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'Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?' to debut new shows September 6


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/01/2007 

Fox has announced new episodes of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? will air on both Thursday and Friday nights this fall, beginning with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, September 6 at 8PM ET/PT.

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Additional one-hour episodes of the Mark Burnett-created game show will then air Thursdays at 8PM ET/PT beginning September 13, with one-hour Friday night episodes airing September 14 through October 5 at 8PM ET/PT.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?'s Friday night episodes will serve as a lead-in for Nashville, a new Laguna Beach-like docu-reality series that will follow a group of young people trying to make their mark in Nashville's music industry, which premieres September 14 at 9PM ET/PT. 

Following Fox's coverage of Major League Baseball's 2007 playoffs, The Next Great American Band -- the network's new American Idol-like reality competition series that will search for the country's best up-and-coming musical group -- will premiere on Friday, October 19 with a special two-hour episode at 8PM ET/PT before serving as the lead-in for Nashville beginning October 26.

In each episode of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, a group of grown-ups find themselves in a classroom setting dealing with subjects they've already learned, from art and arithmetic to science and social studies. 

Questions the adults are tested on are "taken from actual textbooks" geared towards first- through fifth-grade students.  But just as in grade-school, the grown-ups on the Fox series have the chance to cheat by getting some help from actual elementary-aged students, who offer what they think is the correct answer.

Mark Burnett Productions is producing Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? in association with Zoo Productions. Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick and John Stevens serve as executive producers.

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