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Jeff Foxworthy talks 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' and its return to TV

Time to bust out Brain Quest and brush up on some elementary school trivia Are You Smarter Than a 5thGrader? is back. It has been more than four years since viewers have been able to test their grade-school smarts, and returning host Jeff Foxworthy says fanshave spent that time eagerly...   Read More... //feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/kdCzuhuhaAQ/jeff-foxworthy-talks-are-you-smarter-5th-grader-and-its-return-tv

Fox sets summer premiere dates

Fox announced its summer premiere dates, which will kick off with the launch of event series Wayward Pines in May. As previously announced, Wayward Pines will makes its global debut Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Hailing from M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge, the trippy series...   Read More... //feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/8K5ACqxZaPs/fox-sets-summer-premiere-dates

Fox Is Reviving Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

  Betcha Fox's failed reality show Utopia is looking pretty good right about now. Following that show's cancellation earlier this week, Fox announced Thursday that it is reviving the...   //www.tvguide.com/News/Are-You-Smarter-Than-A-5th-Grader-Returning-1088920.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 - Featured

* Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? (8/7c CMT) It might be Thanksgiving break for most students, but the kids in this classroom are still hard at work. Tonight's contestant, Sanjaya Malakar, is no stranger to reality TV: He's a well-known and controversial contestant from Season 6 of American Idol. He's famous for creating the "ponyhawk" hairstyle and for being, according to Idol judge Randy Jackson, one of the smartest contestants to appear on the musical reality show. OK, Randy, but can he handle fifth-grade geography? * Monk (9/8c USA Network ) It's the beginning of the end for Mr. Monk and the gang as the first part of the series' two-part finale airs tonight. Monk responds to a call that leads him to the location where he first heard about Trudy's murder. His return there sparks a flurry of activity as he sets out to solve the most important case of his career. * Ugly Betty (9/8c ABC) We've already seen how hard it is for Betty to temper her urge to intervene on Daniel's behalf this season, and it has to sting that Natalie (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has been hogging all of his attention. But tonight Betty believes he's reached the point of no return with his devotion to the Community of the Phoenix - which even Amanda mocked as a bunch of hogwash - and hatches a plan with Claire, Matt and Amanda to shock him back to reality once and for all. * Storytellers (11/10c VH1) Foo Fighters perform and discuss the inspiration behind their songs. The repertoire in this concert from Culver City, Calif., includes "Big Me," "Everlong," "My Hero" and "Wheels," which was written while the band was on tour. Another song written while on tour is "Word Forward," which front man Dave Grohl, looking like a young Bob Seger with his long hair and dark beard, says was inspired by the death of a close childhood friend who helped him discover music. Its message, Grohl explains, is that "that part of my life is over...and I just have to move on." * Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (10/9c Food Network ) In seven seasons, Guy Fieri has visited hundreds of America's best greasy-spoon joints, indulging in a diet that would make a nutritionist shudder. Now he's returning to the most "off the hook" spots he's visited on his never-ending road trip, including one Texas eatery where diners can get their cars and clothes washed while enjoying their world-class lamb burgers. Source Here

Nobel Prize-winning Physicist On "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" Challenge

The smartest contestant in Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? history takes the podium on the season finale airing Friday, Sept. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. George F. Smoot is an astrophysicist and cosmologist whose work helped confirm the Big Bang Theory. A physics professor with the University of California , Berkeley and a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Smoot won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 and was also awarded the Albert Einstein Medal in 2003. With all these awards and accolades, can Smoot prove he is smarter than a 5th grader? Tune in to find out as he works his way up to the tenth question in an attempt to be the newest million-dollar winner! To Read More Click Here .

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

* Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? (8/7c Fox)''' It has been 12 years since Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was canceled, so we'll see just how rusty Dean Cain's superpowers (mental division) have become. Before donning that red Superman cape, celebrity contestant Cain did go to Princeton (his degree is in history), but that doesn't necessarily mean he's as smart as a fifth grader. * AquaPalooza on Lake Martin (8/7c CMT) A good time is sure to be had by country-music fans and lovers of Alan Jackson in particular with this unique lakeside concert performed by the superstar on Alabama's Lake Martin on July 25. More than 35,000 fans on more than 4000 boats, floats and inner tubes watched as Jackson sang many of his signature songs, including "Summertime Blues," "Livin' on Love" and, of course, "Good Time." * Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out (9:30/8:30c Showtime ) Actor-comedian Kevin Nealon, a former Saturday Night Live cast member (1986-95) and current star of the cable pot-com Weeds, flies solo as the star of his first-ever Showtime stand-up special. Among the topics his audience listens to are things that he enjoys talking about: colonoscopies; pet phrases; people who ask and answer their own questions; aging; avoiding confrontations; and first-time fatherhood. The show was taped in Hollywood. * Michael Loftus: You've Changed (10/9c Comedy Central ) Have you given any thought to what a wedding ring really represents? Or have you ever stubbed your pinky toe and wondered what that useless digit is for anyway? Well, even if you haven't, Michael Loftus has these answers and more as the comic and former writer for The George Lopez Show gets big laughs in this one-hour stand-up special. * The Suite Life On Deck (8:30/7:30c Disney Channel ) Cody is all the rage among the girls when he successfully fills in for an injured cooking teacher. Unfortunately, his star-chef status causes him to ignore the one girl he most wants to impress: Bailey. And speaking of impressions, London makes quite a splash when she claims Zack's artwork as her own and sells it for far more than it's worth. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Aug. 7, 2009 - Featured

