Monday, June 10, 2019

Nickelodeon USA to Premiere 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader' on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release:

NICKELODEON’S ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER,
HOSTED BY JOHN CENA, SETS PREMIERE DATE—
MONDAY, JUNE 10, AT 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

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BURBANK, Calif.—May 20, 2019—Nickelodeon is set to launch the reimagined iconic family game show, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader, with a week of premieres beginning Monday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by John Cena, who also serves as executive producer, the new series follows the original premise of kids helping adult contestants put their knowledge to the test with questions taken directly from an elementary school curriculum. New episodes will continue to air Monday, June 17, through Wednesday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), before moving to its regular Monday timeslot on June 24 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Joining Cena this season is a rotating cast of 12 brainy fifth graders: Amira from Orlando, Fla.; Chloe from Queens, N.Y.; Colin from Dallas; Cooper from Porter Ranch, Calif.; Isabella from St. Cloud, Fla.; Jamir from Atlanta; Mia from New Orleans; Nick from Broomall, Pa.; Patrick from Lehigh Valley, Pa.; Quinne from Los Angeles; Saya from Peachtree City, Ga.; and Tristan from Aurora, Ill.


In an all-new format that places kids in the center of the action, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader contestants must revisit the classroom to answer six questions on a variety of subjects from the first through fourth grade, before moving on to the final round where they must race against the clock to answer five questions taken from the fifth grade. Each time the contestants answer questions correctly, their bank increases with a possible winning of $100,000. Newly-added elements to the show include an additional “cheat” option and new ways contestants can enlist the help of their grade-school classmates.


Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Chairman of Worldwide Television, MGM (Survivor, The Voice) and Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM (Beat Shazam, The World's Best). Production of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About MGM Television:

MGM Television is an award-winning, leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalogue of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy. Current scripted and unscripted projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Get Shorty (EPIX); Condor (AT&T AUDIENCE Network); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); TKO: Total Knock Out (CBS); The Contender (EPIX); Beat Shazam (FOX); and LUCA Underground (The El Rey Network); and through its distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated daytime courtroom series Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court and Couples Court with The Cutlers. In addition, MGM owns Evolution Media, producers of The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vander pump Rules, and Botched (E!); and Big Fish Entertainment, producers of A&E’s Live PD, the Black Ink Crew franchise for VH1, Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol for Lifetime and Hustle & Soul for WE TV. MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Nickelodeon:

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Update (6/6) - The 6th Annual Reality Television Awards will feature a special opening from the cast of Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader! The 6th Annual Reality Television Awards will present its winners, voted on by over 2 million ballots and 125 countries, on Sunday, June 9 at 8:00pmPST/11:00pm EST at RTVAs.com.



Are The Celebs Smarter Than A 5th Grader?


Turns out being smarter than a 5th grader is harder than we realized!


From Popsugar via Infosurhoy.com:

Why Watching This Youngsters’ Recreation Present Is Truly the Finest Exercise For the Complete Household

We’ve partnered with Nickelodeon to introduce you to your new favorite show: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, the game show where kids help grown-ups make the grade. Catch the first episode on Nickelodeon on June 10 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

Parents know that the battle for the remote is no joke. Pretty much every family member is ready to duke it out for control of the TV, from your youngest who wants to watch cartoons to your teenager who only cares about her favorite teen drama.

There is one show with the power to bring the whole family together in front of the TV, though: Nickelodeon’s new show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? This kid-friendly game show, hosted by John Cena, has something for everyone: goofy challenges that will delight kids, educational material that parents love, and humor the whole family can get behind. Here’s why watching Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with your kids can be such a fun bonding moment, and why you’ll want to tune in when it premieres on Nickelodeon on June 10 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.

Parents will be happy to learn that the host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is a celebrity they already know and love: John Cena. Equal parts funny, goofy, and encouraging, Cena is endearing to viewers of all ages. Whether he’s cheering on a fifth-grade contestant or coming up with some silly stunt, Cena makes Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? that much more fun to watch.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? takes a subject that kids might ordinarily find tedious — school — and turns it into a superfun game. The same kid who usually resists practicing her multiplication tables might be gleefully shouting out the answers to math questions while the contestants try to puzzle them out. Plus, it lets kids show off the skills they’ve learned in school and makes being smart seem cool.

Just because Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is geared towards kids doesn’t mean that it isn’t also fun for parents. Most adults already know and love hilarious host John Cena, and kids will think he’s hysterical even if they’ve never seen him before. Plus, the idea of school-aged kids facing off against — and beating — adults at simple trivia questions is always funny.

One of the best parts about Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is its easy-to-understand game show format. Even if you’ve never seen the show before, you’ll be able to play along and test your knowledge at home. Encourage your kids to try to puzzle out the answers along with the contestants, or divide the family into teams to see who has what it takes to win. Kids will be thrilled when they manage to answer a question that their parents can’t figure out!

