NBC orders 'My Dad is Smarter Than Your Dad' Burnett game show
By Christopher Rocchio, 09/26/2007
NBC has announced it has ordered My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, a new Mark Burnett-produced game show that will test fathers and their families in a series of challenges for the chance to win prizes.
"Every kid thinks their dad is the best, and this series is designed to let them see who really is top dog on the block," said NBC executive vice president Craig Plestis.
Each episode of My Dad is Better Than Your Dad will follow a patriarch as he leads his respective family through a series of challenges and stunts for the opportunity to win money and additional prizes that will be up for grabs.
"The children will benefit with prize money that can be used for their future education," added Plestis.
Mark Burnett Productions will produce My Dad is Better Than Your Dad along with Reveille, and it won't mark the first time the two have worked together on an NBC show. Reveille was founded by current NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman, and the production company's first television project was The Restaurant, which aired in 2003 on NBC and was co-produced by Burnett.
"I also feel very confident because this series is in the capable hands of Reveille and Mark Burnett Productions, who are the 'big daddies' of the reality genre," said Plestis.
Burnett also has a history with NBC in general, as he created and produced The Contender's first season for NBC in 2005 before the boxing reality competition series moved to ESPN. He also executive produces Donald Trump's The Apprentice, which still has a home at NBC.
Last month, NBC also announced it had orderedAmne$ia, another new Burnett game show that will challenge contestants' memories for the chance to win cash and prizes. Burnett created Amne$ia with Roy Bank, and both created Fox's Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? game show and will also serve as executive producers for My Dad is Better Than Your Dad.
"I love this concept because it combines the family-fun and kid-empowerment of Fifth Grader with the universally relatable concept of bragging that your dad is the best," said Burnett. "This will make for a worldwide family hit."
NBC ordered eight episodes of My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, which is scheduled to premiere in mid-season.
In addition to Burnett and Bank, My Dad is Better Than Your Dad is executive produced by Mark Koops, Howard Owens and series' creator John Hotchkiss.