ABC has greenlighted Bet On Your Baby, an eight-episode primetime game show series to premiere in April. Hosted by Melissa Peterman, co-star of the ABC Family comedy Baby Daddy, Bet On Your Baby is produced by Ben Silverman‘s Electus and 5×5 Media, who together co-produce NBC’s Fashion Star and TBS’ King Of The Nerds. The series was inspired by the huge popularity of baby videos online. Each hourlong episode will feature five families with toddlers between the ages of 2 and 3 1/2. While their parents and other relatives compete in the game show, the kids, oblivious to the game, will play and complete simple tasks at a giant playground, with the adults trying to predict the outcome. The individual rounds determine which parent/relative in each of the five families know their child best. At the end of the show, the five families return to play the college round for the chance to win $50,000 towards a college education for their child. “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.
CMT’s first foray into scripted TV proved short-lived. The music-driven cable network has canceled its first original sitcom, Working Class, after one season. “Unfortunately, CMT will not be pursuing a second season of Working Class,” a note posted today on the show’s Facebook page read. “We’re sad to see it go, but you can still catch Melissa Peterman in new episodes of The Singing Bee.” Working Class stars Peterman as a single mom trying to give her kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. Ed Asner stars as the cranky, surly neighbor and co-worker. Word is the series, created by Jill Cargerman, is now being shopped to other networks, including TV Land. Working Class started off OK, drawing 1.2 million viewers and a .50 rating in adults 18-49 in its January premiere, but slipped subsequently during its run, which concluded with the first-season finale April 1.
CMT has picked up one of its highest-rated series, The Singing Bee, for a third season. The karaoke singing competition, from Juma Entertainment and the Gurin Co., is hosted by Melissa Peterman, who also toplines the network’s first scripted sitcom, Working Class, slated to premiere on Jan. 28. Singing Bee creator Gurin, who executive produces the series with Bob Horowitz, has signed with CAA. He was most recently at Octagon with John Ferriter who previously repped him at WMA. Gurin is also creator/executive producer of CMT’s Your Chance to Dance and has served as an executive producer on the Miss Universe and Miss USA shows on NBC for the past 8 years. His business manager is Alan Goldman.
EXCLUSIVE: CMT is officially in the scripted series business with the pickup of comedy pilot Working Class to series. I hear the cable network has given the the multi-camera project from writer/executive producer Jill Cargerman (Gary Unmarried) a 12-episode order. Working Class stars Reba alumna and The Singing Bee host Melissa Peterman