Nickelodeon is bringing back the iconic family game show Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? with all-new episodes hosted by John Cena, who will also serve as an executive producer. The announcement was made today by Brian Robbins, President, Nickelodeon. Mark Burnett, Chairman of Worldwide Television, MGM (Survivor, The Voice) and Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM (Beat Shazam, The World’s Best) will return as executive producers of the reboot, which places kids squarely in the center of the action. Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? begins production in Los Angeles this spring and is slated to premiere later this year on Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon’s new Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader follows the original premise of adult contestants putting their knowledge to the test by answering questions taken directly from elementary school curriculum. New game elements will be added to the show, including an additional “cheat” option, new ways contestants can enlist the help of their grade-school classmates, as well as a “final exam,” where contestants must answer a question from each grade in a race against the clock.
Said Robbins: “Today’s kids and parents are laser-focused on their family time together, so we want to give them shows and series that appeal to every member of the household. We’re very happy to go back to school with an amazing talent like John Cena and the MGM team for a brand-new version of this mega-hit game show.”
Added Cena: “I’m excited to partner again with Nickelodeon to host this new series, and I can’t wait to see kids defeat grownups who find themselves back in the classroom.”
Poznick said: “It’s been over a decade since we first launched this format, and it quickly became a global phenomenon. Bringing it back for a new generation with Nickelodeon and John Cena is a truly epic opportunity.”