Disney paid for my flight and hotel in LA for press events during the Star Wars Press Junket.
Where are my game show fans? I know there have to be a few of you out there because some of you guys are a lot like our family and we love game shows. We love watching different game shows on the game show channel. Plus, my husband is always looking for new game shows to watch on the TV whenever we are just sitting around. Our favorite game shows are the ones that ask questions that we can also try to answer so I’m pretty sure that my family is going to like Child Support.
Child Support is a new one hour game show starring Ricky Gervais and hosted by none other than Fred Savage and we got to interview him. I’ll share some snippits from that interview in just a moment. First I have to let you know that the series premiere of Child Support airs tonight, Friday, January 5th at 8 p.m. EST on ABC and you should be sure to catch this first episode. We previewed the show and laughed a lot. The premise of Child Support is an adult is asked a series of 10 questions that get progressively harder. If the contestant answers all the questions they can win $200,000. When and if they miss a question, they have a possible save. This save is children which is why it’s called Child Support. Ricky Gervais is in another studio, in a room with 5 children who will be asked the same question. If even one of those children can come up with the correct answer the adult is saved and remains in the game. The answers that these kids come up with are so funny and it amazed me when they actually got some of the answers correct. Kids say the darndest things ya know!!
Ok so now for the good part. We sat down with Fred Savage and he said that the entire run of the game show was shot in two days. So when he was talking about different contestants he had a little trouble remembering which one was which. But his enthusiasm for the show was obvious in the way he spoke about the show. He was so nice and charming in our time with him. I think his only concern about the show is the title. I mean at first glance if you are looking at your guide and you see “Child Support” you might not want to watch that show. But once you realize the premise of the show it makes sense as a title. He had to call up Ricky and ask his thoughts…..
“I’m like, “Ricky, this is not something that people have a very positive association with. Do we want to be the face of Child Support?” He had similar reservations. He’s like look, there’s no better network who’s looking out for families than ABC and Disney. They’re not gonna do anything that’s gonna be inappropriate or negative or hurtful for kids. The name is controversial maybe. It’s noisy, so maybe in the noise, it’ll be like, “wait, what?” And then if we cause you to look again, maybe that’s the win there.”
He loved the contestants and would sometimes help them with answers. He didn’t get the questions in advance but sometimes the question would be easy to him and he would want to help them. He had to learn to be encouraging without being helpful or in one example not get upset that they got it wrong.
“I don’t know the questions in advance at all. So that’s why I read it very slowly because I’m not prepared. I’m really trying to figure it out with them, which is why I’m trying to help them and encourage them. I’m like, “Okay, talk that through. Go down that road.” I can’t lead them, but it would be just thinking along with them. I don’t know the answers in advance. It was completely genuine. I ride all the rollercoaster of emotions. When they win, I’m thrilled and when they don’t, I’m just crushed.”
Be sure to catch Fred Savage, the host of the newest prime time game show ‘Child Support’ starting TONIGHT, Friday January 5, 2017 at 8/9 pm EST only on ABC.