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Alpharetta’s Jeff Foxworthy signs on for GSN’s ‘The American Bible Challenge’

Jeff Foxworthy is dipping into the game-show pool again with a Bible-based show on GSN. CREDIT: AP

Jeff Foxworthy is dipping into the game-show pool again with a Bible-based show on GSN. CREDIT: AP

Jeff Foxworthy, the hugely popular Alpharetta-based comic, had so much success with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” that he has latched onto another game show: GSN’s “The American Bible Challenge.”

The pilot will shoot in Los Angeles next week. GSN is not a big network so the fact it’s committing money to even shoot a pilot means the odds are very good it will become a series.

According to the press release, “The American Bible Challenge” will pit contestants on their knowledge of the Bible. Each team will be playing for a “worthy faith-based organization.” In other words, it’s for charity.

Foxworthy himself couldn’t be reached for comment but provided this note in the release:

“I am excited to be hosting a show about the bestselling book of all time. It will be interesting to find out what people really know, and an opportunity to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way.”

The production company, RelativityREAL, also produces “Police Women” for TLC, “Coming Home” for Lifetime, and “The Great Food Truck Race” for Food Network, among others.

Foxworthy’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” opened with huge numbers on Fox in 2007 and ran for three seasons. It then went to syndication for two seasons from 2009 through last year.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

55 comments Add your comment

BamaGirrl

March 21st, 2012
4:48 pm

R. Lee Bays

March 21st, 2012
4:59 pm

Interesting concept. But I’m wondering how the massacre of the amalekites to include their “women, children, and infants (1 Samuel 14)” will be made “fun and entertaining.”

quake

March 21st, 2012
5:12 pm

This isn’t from The Onion? Really?

Matt the Brave

March 21st, 2012
5:33 pm

I can see the typical question…in Numbers, what is the fourth generation of Abraham on the paternal side’s name?

JTesla

March 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

I’ll take “Polygamists of the Bible” for $500 Jeff.

ihorizon

March 21st, 2012
5:45 pm

Is it Jacob from the Levites?

Gilligan

March 21st, 2012
5:49 pm

So, what happens if they have some liberal Episcopal Bishop on? Those guys just sort of make it up as they go along regardless of what the Bible actually says, so wouldn’t their answers always be right?

Grey Goose

March 21st, 2012
5:52 pm

And the earth is how old…..6000 years LMFAO

ugaprof

March 21st, 2012
6:22 pm

The Bible doesn’t say anything about the age of the earth.

R. Lee Bays

March 21st, 2012
6:48 pm

Ok, just testing folks, everybody knows our loving God’s command to slaughter the Amalekites was in 1 Samuel 15, not 14! *laughtrack*

Scott

March 21st, 2012
6:57 pm

Cool idea if it works. It’s would be nice to see what people know about the most significant and helpful book in Western Civilization. Most people these days live like they’ve never read it. We’d all be better off if we spent more time with it. (Cue the trolls who feel threatened by any mention of the Bible.)

david c

March 21st, 2012
7:14 pm

You Might Be An Israelite If You…

david c

March 21st, 2012
7:19 pm

And, I didn’t know there was an American Bible.

Deke

March 21st, 2012
7:34 pm

I hope they pre-screen the contestants thoroughly. Most Christians can’t even SPELL the word “bible” correctly, let alone tell you what’s in it.

Frank Gerber

March 21st, 2012
7:35 pm

Jesus Christ!

Wankin

March 21st, 2012
7:39 pm

“…hugely popular…” ???? Foxworthy’s hick schtick is so stale that the last Blue Collar cable show I saw couldn’t even get laughs from its audience of presumed fans. And a Bible show is the best he can do? Way past the expiration date.

projectbaby

March 21st, 2012
8:04 pm

If he does this show, he just killed his numbers. Now that he’s big bank I guess it don’t matter.He just killed a lot of future oppurtunities. Religion is too divisive for a redneck comic. If I you put your personal religious views out their regularly people start looking at you from another perspective. The buffonish things people let him get away with before will be scrutinized in a light that is not funny. I can’t understand why he would do such a show. Everybody don’t need to know how he feels about this topic.

Weena

March 21st, 2012
8:30 pm

First Romney endorsement now this. Should have known he’s one of those right wing nut cases. Hey Rodney, why don’t you and I do a gay history show?

ME

March 21st, 2012
8:39 pm

I miss the days when Foxworthy opened for the 5:00 Cheetah Girls.

