Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM ET
ABC is now offering a new solution to fight student loan debt: betting on children.
The network has ordered eight episodes of "Bet On Your Baby," a prime-time game show where families will compete to see which parents can predict their child's next move. During each hour-long episode, five families with children between the ages of two and three and a half years old will play a self-contained challenge -- as in against themselves, rather than against other families. Those that advance will then compete for the chance to win $50,000 towards their toddler's college fund.
The competition is produced by Electus and 5x5 Media ("Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution," "Fashion Star," "Supernanny") and will be hosted by actress and comedienne Melissa Peterman ("The Singing Bee," "Baby Daddy," "Working Class").
"The concept of the show just appealed to me on many levels because as a mom, I liked the fact that the kids are having fun and being themselves, it's the parents playing the game," Peterman said in a release. "As someone who likes funny, there is no one more naturally hilarious and fun to watch than a toddler."
"Bet On Your Baby" is slated to premiere this April on ABC.
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