The Child Support TV Show premieres tonight (January 5, 2018) on ABC! As part of the #ABCTVEvent, I had the opportunity to preview the pilot and interview the host of the show — Fred Savage!
I had the opportunity to interview Fred Savage about his new Child Support TV series while on a sponsored trip on behalf of Disney. He was a blast to interview and the show was full of laughs!
Child Support TV Show
My family loves a good game show. I’ve always enjoyed watching them, especially when I’m just looking for a way to sit back and relax for a bit.
Now that I have kids, I’m always looking for things that we can watch together. When Child Support premieres on ABC tonight at 8/7c, we’ll all be watching because it’s great entertainment for the entire family!
About Child Support TV Series
“Child Support” is a one-hour show that features adult contestants and priceless interactions between funnyman Ricky Gervais and a group of five kids who say the most unpredictable things.
On the show, hosted by Fred Savage, contestants are asked to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais.
It’s a really simple premise but that’s all you need when you have Fred Savage, Ricky Gervais, entertaining contestants, and a panel of kids!
Interview with Child Support Host Fred Savage
I’ll admit that it was pretty cool to interview Fred Savage. I grew up watching The Wonder Years so it was to sit down and talk with him about his latest project.
One thing that I loved about the interview is that Fred Savage is a parent just like us. It was great to talk to him about the show through the eyes of a parent.
During our interview, there were a few things that he said that really stuck with me and made me even more excited to sit down with my family and watch!
Fred Savage mentioned that he got involved with the Child Support TV show because he wanted to be able to enjoy a show with his family and not have to worry. It was important to him that it was appropriate to watch with his family and that is something I appreciate as a mom.
He didn’t want to get comedy out of suggestive things that kids don’t need to be talking about. Child Support is entertaining and had us all laughing without using innuendos and humor that isn’t really appropriate for kids.
As a father, show reinforces the idea that kids know a lot. Reinforced that element of what you know about your kids and parenting.
“I think it definitely reinforced this idea that (. . .) kids know a lot of stuff. Like, stuff you would never anticipate and stuff that they probably don’t even know they know.”
Fun Facts About Child Support
- The kids stay the same for the most part so you get to know them from week to week.
- The questions are mostly contemporary cultural references.
- The show was filmed over the course of two days so Fred Savage doesn’t know how the episodes were structured after filming.
- He felt that the did a great job selecting the contestants. He really connected with a lot of them.
- During filming, he wore an earpiece to help direct him. He had to be told a few times to not let his face indicate anything!
- He feels that there is a lot of fun in watching when the contestant gets it wrong and the kids get it right.
- Fred Savage and Ricky Gervais only spoke on the phone a few times. They’ve never met!
After watching the first episode of the new Child Support TV show I’m looking forward to watching it as a parent. Knowing the host is a parent and had good intentions with his part in the show, makes me want to share it with my kids.
I love meeting a new celebrity and finding out how similar we are. When we asked Fred Savage if he’d support his kids if they showed interest in acting, I loved what he had to say.
It’s his world. He understands this world. If they wanted to be on an elite sports team or a dance team, he’d support them. He’d just be going in a little scared. It’s not his world. It’s not what he’s familiar with.
Isn’t that what we all strive to do as parents? Support our kids and their interests, even if we’re doing it scared? I loved this!
CHILD SUPPORT premieres Friday, January 5th at 8/7c!