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
“Eastern Turkey,” deadpanned contestant Schaut without even pausing to think – and that question wasn’t even part of the competition, just a query Foxworthy tossed out in passing.
The first episode is a fun time, guaranteed to appeal to anybody who grew up in Sunday school, children’s church, Wednesday night youth group or any church camp that had “Bible Bowl,” “Bible Trivia” and “Sword Drill” contests. What kind of white bird brought Noah an olive twig – signifying the great flood was receding? Even non-Bible scholars have a pretty good idea of that one.
“A good game show can last for many, many, many decades,” says network executive Bob Boden. GSN is hoping the American Bible Challenge will do just that – catching the American TV viewer’s vision for what TV could be. No sexual innuendoes, no embarrassing language, no leering host – just good fun with good people who know
it was Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah, and that the false prophets of Baal lost humiliatingly to the Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel.
“The Bible is the most popular book of all time,” says GSN’s David Schiff, senior vice president of programming and development. “There’s no denying that it has an incredibly continuing relevance in hundreds of millions of lives. We believe it is perfectly acceptable for us to take that material and those facts and turn it into a game. We’re excited about this, and we have the ultimate confidence that this is going to be a really well-received series.”
This is no 1950s Bible bowl. Thursday night, Foxworthy keeps the pace moving with increasingly difficult Bible questions that somehow include Facebook, YouTube and even the Lord of the Rings.
In episodes to come, the 18 teams from all over America will compete to advance to the semi-finals – each week earning $20,000 for the winning team’s charity. In the season-ending finals, one squad will triumph over all – putting $100,000 into the offering plate of their favorite cause.
The program airs weekly on GSN cable network, which offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 75-million subscriber television network and online game sites. That’s right, you can also play on line. Tune in to find out how.