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is one of the few kid-friendly shows that the whole family can get into; parents won’t be counting down the minutes until bedtime so they can watch their own shows. Everyone will be laughing along, shouting out answers, and engaging in some gentle competition — it’s basically family game night! Tune into the first episode on Nickelodeon on June 10 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT to see what we mean.

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From the Orlando Sentinel:

Two Central Florida girls star in new version of ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’

Two Central Florida girls are in the rotating cast of a new version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” on Nickelodeon.

Isabella Schmitt, 10, of St. Cloud, and Amira Martin, 11, of Orlando, are among the dozen fifth-graders playing in the game show hosted by John Cena.

The series debuts at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, and airs in the time slot through Friday, June 14. More new episodes will screen at 7 p.m. June 17-June 19. Then “5th Grader” settles into its regular 7 p.m. Monday time slot on June 24.

Isabella is in the premiere, and Amira’s first episode will be June 19.


Isabella Schmitt, 10, of St. Cloud, is in the rotating cast of 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.' - Original Credit: Nickelodeon (ART STREIBER / Courtesy photo)

All the children are featured prominently through the season because each episode features five of the 12, a Nickelodeon spokesman said.

Isabella’s favorite subjects are history, geography and social studies. She loves animals and hopes to be an animal behaviorist when she grows up. Her show bio says she can answer any question about sloths, and she loves to dance ballroom, hip hop and modern.

Amira’s favorite subject is science, and she wants to work at NASA as an astrobiologist or astronaut. Her show bio says she is ready to prove there’s life beyond Earth. She also loves dance and competing in dance competitions.


Amira Martin, 11, of Orlando, is in the rotating cast of 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.' - Original Credit: Nickelodeon (ART STREIBER / Courtesy photo)

The children still help adult contestants with questions from an elementary school curriculum. The contestants must answer six questions on subjects from the first through fourth grade. They then move to the final round and race against the clock to answer five questions from the fifth grade.

Contestants have the possibility of winning $100,000. They have new ways to draw on their grade-school classmates.

Nickelodeon said the new version of the game show puts kids at the center of the action.

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From POPSUGAR via Infosurhoy:

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We’ve partnered with Nickelodeon to highlight the show that’s charming kids and parents alike: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, the game show where kids help grown-ups make the grade. Catch the first episode on Nickelodeon on June 10 at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT.

The role of game show host is a truly unique position. A good host isn’t just there to explain the rules or read out the questions — a truly memorable host infuses the game with personality, and brings out the contestants’ playful sides.

There’s no standard formula for success, either: each host’s persona has to fit the game he or she oversees. A goofy comedian who loves slapstick humor wouldn’t be a match for a fairly serious trivia game, for instance, whereas a straight-laced host wouldn’t fit an off-the-wall challenge show. That’s why John Cena, the host of Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? plays such a crucial role on the show: he manages to bridge the gap between grown-ups and kids, whether they’re competing on the show or watching at home.

Parents might know Cena from his wrestling career, movie roles, or other TV appearances, but kids will come to know him as the funny guy on Nickelodeon. When you watch Cena interact with the genius contestants on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, it’s obvious that he loves his job and that he’s really rooting for every kid. His goofy, easy-going personality is not only endearing, but also helps children see him as a guy who just wants to have fun.

Cena isn’t just hilarious, though — he’s also a brainiac in his own right. Did you know he speaks Mandarin? However, he’ll be the first to admit that he’s still learning the language. Both the supersmart kid contestants on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and kids watching at home will see him as a role model — someone who proves that it’s cool to be smart.

Last but certainly not least, Cena makes each and every episode of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? look like so much fun. He’s always performing goofy antics, like busting through cardboard boxes or running through toilet paper streamers. When a kid contestant gets an answer right and totally schools an adult, Cena is the first to cheer them on and give out high fives.

Once you tune into Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, it becomes clear that Cena is the complete package. He’s a natural comedian, goofy kid at heart, great role model, and a downright blast to watch. Tune into the premiere of Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on June 10 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT to find out for yourself. Trust us — you’re going to be laughing out loud.

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From EW:

How the WWE prepared John Cena to host Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader


John Cena is going from wrestling adult men to hosting a game show with kids, but no matter the perceived difference between the two gigs, the face of Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader is still pulling from the same mindset.

“There is no way I can ignore my experience in the WWE for preparing me for something like this, where you not only have to be a vehicle to move the show along but not being afraid to have a personality,” Cena tells EW. “I think that is a lot of WWE is. There are many more things I learned performing in the WWE that helped me with this experience — as they do with every experience.”

And it’s the similarities that Cena sees between the WWE and Nickelodeon that has kept his relationship strong with both, having twice previously hosted the network’s Kids’ Choice Awards. “We have the same goals,” says the 42-year-old. “We want to put smiles on people’s faces. That literally is Nickelodeon’s ethos and it is one that the WWE shares and one that I certainly agree with. When you want to make kids and families happy, it makes it a lot easier.”

