Fred Savage to Host ABC's Ricky Gervais Game Show

The 'Wonder Years' grad returns to the network that helped launch his career.
Courtesy of WME

Fred Savage is taking on a new onscreen role: game-show host. 

The Wonder Years grad will return to ABC and host the Disney-owned network's Ricky Gervais game show Child Support, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Picked up to series in October, the show (formerly known as Five to Survive) will feature grown-up contestants answering 10 questions for a chance to win a cash prize. If the adult can't answer a question correctly, he or she can turn to a group of five kids (ages six to nine) who have been asked the same question. Gervais will exec produce and ask the kids the questions. 

 

"When I'm stumped, I turn to Google and my kids. I had no idea there was a television show in that, but now that there is, I'm thrilled to be a part of it," Savage said. 

Noted ABC senior vp alternative Robert Mills: "Fed Savage has had a significant cultural impact in television throughout his career and we are thrilled to have him be our host." 

Savage, who has an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television and next directs NBC's untitled Kourtney Kang comedy pilot, is repped by WME. His acting credits include Fox's short-lived comedy The Grinder and feature The Princess Bride.

The new game show is produced by Gervais as well as Banjay Studios North America's David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and Jeff Krask. Production begins next week in Los Angeles.

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