Jeff Foxworthy, host of the popular game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” has signed a contract with GSN (the Game Show Network) to emcee a Scripture challenge. The new show will be called “The American Bible Challenge.”
According to a statement by GSN, questions will be designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture. Contestants on the show will share their personal faith stories before a live studio audience. Competing teams will represent “worthy faith-based organizations.”
Foxworthy—the self-proclaimed “redneck”—said, “I am excited to be hosting a show about the best-selling book of all time.” His goal is to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way.
“The American Bible Challenge” will be produced by a company called RelativityREAL, in consultation with members of the nonprofit Odyssey Networks. Not all of RelativityREAL’s projects are inspirational: Among the company’s TV credits are the Showtime reality series “Gigolos,” TV Guide Network’s “Hollywood Girls Night” and TLC’s documentary “Ted Haggard: Scandalous.” Other new shows include “Pure Gold,” an inside look at the gold buying industry focusing on the lives of people who sell their gold to national buyers; and a show called “I Do, Now I Don’t,” about a New York business which specializes in secondhand engagement rings after a relationship turns sour.
Filming for the pilot of “The American Bible Challenge” began at the end of March; no broadcast date has been announced.