Burnett's 'Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?' to debut February 27
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/31/2007
Fox has announced that Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, a new Mark Burnett game show that will test "the lack of knowledge" of adults by seeing how much they've forgotten since elementary school, will premiere with half-hour post-American Idol episodes on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30PM ET/PT.
Following the two half-hour episodes, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? will "graduate" to one-hour episodes and finish its initial six-episode run with broadcasts on Thursdays at 9PM ET/PT on March 1 and 8 and Thursdays at 8PM ET/PT on March 15 and 22.
In each episode of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, a group of grown-ups will 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 will be 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 will have the chance to cheat by getting some help from actual elementary-aged students, who will 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.