'Fifth Grader' gears up for syndication

Jeff Foxworthy expected to reprise as host

It looks like "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" is one step closer to syndication.

Twentieth Television is expected to announce shortly that it's moving forward with a syndicated version of Fox's primetime game show -- produced by Mark Burnett Prods. -- targeted for a fall 2009 launch. Jeff Foxworthy, who hosts the primetime version, is expected to host.

A rep for Twentieth declined comment, but the distributor was known to have been developing a syndicated version of the show for several months, and Burnett's company had been mulling the idea of a syndicated "Fifth Grader" as early as October.

Should a Foxworthy-hosted "Fifth Grader" get cleared for a fall 2009 launch, it would be the second game show in as many years to make the leap from primetime to syndication and with the same host: NBC Universal is launching a syndicated version of NBC's "Deal or No Deal," both hosted by Howie Mandel, in September.