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Child Support is an American game show series, hosted by Fred Savage and starring Ricky Gervais. It premiered on January 5, 2018 on ABC. In its early development stage, the show was originally called Five to Survive in 2016. On March 13, 2018, ABC renewed the series for a second season.
A question is asked by Savage to an onstage contestant, and by Gervais to a group of five children in a backstage room. A correct answer by the contestant increases his/her winnings by one level (see below), but if he/she misses, footage of the children's responses is played back in the studio. If any of the children answer correctly, the contestant remains in the game but wins no money for the question; in addition, the highest remaining prize level is removed from play. The potential top prize is $200,000, which the contestant can only achieve by answering 10 consecutive questions correctly.
The game ends as soon as any of the following occurs:
A total of 10 questions have been played. The contestant keeps all winnings for answering the last question correctly, or receives only the money for his/her last correct answer in case of a miss.
The contestant chooses to stop after either the fourth or eighth question, keeping all money won to that point.
Both the contestant and the children miss the same question. The contestant receives $500 for each correct answer he/she had given to that point (in the first season, he/she left with nothing).
The children's responses are frequently played back for comic effect even when the contestant gives a correct answer.