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Fox Slots '5th Grader' Return, 'Boom!' Premiere
Fox has set its summer schedule — including the return date for its revival of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
As other broadcast networks (NBC, CBS) continue to beef up their scripted offerings for the off months, Fox will only air the previously scheduled Wayward Pines (May 14). It's lone new effort, Boom!, comes to the lineup Thursday, June 25.
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Fox previously ordered Boom!, an Israeli format, in early 2015. Comedian Tom Papa is on board to host. The combination of that and 5th Grader means that Fox is leading the charge back into game shows — an arena the broadcast networks have been weary of since NBC's Million-Second Quiz flopped in 2013.
Summer standbys MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance join the schedule in May and June, respectively.
Fox Summer Premiere Dates
Thursday, May 14:
9-10 p.m., Wayward Pines
Wednesday, May 20:
8-10 p.m., MasterChef
Tuesday, May 26:
8-9 p.m., Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
9-10 p.m., Hell's Kitchen
Monday, June 1:
8-10 p.m., So You Think You Can Dance
Thursday, June 25:
8-9 p.m., Boom!