Minneapolis native to host new game show

  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 6:38 PM
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Melissa Peterman, the comic and actress from Minneapolis who starred on the prime-time hit "Reba," is hosting an evening network game show that tests how well parents know their little tykes.

ABC said Wednesday that "Bet On Your Baby" will debut in April with Peterman, the mother of a 7-year-old, as the host. The hourlong show's premise? Mom and Dad try to predict their toddler's next move in an effort to win money for their child's education. The network said it has ordered eight episodes so far. "The concept of the show just appealed to me on many levels," Peterman, said, "because as a mom I liked the fact that the kids are having fun and being themselves. ... There is no one more naturally hilarious and fun to watch than a toddler."

Peterman, 41, an alum of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, portrayed Barbra Jean for more than 100 episodes on "Reba" until the show's run ended in 2007. She currently plays Bonnie Wheeler on ABC Family's "Baby Daddy." The Minneapolis native got her big break in 1996 portraying one of the hookers in the Coen brother's Oscar-winning film "Fargo."

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