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Don’t on ABC: Everything We Know

June 8, 2020
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Almost all of us have wondered at one point in our lives — what if we could gain something by doing nothing? Well, this is the exact premise of the Ryan Reynolds produced ABC game show, ‘Don’t’. Here, contestants can pocket a grand cash prize by doing ridiculous tasks, all with one simple rule: “Don’t.” So, how does this weird format work? Read on to find out.

Don’t Season 1 Release Date

‘Don’t’ season 1 will premiere on June 11, 2020, at 9/8 c on ABC. New episodes will land every Thursday at the same time slot. You can watch the show on the ABC app or on the official website after their tv premiere.

Who is The Host of Don’t?

Adam Scott (‘Parks and Recreation‘, ‘Big Little Lies‘) serves as the host while EP Ryan Reynolds lends his voice. ‘Don’t’ is Scott’s first venture into unscripted tv and he expressed his enthusiasm to headline the show in an interview with Deadline: “The big idea of the show, challenging people to refrain from doing stuff, caught my ear. It sounded weird and funny with tons of potential.”

Scott also added that he is a huge fan of game shows and according to him, ‘Don’t’ is a fusion of ‘Wipeout’ and ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos‘. He further stated: “I feel in my heart of hearts that watching people do embarrassing things with a high degree of difficulty for money is universal.”

What is Don’t About?

The idea for ‘Don’t’ was conceptualized around the simple fact that there are several things, which our brain advises us ‘to do’. This physical game show attempts to go against this advice and resist what the brain urges people to do. The comedic, entertaining, and unpredictable competition’s format is devised by Banijay Studios North America.

Here, we meet four-membered families who partake in various challenges. They need to work in cohesion and succeed in multiple mental and physical tasks, where the rule is — “Don’t” do something. For instance, they are asked to “don’t slip,” “don’t laugh,” “don’t scream,” “don’t blink,” “don’t wet your pants,” or “don’t forget,” among others.

Each episode features one family as they progress in different levels of tests. If they manage to complete all the challenges, they get the golden chance to win a cash prize of up to $100,000. However, if they fail in one of the tasks, one member is eliminated and has to suffer hilarious consequences. Contestants can take risks by choosing difficult options like the “don’t push” button or a “don’t you dare, you” challenge. Toward the end, if there’s only one contestant is left, s/he must go solo. The final earnings are kept by the whole family.

Don’t Trailer

You can check out the official trailer for season 1 below:

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