Like the original, which ran on Fox and was hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, the new Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader has adult contestants putting their knowledge to the test with questions taken directly from an elementary school curriculum for a cash prize ($100,000 is up for grabs here). But Cena says this time around they are putting the spotlight elsewhere. “The show is largely based on showcasing the kids,” he shares. “Not just their smarts and intelligence, but also their skills and personality. I thought that was a really nice angle to reboot the show and very well-executed. It really empowers the youth to not be afraid to be who they are and say what they know, which is important.”

And there is one thing that Cena can say he knows with confidence after this experience: “I figured out that I am definitely not smarter than a 5th grader.”

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader premieres Monday at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

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From TheWrap:

John Cena Says ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’ Is More About Learning Than Winning

“The show is not about right answers. It is about learning and a lot of our learning is done through our failure,” WWE superstar and Nickelodeon host tells TheWrap

Although the $100,000 prize money is pretty sweet, that’s not the focus of Nickelodeon’s revival of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader,” host John Cena tells TheWrap.

Unlike Fox’s original series where the spotlight was on the adults winning the jackpot, Nick’s version is all about the kids.

“On the original show, a lot of the stress was placed on the contestants’ shoulders. It was dramatic in terms of ‘will they win the big prize or not?’ There’s still big prize money — this is the biggest Nickelodeon has ever given away — but the show is about the kids,” Cena said of the revival that premieres Monday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

“We have more kids and we’re not afraid to showcase their talents. The show is about creating a fun environment to see who they really are, and in the process, we really learn a few things and have fun,” he told TheWrap.

“The adults can win up to $100,000 if they ace the fifth grade, which is very, very difficult. It is still a game show but even when the contestants reach a struggling point, everyone on the show has a great time.”

Entertaining young audiences is something the longtime WWE Superstar knows a lot about, and it was that mutual endgame that first attracted him to Nickelodeon. “At their upfront presentation, they said their goal is to put smiles on people’s faces, which is what we constantly say at WWE,” Cena explained.

While the original version of the show embarrassed the adults if they were beaten by the fifth graders, Nickelodeon’s revival takes a more positive tone.

“Every time we hit a precipice of someone doing badly or getting a wrong answer, I stress that the show is not about right answers. It is about learning — and a lot of our learning is done through our failure, that is where a lot of our growth comes from. I’ve had moments in the show where a fifth grader will get a question wrong and I can see them thinking ‘I’ve let you all down.’

“I tell them, ‘I bet you won’t forget it now.’ Learning sometimes is tough and you learn a lot through failure and from that uncomfortable place. That is a great message to send to kids and parents.”

According to the official description from Nickelodeon, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” contestants must revisit the classroom to answer six questions on a variety of subjects from the first through fourth grade, before moving on to the final round where they must race against the clock to answer five questions taken from the fifth grade. Each time the contestants answer questions correctly, their bank increases with a possible winning of $100,000. Newly-added elements to the show include an additional “cheat” option and new ways contestants can enlist the help of their grade-school classmates.

Taking on a new hosting gig means that Cena will be spending far less time in the WWE ring moving forward. “It doesn’t mean that my heart doesn’t lie with WWE, I’ve often said that if I’m doing something like this then it’s impossible to do something like that,” he said. “I’m older now, I just turned 42. I watch WWE on a regular basis and the talent is getting faster and more precise, and I’ve always been referred to as ‘unorthodox’ so I’m not exactly the most precise,” he added, stressing that the WWE is doing just fine without him.

“They don’t need me, I am grateful for everyone who says ‘we miss you,’ and there was a time when I could genuinely say from a financial standpoint that they needed me, that time is up.”

Where you will see more of the “Smackdown” superstar is on the big screen. On Friday, Cena confirmed on Twitter that he is joining the cast of “Fast & Furious 9” opposite franchise veterans Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez.

Before the casting became official, Cena told TheWrap how much he hoped the deal would come through.

“It is a tremendous, globally-successful franchise … it has been built around cars, which I love,” he said. “I would be put around people that are better than me … I could really be a sponge and it’s a huge opportunity for growth. I always say that if you’re the smartest guy in the room then you’re in the wrong room. I would really love the chance and I promise that if I do get the chance, I will do my best.”

Speculation has also been rampant that Cena will join the cast of the “Suicide Squad” sequel, which he could neither confirm nor deny, but said that it “would be a tremendous opportunity for growth.”

“You have to get everything buttoned up before you can make it official, I don’t want to say anything … I will just say that if that opportunity presents itself, then I will be very grateful to take it,” he said.

“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” is executive produced by Mark Burnett, chairman of Worldwide Television, MGM (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Barry Poznick, president, Unscripted Television, MGM (“Beat Shazam,” “The World’s Best”). Production of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, executive vice president, Unscripted Content.

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