The Game Show Network, or GSN, has siged on stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy to host its new game show, "The American Bible Challenge," which will test contestants' knowledge of the Bible.
"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," said Foxworthy, who has also hosted Fox quiz show "Are You Smarter than A Fifth Grader?"
The one-hour game show is still in development, but its format will be straight-forward and recognizable to most viewers – contestants will be asked questions designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible's continuing importance in contemporary life and culture. Contestants will be split into different teams, with each playing for "a worthy faith-based organization," the GSN statement revealed.
"The American Bible Challenge" is being produced alongside RelativityREAL, and counts Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks as consulting producers. The Odyssey Networks describes itself as the nation's largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives and enriches spiritual life.
Foxworthy, who will also be a producer on the show, is described by GSN as one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country.
"Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain's," the GSN statement elaborates.
According to Access Atlanta, the pilot for "The American Bible Challenge" will shoot in Los Angeles next week. GSN's commitment to put up money for a pilot means that the odds are very good it will become a series, Access Atlanta suggests.
Foxworthy's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" show ran on Fox from 2007 to 2010, and GSN says it hopes to replicate a similar run of its Bible challenge program.