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Bet On Your Baby (PREVIEW)

Bet On Your Baby

Air Date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Melissa Peterman (Reba) hosts the latest ABC game show titled Bet On Your Baby. The game brings in a Mother/Father duo and their baby to compete for a chance to win a $50,000 college fund for their child. The object of the game is to bet on what their children will do in different scenario’s, as instructed by one of the parents, and left in a room full of distractions.

I was quickly reminded of the film Rat Race where a group of rich guys bet on mundane things like how long their maids could hang on to the drapes in their Las Vegas suite or who could successfully guess the contents of a chocolate candy out of a chocolate’s box. Bet On Your Baby is pretty much the same idea, but worse.

The bets you find on this show run anywhere from how long one of the kids can hold a ball to how many times they can get them to spin. It’s the most asinine display I’ve ever seen on a game show that hinges on the idea that the kids will have viewers coming back for more, but chances are the parents will scare off any hardcore fans.

They say that most reality shows are scripted and this game show felt no different. As a parent you spend a lot of time racking up achievements your child has accomplished and store them in your head for the moment when you can proudly boast about them. In that sense, yes, a majority of the parents reactions are scripted (by them). Right as soon as they hit the stage they become plastic, and some of them even resort to using baby talk and overacting without shame. A real turn off, not to mention host Melissa Peterman whose voice can’t seem to stay on one level. Like the parents she scales high shrill to normal to even, on occasion, baby speak.

Bet On Your Baby, to me, seemed like a pointless game, with it’s minuscule studio audience and lame challenges. The kids are cute and manage to make the show enjoyable in very small fractions of the run time, but overall I don’t see this show making it beyond season one. It’s pretty terrible. 

AJ Garcia
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