One Way

March 21st, 2012
8:57 pm

Hats off to the producers and Foxworthy for sticking their neck outs and doing something for the good side. Let trust that they won’t take the word out of context and can make it entertaining. There are lots of humorous and thought provoking stories. What about the bald guy that was being teased by teenagers and he called for some Bears to come get them. Moral…don’t tease the bald guy.

Could be entertaining to some of us and could be educational for those too lazy or afraid to read.
Could be the only time in someones life they ever hear a word. Lets go ahead and watch it. Are you people afraid you might hear something that offends you? Poor baby.
There are way too many shows that lead people to believe a life of bad choices is ok and so what if they have no morals. “I’m a victim” and “Everybody is doing it.” This is just the easy way out of personal responsibility.

BUT, If the show is poorly produced or not entertaining, I will turn the channel just like you.

RGB

March 21st, 2012
9:38 pm

SCOTT:

Well Said!!

creative

March 21st, 2012
9:55 pm

one way, no one said anything about being offended. Was that a preemptive strike. I do miss the Cheetah days though.

R. Lee Bays

March 21st, 2012
10:04 pm

I must point interested parties to this link from nonstampcollector – it would seem as though the house will always win! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB3g6mXLEKk&list=UUDyWzuw_u0TBnRaoAcVg0jw&index=14&feature=plcp

lillie winters

March 21st, 2012
10:08 pm

what channel is that on? numbers please. i ‘ll watch it. why does anyone. think it should be funny? and people should not make rude comments about people and religion.

tiberon44

March 21st, 2012
10:29 pm

seems like he is auditioning to coach UGA Bulldawgs ………..

Republicans are stupid

March 21st, 2012
10:40 pm

So, is this a joke? Why would anybody watch this garbage? A special make believe book is going to be made into a game show? What’s next? Harry Potter? And before you act all crazy… Who wrote the bible? Man. It’s been translated 1,000 times written by man. Really? Noah’s arc? Come on. This show needs to fail. People who watch this show fail at life.

NotMe

March 21st, 2012
10:59 pm

In an early article about his land in South Georgia, Foxworth said he is pondering other TV projects. “People call me wanting to do shows,” he said. “Most are stupid. So I’m holding out.”

So this is what he was holding out for? So sad.

Buckster

March 21st, 2012
11:18 pm

Hey, Republican. Seriously? The Bible and Harry Potter? The fact that you bothered to click to the article, and then read it, and THEN comment on it- conveys something entirely different than what you’ve said. I do hope you find peace. Now that’s serious. And it’s ark.

tbone

March 22nd, 2012
12:37 am

Finally, a show for Christians to show how much they don’t know about their own religion.

Juke

March 22nd, 2012
3:47 am

tbone, quite true. Many non-believers know more about the bible than people who supposedly believe all of it. This show could end up being an utter train wreck and/or boring.

Matt

March 22nd, 2012
6:50 am

Republican and other bible deniers – The Bible is the most documented book in antiquity. In is the most reliable collection of historical documents from anyhere near that period of time with over 6000 complete manuscripts and 25000 partial manuscripts of the new testament alone. The Bible was written by over 40 authors who were inspired by God, in three languages and on three different contentents all telling the same story of God’s redemption and love.. We have manuscripts dating back to 25 years after the original, meaning that it was written in the lifetime of eyewitnesses which record supernatural events such as water into wine, rasing of the dead and Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection whe he appeared to over 500 men.( women and children were not included in the count) which no one could explain away. But to top it all off the disiples and early church fathers were killed becuase of their faith and faithfull following of the risen Lord. If they did not truly believe that Jesus was who He said He was and they did not see Him raised to life then they would have continued their life back where they left it when Jesus called them to follow Him. I would implore you to seek truth and believe. And yes the bible has been translated thousands of times. The only problem with that argument is that it is translated from the original texts every time and not translated from a different translation.

JayDuce

March 22nd, 2012
8:01 am

First off, well said Matt. That was awesome.

To my “Republicans are Stupid” friend: just ask yourself one question….Does God exist? Your answer to that question will determine the ability to believe that God could enable imperfect human beings to write what He wanted them to write.

Sure Noah’s “arc” seems implausible. But with an omnipotent God, all things are possible.

john k

March 22nd, 2012
8:19 am

Which version will they use?

It’ll be interesting, no doubt some Christian group(s) will be put out. The problem is, everyone thinks their particular denomination is the correct one, so if questions and answers don’t conform to their specific beliefs, there will be an outcry.
I do always find it a bit funny that so many Christians are always saying how people need the Bible, when Christians can’t even agree on who/what makes a Christian.

