FOX orders Are You Smarter Than A 5h Grader back to school, primetime in 2015

FOX is having such a tough fall already that the network is sending itself back to school, reviving the game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with host Jeff Foxworthy in time for primetime in 2015.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? shares so much DNA with the FOX brand that it feels only natural to return it to the schedule – it’s smart, witty, irreverent and it turns the adult/child power dynamic upside-down,” said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Fox Broadcasting Company. “All of the core components of the classic format will be there, but we are also adding new twists that make it fresher and more fun for viewers.”

Executive producer Mark Burnett added: “I have loved this competition from our first show and the timing couldn’t be better for 5th Grader to return to FOX, as there is nothing like it on television. Kids today are smarter than ever and the adults who try to take them on will have an even harder task ahead of them.”

FOX has at least an hour already to fill in its schedule, having just canceled reality experiment Utopia this week.

The game show debuted on FOX in February 2007 and ended its initial run on network TV in September 2009, before moving immediately into syndication and GSN for another two seasons to 2011. Foxworthy has hosted all of its American editions.

As the title suggests, the game pairs adult contestants (sometimes celebrities, as in FOX’s second season) with kids to see how much the grown-ups remember from their elementary-school days in the classroom, with all of the quiz questions coming from actual textbooks used by students from first through fifth grade.

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? is produced by United Artists Media Group and internationally distributed by MGM.

No new premiere date for the show was announced yet.

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