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“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” is Returning

“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” is Returning

Class is back in session as adults try to ace elementary school to win big.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the popular FOX game show will be returning in primetime. Executive Producer Mark Burnett and host Jeff Foxworthy are expected to return, but no date has been set yet. The show premiered in 2007 on FOX, and then ran for two years in syndication.

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, Fox’s reality chief. “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.”

With Utopia failing, this opens a new slot to bring back the show with some twists. Are you excited to see the show return to primetime, and what changes would you like to see be made to keep the game fresh?


  1. Mike Santonato

    So this is a revival – or a renewal like Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback” getting a 2nd season on HBO after 7-8 years off…

  2. pacdude

    Considering there is no continuity in this show from season to season, the nomenclature is irrelevant.

  3. Wayne_Stevens

    I’m wondering if they’ll do a contestant search or strictly deal with those that walk into their LA offices again.

  4. LJ Johnson

    They’ll need to do something to pick up the pace in primetime though. We can only take so much of “the answer is….comin’ up right after this!” The syndicated version became a bit more enjoyable because of this.

  5. Josh Woo

    This may sound completely nuts, but I’ll throw it out there anyway.

    Suppose they had a competition amongst the class of 5th graders? Every time they “save” a contestant, they earn a gold star (on a chart somewhere in the “classroom”). Every five gold stars earns that kid, say, $1,000.

    Some extra incentive for the kids to do well, too? The show’s slow enough as it is but maybe this could help break up the monotony between questions.

  6. Darryl Heine

    If the return of Are You Smarter Than a 5th. Grader on FOX does well in early 2015, maybe before 2015 is over NBC could consider reviving Deal or No Deal with Howie Mandell to tie with the show’s 10th. anniversary on the network (Remember when ABC bought back Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in primetime in August 2009 for its 10th. anniversary with Regis Philbin hosting again?).

  7. Darryl Heine

    How about a progressive top prize jackpot for the FOX 5th. Grader revival?

  8. Chris

    When do they start auditioning?

  9. Josh Andallo

    I’d like the prize fund to be reduced drastically; a total prize fund of $250,000 should be the maximum, only because a lowered top amount would encourage more people to go for the big bucks.

  10. Wayne_Stevens

    Or they could do a better job of getting contestants on who will go for it.

  11. Wayne_Stevens

    Or they could do a better job off getting contestants on who will go for it.

  12. ooboh

    If Greed came back as well, and 5th Grader teamed up with it, my life would then be complete.

  13. Brandon Taylor

    Yes, well, one can always hope. If Greed DID return, I’d love to see Chuck Woolery back at the post.

  14. WhiteHatBobby

    One thing I’d love to see is the college freshmen who were the original Fifth Graders play for an episode or two with the new generation Fifth Graders seeing if they have to be saved by the new generation. That’s what can now happen, but seeing how a new generation plays is what makes game shows timeless — how the demographic changes in each generation.

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