Fox already does a pretty good job showing how dumb adults can be with its news channel, but once again the network will do it with a game show. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is getting a revival with Jeff Foxworthy coming back as host. The move comes just days after the disaster that was Utopia got the boot.
The show that made light work of embarrassing adults with elementary school trivia was a hit when it debuted seven years ago. It lasted three seasons on Fox and another two on syndication before being canceled in 2011. Today Fox finally decided it couldn't stand to be apart from the game show any longer.
"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," Fox reality chief Simon Andreae said. "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."
A fresh and fun twist would have been getting someone other than Jeff Foxworthy to host. But, hey, not all TV execs are smarter than a 5th grader.