Nickelodeon to Revive ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’ With New Host John Cena

Among much other news this morning

Last Updated: February 14, 2019 @ 7:46 AM

Nickelodeon is bringing back “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” with new host John Cena, who will also executive produce.

The original game show was hosted by stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy and aired on the Fox broadcast network. “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” was created by Mark Burnett and hails from MGM.

The format of “5th Grader,” which has been adapted in several countries, sees adult contestants answer questions as if they came from an elementary grade school quiz. There were actual (smart) fifth graders on stage to help out, or to make the adult look dumb — sometimes both.

The first “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” aired from 2007 to 2015, over which Foxworthy amassed 111 episodes. In 2010, the show was nominated for — but did not win — a Daytime Emmy Award.

Nick is dropping a ton of news this morning. The kids’ network is also planning several “SpongeBob SquarePants” spinoffs and reviving “All That” with original cast member and breakout star Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”) as executive producer. That sketch comedy show also expects to bring back other original cast members.

Additionally, Nickelodeon has acquired the rights to develop TV series based on Paddington Bear and the recent “LEGO” movies.