ABC Wagers on ‘Bet’

Jun 1, 2007  •  Post A Comment

ABC ordered the variety-game show “Wanna Bet” from producer Phil Gurin, sources close to the deal said.
The series is based on the hit German production “Wetten dass…?” and is hosted by U.K. comedy duo Ant & Dec. ABC has ordered six episodes of the series, which will debut sometime next season.
The series marks the third recent greenlight for Mr. Gurin, whose “Singing Bee” debuts on NBC this fall and whose “Do You Trust Me?” was recently ordered by CBS. Mr. Gurin’s prior track record includes GSN’s “Lingo” and NBC’s “The Weakest Link.”
“Wetten dass…?” combined sketch comedy, celebrity interviews and musical numbers. For the U.S. version, Mr. Gurin, along with fellow executive producer Marc Jansen (“Lingo”), have tweaked the format to focus on celebrities betting whether ordinary people can perform extraordinary stunts.
Ant & Dec, short for Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, are popular British comedians with a lengthy track record of both adult and children’s comedy programming. ABC did not return a call seeking comment.
(Editor: Baumann)


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