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ABC orders Ricky Gervais’ “Five to Survive”

British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America have partnered to develop the hour-long game show Five to Survive for U.S. broadcaster ABC. The original studio-based game show ...
October 13, 2016

British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America have partnered to develop the hour-long game show Five to Survive for U.S. broadcaster ABC.

The original studio-based game show will feature interactions between The Office, Extras and Derek creator (pictured) and kids who will look to help one adult contestant answer 10 questions correctly in order to earn a large cash prize. Answered incorrectly, the contestant has a chance to be saved by a group of five children who have been asked the same question.

Gervais, David Goldberg and Banijay Studios North America CCO Caroline Baumgard serve as executive producers on the series.

The search for a series’ host is currently underway.

“At its core, Five to Survive is a high-stakes Q&A game show with the unpredictable twist of contestants putting their earning potential in the hands of children,” said David Goldberg, Banijay Group president and Banijay Studios North America CEO, in a statement. “This should be the type of show that appeals to audiences all over the world.”

“I’ve never understood the saying ‘never work with animals or children,’” added 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.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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