Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

2007, TV Show


Fox Unveils Its Plans for Sweeps Season

Fox's handy guide (press release) to the network's late April and May schedule landed in my inbox this morning. Here are a few of the highlights:Thursday, April 24 at 8 pm/ET A special two-hour edition of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? airsMonday, May 12/Monday, May 19 at 9 pmHouse's two-part season finale airsTuesday, May 20/Wednesday, May 21 at 8 pm American Idol's two-night season finaleSaturday, May 17 at 9 pm America's Most Wanted celebrates with a 1,000th capture special editionSunday, May 18 at 8 pm The Simpsons, King of the Hill and American Dad season finales air — Adam Bryant read more

Cheerleaders Do 5th Grader, More News Briefs

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? by Mike Yarish/Fox

Tonight on Fox's Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, a contestant who is a Cowboys fan (poor lunk) will have the choice of consulting the kiddies or instead huddling with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (lucky lunk!).... The History Channel's fascinating Life After People special on Monday night very much benefited from us humanfolk still being around, delivering 5.4 million viewers — the cabler's most-watched telecast ever.... AMC is rebroadcasting the Breaking Bad premiere tonight at 10 pm/ET. read more

Chaos Theory: Fox Reshuffles the Poststrike Deck

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz by Kwaku Alston/FOX

As if the implications of the writers’ strike weren’t already giving us migraines, along comes Fox to make our heads explode with its latest incomprehensible schedule announcement, covering the strike-impacted midseason from January to April (consider most everything you read from here on subject to change). The first piece of bad news was expected: The seventh season of 24 is being postponed indefinitely, until Fox can ensure the entire season can run intact and uninterrupted. Who knows when that will be? Another blow: Fox is finally living up to its threat to move Bones to Fridays, effective Jan. 4, where it will be paired with repeats of House (the Fox equivalent of Law & Order, considering how often the hit medical drama will be peppered throughout the network’s new and unimproved lineup).To try to help make sense of it all, let’s look at the schedule night by night:Monday: With 24 out of the picture, the new big-ticket midseason item is now the action-pa... read more

Is Kellie Pickler Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Is Regis?

Kellie Pickler by Denise Truscello/

Fox has announced the lineup for a celebrity edition of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, airing Sept. 6 as the hit quizzer's sophomore-season premiere, and benefiting charities. The A- and B-list names going for A+ scores are morning talk king Regis Philbin, American Idol alums Clay Aiken and Kellie Pickler, Extra's Billy Bush, skateboarder Tony Hawk and Miss America Lauren Nelson. read more

New Amsterdam May Make a Comeback

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Zuleikha Robinson by Julie Dennis-Brothers/Fox

It’s become a pattern every year that after Fox announces its new fall schedule, one of its new shows disappears as if it’s gone into the Witness Protection Program. So you’ve got to wonder if we’re ever going to see New Amsterdam, the drama that stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a 400-year-old NYPD detective. Last week the network bumped it to midseason, turning its Tuesday at 8 pm time slot over to Bones instead.Despite a tepid reception for New Amsterdam at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, a Fox insider insisted the show would turn up in 2008 when it could be launched with an American Idol lead-in. The thinking is why take a risk with a new show when the network — which has been a perennially slow starter in the fourth quarter — has its first shot in years to be competitive in the ratings this fall. What will make this fall different? Fox doesn’t have the typically low-rated first round coverage of Major League Baseball’s ... read more

Fox: Follow the Bouncing Bones

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones by Art Streiber/Fox

In recent years the Fox network has ended each season on such a high (thanks to hot franchises like American Idol, 24 and House) that we almost forget how badly Fox struggles to get traction in the fall.Perhaps sensing another fall disaster in the making, with two dark new dramas threatening to drag down its Monday and Tuesday lineups, Fox has rejiggered its fall lineup by postponing the murky New Amsterdam (about an immortal detective), originally intended for Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET, until midseason. In its place goes Bones, shifting from a tough Wednesday slot (9/8c) where this appealing procedural would have faced CBS' Criminal Minds, ABC's high-profile Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice, NBC's Bionic Woman and CW’s Gossip Girl.This makes Tuesday a pretty powerful night for Fox, with the often underappreciated Bones leading into the mega-hit House. Given the level of angst I tend to hear from Bones fans who can't help themselves from expecting the worst, having been burne... read more

5th Grader to Air Twice a Week — and Still No Recess!

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? by Michael Yarish/Fox

After Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? returns with a two-hour special on Sept. 6, the quiz show will air twice a week for a month. So besides new episodes every Friday, there will also episodes on Thursdays throughout September. However, I suspect that if you asked even a 4th grader, they'd tell you this smacks of overkill. (Does no one remember the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire phenom?) read more

Fox Keeps Things Stable - and Welcomes Back Kelsey

Past experience has shown that it's wise to write down the new Fox schedule in pencil. There's always a change or two (or three) by the time the fall rolls around. But stability was the message for the 2007-08 season: Prison Break, 24, House, Bones, American Idol, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and the Sunday animation block will all return in their same time periods next season. Sure, Fox always falters when the season begins, but the network is about to finish No. 1 in viewers aged 18-49 for the third season in a row.As far as new shows, Fox is trying to regain the edge it seemed to abandon in this past season's development (which was dismal). The most promising attempt is on Monday at 9 pm with K-Ville, starring Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as two cops in post-Katrina New Orleans. We were puzzled when a reporter asked entertainment president Peter Liguori if doing such a show was exploiting a disaster. What should a contemporary show filmed in New Orleans be about? Mardi ... read more

Coming Soon: More Lessons from 5th Grader

Fox has ordered 13 additional episodes of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, the No. 1 new program of the 2006-07 TV season in all demos.... Bravo premieres Shear Genius, a competition for high-end hairstylists and featuring such guest judges as Frederic Fekkai and José Eber, on April 11 at 11 pm/ET, following the Top Design season finale.... IFC premieres the compelling doc This Film Is Not Yet Rated March 31 at 11 pm/ET.... Dress My Nest, hosted by Queer Eye's Thom Filicia, debuts March 28 at 11 pm/ET, on Style Network. read more

Jeff Foxworthy Talks About Meeting Grader Expectations

Jeff Foxworthy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

You know you're on a hit TV show when... more than 26 million people tune in for its premiere, making it the most-watched series debut on any network in eight and a half years. TV Guide spoke with redneck comic and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? host Jeff Foxworthy about the secrets of the Fox quizzer's success. (5th Grader next airs Thursday at 8 pm/ET.) TV Guide: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is getting huge ratings. Are you surprised? Jeff Foxworthy: I feel like Cin­derella. I'm used to having shows that the network tries to keep a secret, so this is really weird for them to actually be plugging me. TV Guide: Why do you think producer Mark Burnett chose a blue-collar read more

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Premiered: February 27, 2007, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A game show testing how much contestants have forgotten since grade school in such subjects as math, geography and social studies. Executive producers include Mark Burnett (`Survivor,' `The Apprentice').



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