GSN has greenlit original series Idiot Test, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, it announced today at its upfront in New York. GSN ordered 40 episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut later this year. It also re-upped hit series The Chase and set premiere dates for returning The American Bible Challenge and new original series It Takes A Church as it unveiled its 2014 development slate. The network ordered 13 episodes of Chase for Season 3, which is slated to air this year. Hosted by Brooke Burns, with Mark Labbett, The Chase has been seen by more than 15 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013, GSN says. The network also announced that the third season of its highest-rated original series of all time, American Bible Challenge, will premiere May 22 at 8 PM with two back-to-back original episodes. It will continue with new episodes Thursdays at 8 PM. The upcoming original series It Takes A Church will premiere on Thursday, June 5 at 9 PM following original episodes of American Bible Challenge. GSN also revealed an integration deal with ChristianMingle, the largest online community for Christian singles for the new series. Click over for a complete description of GSN’s slate:
GSN Greenlights Original Series ‘Idiot Test’, Re-Ups ‘The Chase’, Sets Season 3 Premiere Date For ‘American Bible Challenge’, Unveils 2014 Slate
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed comedian Jeff Foxworthy and will represent him in all areas. Foxworthy is a big earner in the heartland: He’s the biggest-selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, author of more than 26 books. He’s also a founding member of the Blue Collar Comedy group, which did one of the more successful stand-up tours ever. Foxworthy, who had been repped by Paradigm, is also an avid outdoorsman who has built a merchandising empire based on his blue collar brand. The agency will rep Foxworthy Outdoors, the lifestyle and branding company headed by CEO Larry Burns.
In film and TV, Foxworthy most recently reprised his voice role of Handy Smurf in The Smurfs 2 for Sony Pictures Animation, and he is hosting the third season of The American Bible Challenge for GSN. He’s coming off hosting The American Baking Competition for CBS and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? He also can reliably tell you if you’re a redneck. Foxworthy continues to be managed by J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment.
Musician and producer Kirk Franklin will join GSN‘s The American Bible Challenge as musical co-host for the second season of the network’s breakout studio-based game, in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Franklin, along with musical director Kris Pooley, will lead a choir that will be featured on the show. Season 2 of American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and produced by RelativityREAL, will premiere March 21. “The show is a fresh and fun approach to celebrating the Word of God, and being able to provide an element of praise, worship and honor is both exciting and humbling,” Franklin said. The series premiere last season delivered 1.7 million viewers, a record for GSN.
GSN said today that the second season of The American Bible Challenge will return on March 21. Also coming in March, the network said, is the new reality series Family Trade which debuts on March 5 with two original back-to-back episodes at 8PM and 8:30 PM. (UPDATE, Feb.1: GSN said today that Family Trade is now going to debut on March 12) The first season of American Bible Show delivered GSN its highest viewership in 17 years with the show’s August 23 debut. The Jeff Foxworthy hosted faith-based game show is the network’s top original series ever. The network ordered nine one-hour episodes of season two. Family Trade is about the quirky barter system employed by G-Stone Motors, a GMC and Ford dealership in Middlebury, Vermont. GSN has ordered eight episodes of the series from Lionsgate and Eli Frankel’s studio-based Rogue Atlas Prods.
Jeff Foxworthy is coming back to test your knowledge of the Good Book. GSN announced today that it has ordered a second season of The American Bible Challenge. The order is for nine episodes of the one-hour game show. New episodes will air in 2013. American Bible Show delivered GSN its highest viewership in 17 years with the show’s August 23 debut. The show is now the network’s top original series ever. RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman, Embassy Row’s Michael Davies are executive producers with J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of the multi-faith media coalition Odyssey Networks are consulting producers. Foxworthy also serves as a producer.
Game Show Network announced that it has set an August 23 premiere date for The American Bible Challenge, the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted game show that the network announced back in January. The one-hour show tests contestants on their Bible knowledge and is produced by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire executive producer Michael Davies of Embassy Row and Tom Forman of RelativityREAL. Questions will be drawn from the Bible’s narrative, and a team of contestants will play for a charitable organization. Bible Challenge will air Thursdays at 8 PM and be followed at 9 with another new series, Beat The Chefs, which also premieres August 23.