Bet On Your Baby

Bet On Your BabyIs this a good thing? Should parents be betting on their babies on primetime TV? Inquiring minds want to know.

ABC, partnering with Ben Silverman’s studio Electus and 5×5 Media — they’re the brains behind “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “Fashion Star,” and “Supernanny” — announced today that they’re moving forward with a new show called “Bet On Your Baby.”

Now before you start formulating visions of babies in gambling casinos or perhaps at the track, this primetime game show features parents who attempt to predict their child’s next move in an effort to win money for their child’s future education. It’s hosted by actress and comedienne Melissa Peterman, who was recently seen in “Here Comes the Boom” with Kevin James.

Melissa Peterman, Bet On Your Baby
Melissa Peterman, host of Bet On Your Baby

The hour-long show, premiering in April 2013 on ABC, features five families with toddlers between the ages of two and three-and-a-half years old. Each family will play a self-contained, individual challenge against the house — meaning they’re only competing against themselves, and not against other babies.

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.

You know, if it was just a ploy to see parents and their babies on TV, this wouldn’t fly. But because it involves the tots’ future educations, maybe that’s a different story. We’re not sure. Just floating that out there.

Thoughts on this? Should parents be betting on their babies on primetime TV? Even if it’s for their future education?