMT’s ”Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” and NBC’s fashion reality competition show, ”Fashion Star.”

  • Jack Doh Gaughy

    Good God Lemon…

  • sam

    what. the. hell. Good God Lemon

  • Don Juan

    You have got to be kidding?

  • Ram510

    I’ll actually what it since they are actually putting something on a Saturday. Plus I like Melissa Peterman

  • Martin

    Shows how bad it must be that they are putting it on Saturdays, and not even on a weekday during the summer.

    Do not get why they even bothered making it in the first place.


    It’s nice to see any kind of original programming on Sat nights, but can’t they do something like


    An hour-long concert/doc on all Disney singers under contract (ie) Brittney, Demi L, Miley C, the boy bands etc & any & all performers in other genres like Broadway & film, cruiseships & DisneyLand/World both national & international

  • Shepherd

    Had they decided to air this on a week night, I still would have predicted it performing worse than The Taste, however given the situation, this should be one and done. I wont predict them pulling this mid-season however, since they’ve already selected it for a burn-off. Maybe they are betting that the audience, parents with young children, wont be going out on a Saturday anyway.


    Does this count as being canceled before it even airs?

  • David Howell

    It’s a good job the bear doesn’t eat unscripted shows or it’d be accused of baby killing!

    The most amazing thing about this slot? It’s still not the worst situation an ABC game show has been placed in lately! Million Dollar Mind Game got held back an entire season, then suddenly resurfaced *Sundays against the NFL*. Given it felt like a male-skewing show, it wasn’t even counterprogramming! The show still gained a cult following and significant critical acclaim, which… This won’t.

  • Joseph

    Wasn’t there a game show in the late 1960’s hosted by Bob Barker called the “Family Game”, with one segment involving infants crawling along the studio floor with the first one crossing the finish line wining cash for his/her parents??

    I thought Chuck Barris produced “Family Game”.

  • bee

    This is truly evil. Stressing babies out by having their parents push and pressure them to do some task in a certain amount of time, for money???? Only people who desperately need the money would ever subject their kids to this, and that makes the situation all the more shameful.

  • Wowza

    this might work if advertised. All it needs is 1.3 average for renewal… what if it got a 1.5…

  • Christina

    Pretty sure this is a joke. If not…

  • Oliver


    If it can get 1.0, perhaps even lower, then it would probably be renewed.

    I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • James D.

    Joseph: I think you’re talking about “Baby Races,” which aired on the Family Channel in 1993-94 and was hosted by Fred Travalena. I don’t remember much of the show, but I believe toddlers and their parents were contestants and a “crawl race” was one of the mini-games played. Nominal prizes were awarded on this show (toys, pieces of furniture, etc.), nothing like what “Bet” is promoting.

    “The Family Game” was essentially “The Newlywed Game” with children.

  • brian

    Nice Host (long time nemesis in Reba), crappy concept. I can see a Summer burnoff in the future. This sounds like a summer series anyway.

  • Ajay

    Right on…the entertainment industry has taken yet another step in the exploitation of children by getting at them younger…very similar to pedophiles. It is not even an original concept. Cartman started a crack baby basketball team several seasons ago on Southpark. Of course these babies are more likely to be born hooked on antidepressants and/or mood stabilizers…because a parent would have to be mentally ill to do this to their child.

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