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ABC Orders Ricky Gervais Game Show ‘Five to Survive’

Gervais Will Also Executive Produce

On the heels of announcing an upcoming revival of “The Gong Show,” ABC has placed a series order for “Five to Survive,” a new hour-long game show from executive producer Ricky Gervais. The show, which has no confirmed host or premiere date yet, will feature adult guests answering questions in pursuit of cash prizes with the assistance of Gervais and a panel of children. Contestants on “Five to Survive” must answer 10 questions correctly to win their prize — with an option to be rescued by Gervais and a group of five kids in case of an incorrect answer.

“I’ve never understood the saying ‘never work with animals or children.” joked Gervais. “As a producer and director, I prefer either to Hollywood actors. They’re cheaper, they do as they’re told, and the filming hours are better.”

“Five to Survive” hails from Banijay Studios North America, which is also producing Jimmy Kimmel’s upcoming primetime game show “Big Fan.” Gervais is executive producing with David Goldberg and Banijay Studios North America chief creative officer Caroline Baumgard.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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