‘Fifth Grader’ Rolls Toward Syndication

Mar 25, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The syndicated version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” has been sold in 80% of the country, distributor Twentieth Television said today.
Sold to Tribune’s WPIX-CW in New York, Fox Television Stations’ KTTV in Los Angeles and WFLD-FOX in Chicago, the show also has been cleared on stations owned by Cox, Sinclair, McKinnon and Local TV.
“We are thrilled the syndication landscape will soon include the hit, ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,’” Twentieth Television Chief Operating Officer Bob Cook said in a statement. “Local stations are already looking forward to September 2009 when one of the industry’s premier producers, Mark Burnett, brings to syndication all-new episodes featuring the signature entertaining questions, the always witty Jeff Foxworthy, the adorable students and often bewildered contestants.”
“Fifth Grader” is one of a handful of new Monday-through-Friday shows announced for next year’s syndication season, joining Sony Pictures Television’s “Dr. Oz,” Debmar-Mercury’s “The Wendy Williams Show” and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “Judge Jeanine Pirro.”
Distributors have remained skittish about entering the syndication fray with new programming next season, as ad markets dry up for local affiliates, lowering the amount of money stations can pay for the license fees needed to produce programming.
CBS Television Distribution pulled back a proposed talk show for 2009 with pastor T.D. Jakes due to financial concerns at the station level. CBS said it expects to try again with Mr. Jakes in 2010.
“Fifth Grader” is produced by Mark Burnett Productions, along with Zoo Productions.
(12:35 p.m.: Updated throughout)

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