* Monk (9/8 CT USA Network ) Monk kicks off its eighth and final season tonight as the obsessive-compulsive detective takes a case that messes with his sense of reality...well, a little more than usual. Monk eagerly becomes a bodyguard for a former child star (played by Elizabeth Perkins) who's receiving death threats. But his excitement fades when he learns the actress is nothing like her TV alter ego. * Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? (8/7 CT Fox) A number of folks who have succeeded at making themselves famous (Star Jones, Larry the Cable Guy, Sugar Ray Leonard) have appeared on the show this summer, but the notoriety that tonight's contestants have achieved is certainly unwanted: Surfer Bethany Hamilton lost an arm in a shark attack, and Jill Finley awoke from a supposedly irreversible coma in 2007. Dealing with fifth-grade geography has to be easier than that. * Eureka (9/8 CT Syfy ) Sleepwalking leads to sleep-building when a Stonehenge-like structure made of electronics and stolen scrap metal is raised in a field. In the course of his investigation, Sheriff Carter learns that the town's youths are the architects. So much for the stereotype of teenagers being lazy and unfocused. * Numb3rs (10/9 CT CBS) Actor-rapper Eve guest stars in this sometimes comical episode from February about a prized pair of stolen sneakers. The shoes in question belong to a foreign ambassador who purchased the kicks for $250,000 at auction. What makes them so valuable? They are the first pair of the final edition of a classic brand. Eve's La-La Buendia is particularly anxious that the sneaks be found because she won't receive her commission money for selling them until they are tracked down. * Chefs vs. City (10/9 CT Food Network ) In the premiere of this reality series, New York becomes a battleground for chefs-turned-hosts Aaron Sanchez and Chris Consentino, who go head-to-head with contemporaries (and network colleagues) Kelsey Nixon (Next Food Network Star) and Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix) to find the Big Apple's most appealing spots to chow down. And that's just the start: Future episodes of the series, in which Sanchez and Consentino take on foodies across the country, visit such locales as Malibu and Las Vegas. Source Here

Ratings: Walter Cronkite Tribute Tops Sunday Night, and More

Some recent ratings highlights: * Friday Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? drew 4.88 million total viewers, dropping 14 percent from last week. Lead-out Mental matched its previous audience of 3.7 mil. * Saturday NBC's Kings held steady at 1.57 mil; the series finale airs July 25. The first of Dirty Sexy Money 's four burn-off episodes was watched by 2.15 million people. * Sunday The CBS News special That's the Way It Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite was the night's most-watched program, delivering 7.41 million viewers. Lead-out Big Brother 11 (5.58 mil) dropped 17 percent from this season's first nominations episode. Over on NBC, Merlin (4.27 mil) gained 620 thou and the conclusion of Meteor - someone help me out here, did we survive? - inched up a hair to 5.2 mil. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, July 17, 2009 - Featured

* Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana (8 pm/ET Disney Channel ) Three of Disney's biggest hits ( Hannah Montana , Wizards of Waverly Place , The Suite Life On Deck ) cross over in this 90-minute laughfest that is sure to please fans of all three shows. The fun begins when Justin, Alex and Max Russo join a teen cruise on the SS Tipton, which is, of course, the home of Zack and Cody Martin... and London Tipton. Justin is crazy about London and pretends he is a doctor to get a date with her. Later, it's a fan-feeding frenzy when Hannah Montana arrives on the ship for a concert. * Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? (8 pm/ET Fox) Star Jones is a lawyer and Jack Hanna (we usually describe him as an "animal expert") is the director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, so we can assume that both know a thing or two. But what does Jones know about animals? How many constitutional amendments can Hanna recall? And can either identify a cirrus cloud or the capital of Estonia? You can find out tonight. Jones, by the way, will donate her winnings to a Harlem school and Hanna will give his to the Columbus Zoo. * SpongeBob SquarePants (8 pm/ET Nickelodeon) To celebrate a certain little sea creature's big 10th anniversary, Nickelodeon is airing a weekend full of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes. Things kick off with a new episode in which SpongeBob goes shopping for pants since all of his old ones shrunk. But there's a problem: The store has no square pants left, only round ones. Having no other choice, SpongeBob buys the round pants, and then becomes unrecognizable to his friends. Because after all, he's not SpongeBob RoundPants. * Eureka (9 pm/ET Syfy ) If you have ever wanted to see gun-toting, hard-as-nails Deputy Lupo (Erica Cerra) step out of character, you won't want to miss this misadventure, as a mishap with a DNA-monitoring system seems to change the no-nonsense officer of the law into someone a little more Fargo-friendly. Meanwhile, Carter must contend with a recertification exam that goes beyond the usual questionnaires and tests of strength. * Real Time with Bill Maher (10 pm/ET HBO ) Well, barring a "meltdown," in the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor should be on her way to confirmation by the end of this week. But after two weeks off, Maher should have plenty to talk about tonight, including health care, President Obama's recent trip to Europe and Africa, and revelations of CIA assassination squads. On hand to discuss these topics and more are blogger Markos Moulitsas, playwright Anna Deavere Smith and Montana governor Brian Schweitzer. Source Here

Ratings: 5th Grader's Return Lacks Fireworks, and More

Some ratings highlights from the long holiday weekend: * So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday drew 7.15 million total viewers, up 250K week-to-week. NBC's The Listener (3.28 mil) dropped 14 percent. * On Friday, Fox's Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? returned to an audience of 4.26 mil - a 40 percent plunge from its last outing (which was on a Thursday in December). Lead-out Mental dipped 7 percent from its previous, Tuesday outing, to 3.43 mil. * NBC's Kings (1.3 mil) slipped 240 thou on Saturday, while the penultimate episode of ABC's Eli Stone held steady at 2.65 mil. * Sunday's most-watched programs were 60 Minutes (7.7 mil) and a Cold Case repeat (6.95 mil). NBC's Merlin inched up a hair, to 4.3 mil. Source Here