Wisecracking Foxworthy, charities team up for Bible Challenge
The Game Show Network premieres a new prime-time quiz show featuring contestants who speak freely about their faith and hope to help the world
Next, the show introduces “Team Minnie’s Food Pantry,” from Plano, Texas. This squad consists of a Dallas-area storefront charity ‘s volunteer staff. Their pantry gives away food to local families in need. Team members include stay-at-home mom Lanett Patt, pantry director Cheryl Jackson and businesswoman Lynette Shofner. The latter two are sisters – preacher’s kids – and the pantry is named after their mom. Sister-in-law Lanett also helps Lynette with the related Sisters of Savings, a food coupon project that encourages locals to donate food to the pantry.
In the opening moments of the show, the Sacramento crew ace every question about Noah’s Ark – beating the Geezers and the Pantry gals at the buzzer, answering some pretty easy questions with almost a
snicker. Gee, aren’t there any tough questions on this show? Well, just wait and see.
But what is going on here? Is a game show based on Bible trivia going to fly in these politically correct times? Well, reasoned the corporate bigwigs at Sony and GSN, why not create a game show based on the bestselling book of all time? After all, more copies of the Bible are in print than any other written work. According to the New York Times, more than 40,000 Bibles are sold daily. Its sales numbers vastly exceed those of even the most popular novels.
And Americans love game shows. In its 25th season, Wheel of Fortune draws record audiences year after year. The Price Is Right is in its 39th year. And for as long as anybody can remember, Americans have shouted Jeopardy questions at their TV screens. So, why not a game show based on the world’s bestselling book?
GSN believes the Bible is about to deliver the next Deal or No Deal. They’re going after a vast, untapped market – those millions of viewers who can recite the all names of the ancient kings of Israel, can recite the major events in each chapter of the Book of Exodus, and without blinking can tell you where Mount Ararat – the final resting place of Noah’s Ark – is located.