770to345

March 22nd, 2012
8:36 am

Forget being smarter than a 5th-grader: you’d have to be in 5th-grade to find this show the least bit interesting.

Jim

March 22nd, 2012
8:44 am

Hi “Republicans are stupid”. I used to think that Noah’s Arc was much more believable than man evolving from pond scum. But, you might be the missing link and living proof of that evolution!

Baptist Dude

March 22nd, 2012
9:02 am

Are You Smarter Than a Methodist?

Baptist Dude

March 22nd, 2012
9:02 am

Are You Smarter Than a Catholic?

teacher

March 22nd, 2012
9:03 am

I am thinking all of the contestants will be over 40, as the younger people have been the victims of watered-down church for the last twenty years.
People have no knowledge of the Bible and the importance of knowing such.
It is all entertaining church and relevance. Ha
sad

Baptist Dude

March 22nd, 2012
9:04 am

Are You Smarter Than an 0bama Supporter?

——

HINT: If you finished high school, and by “finished” I mean actually graduated, the answer is likely “Yes.”

ROLL TIDE!

trololololololol

March 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

how many people were raised from the dead?
the first person to answer me correctly gets a imaginary cookie.

trololololololol

March 22nd, 2012
9:08 am

BTW, does he not look like the trololololol singer?

trololololololol

March 22nd, 2012
9:08 am

pagan man

March 22nd, 2012
9:31 am

i’ll have to make sure that i miss this one

LaNita

March 22nd, 2012
9:35 am

My God is an awesome God! He will prevail is what ever circumstance He is in!

dtanner

March 22nd, 2012
9:36 am

he must really be needing the money

Baptist Dude

March 22nd, 2012
9:49 am

Why is the average Christian so much more polite, friendly, affable, cheerful, diplomatic, upbeat, positive & hopeful than the average atheist?

Wise One

March 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

Matt, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Ask some REAL biblical scholars. Even most ministers who go through seminary know better than this. When you look at the real history of the Bible (by the way, the Bible is not a history nor chronology), you immediately realize that it’s a hodge podge of writings put together for a particular purpose. It is neither inerrant nor authentic. If you look at it in its size and scope, the Bible says relatively very little about Jesus the Christ, yet the Christian faith is based on him.

Matt

March 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

First to all the brothers in the faith… Ephiasians 4:4 there is One God. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 we should be in agreement and have no divisions among us. Do not put down other Christian denominations because they worship or emphasize different teachings of Christ but work together to come to a better understanding of the One wh can and does save.
Second: Wise One… On what authority do you say I do nont know what I am talking about. The bible was not written as a history or a chronology and at should be widely understood. But the Bible records history from the period of it happening. There are many books and letters that do I fact set out to record history and even geniologies. The old testament of the bible records with specificity the history of the Jewish race including the beginnings of the race and the prophesies pointing to Jesus. These writings/ prophesies are documented and historically backed by non-religious sources, all of the prophesies pointing to the coming messiah were penned at least 430 years before the birth of Christ and give locations and specific events pointing to the birth, life, works, betraying of Jesus, His death and resurrection. The new testament is a compilation of 27 writings written about the works and teachings of Jesus written by different authors to differing groups of people but remarkably tell the same story which most of them died for. The Bible yells Jesus in every page. It is completely authentic and inerrant.
I would advise you not to
Ostensibly to me, “ministers who have attended seminary ” or even “real biblical scholars” but reasurch it for yourself and see what you find.
Two other points:
look at Julius Caesar in Gallic Wars. There are 10 ancient manuscripts which date 900 years after the original was penned. 900 years! Yet we believe everything we read about Julius Caeser. That is like me paying someone ( and threatening them with death) to write about my life and making sure it puts me in the best light. And then 900 years later someone buries a copy and the people living 700 years later find it and translate it and publish it in a book. Then 400 years later you read it in high school and the teacher tells you it is the truth.
Believig the bible can’t be trusted because it is written by men is like telling your math teacher that the Pythagorean theorem can’t be trusted because it was written by a man and put in a math book compiled by man. If that were the case then we should all not believe anything we have ever read because it was written by man.

Matt

March 22nd, 2012
11:43 am

Sorry for all the typos on the last post. it is hard to type on an iPad sometimes:)
The advise was to not listen to me, ministers or scholars but to research it for yourself. God has a plan for your life. See what it is. Then at least you will have only yourself to blame if you reject Him.

Godbee...with you

March 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

Mercy, why just call out the Republicans, the Bible is for everyone. Most could try an read the manuscript on an air condition, this does not stop people from getting plugged in and flipping a switch. Sometimes there are problems. It is worth the effort.