Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell are teaming on the kids game show, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? for Fox.
The show will put one ordinary adult in a classroom set filled with about five average fifth graders; Variety says contestants will start out with $100,000 but will then have to gamble that coin by answering a series of general knowledge questions. The twist: All the questions will come from textbooks aimed at fifth graders and below. Subjects will range from first grade art to fifth grade math.
Kids won't be competing for coin but will be available for use as lifelines if players need help. They'll also be on hand to serve as comic relief, gently mocking the grownups who don't remember all the colors in the rainbow and the like. If players make the right bets, top prize on the skein will be more than $1 million.
Fox has ordered eight episodes of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?; look for it to possibly premiere in January or February.