February 11, 2007 12:15 AM by Joe Reality
Laughs might outnumber correct answers when comedian Jeff Foxworthy
enrolls as host of the new FOX quiz show ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th
GRADER? Classes commence with half-hour preview premieres Tuesday, Feb.
27 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Feb. 28 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT),
and full one-hour episodes airing after AMERICAN IDOL on Thursdays,
March 1 and 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). The show will lead off the night
on Thursdays, March 15 and 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Foxworthy will be at the head of the class as this atypical game show measures adults’ lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they’ve forgotten since grammar school. Grownups will again find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they’ve already been taught, ranging from art to geography and math to social studies. In ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?, however, the players are not alone and there is a way for contestants to “cheat” in this classroom. The adults will have the opportunity to get some help – in the form of elementary advice from real grade-schoolers who have hit the books.
“Jeff Foxworthy’s humor is an ideal complement to this family-friendly format,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “I’m delighted that Jeff has agreed to come on board.”
Foxworthy, who has succeeded in the worlds of television and film, is the largest-selling comedy-recording artist in history. A multiple Grammy Award nominee and the bestselling author of more than 20 books, Foxworthy has also starred in all three “Blue Collar Comedy” tour movies. The 2006 soundtrack to Foxworthy’s “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: One for the Road” is nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mark Burnett Productions produces ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? in association with Zoo Productions. Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick and John Stevens serve as executive producers.