Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?



If you're the type who gets all riled up from the exciting competition of "American Idol" (and there must be a few of you out there), Fox has found a way to ease you into slumber. It's a quiz show called "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" from Mark Burnett Prods. and Zoo Prods.

Here's how it works: Genial host Jeff Foxworthy asks an ostensibly intelligent adult a series of questions taken from elementary school texts. If the adult doesn't know the answer, he or she can get help from a group of five brainy fifth-graders. A little help, anyway. After that, the contestant has to figure it out, and based on Tuesday's premiere, that isn't likely to happen.

Fox is using the show like a video seat filler, plugging it in whenever needed. It aired for a half-hour Tuesday and Wednesday after "Idol." It's scheduled for an hour at 9 tonight and March 8 and at 8 p.m. March 15 and 22.

The hopscotch schedule isn't the big problem, though. That would be the pace of the show. In the half-hour premiere, a grand total of six questions were asked. Six, as in one every five minutes, as in grass growing and paint drying. That's an unwatchable pace, and even a fourth-grader would have been smart enough to tell them that.

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