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Ricky Gervais' game show Five to Survive to air on ABC

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Ricky Gervais will soon be the man with all the answers — well, sort of.

ABC has given a series order to Five to Survive, an hour-long game show requiring adult contestants to answer 10 questions correctly in order to win cash prizes. Should a player get anything wrong, they have the chance to be saved by Gervais, along with a panel of five children who’ve also been asked the same question.

“I’ve never understood the saying ‘never work with animals or children,’” Gervais said in a press release Thursday. “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.”

But while Gervais will be working with the kids, he will not be the show’s host. The series is currently searching for a host who will interact with the grown-up contestant in the studio.

The show comes from Banijay Studios North America, which is also producing Jimmy Kimmel’s upcoming game show, Big Fan and What Happens at the Abbey. Gervais will serve as executive producer.