The American Bible Challenge

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The American Bible Challenge
Format Game show
Presented by Jeff Foxworthy
Starring Kirk Franklin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18
Production
Executive producer(s) Tom Forman
Michael Davies
Jennifer Novak
JP Williams
Location(s) Relativity Media
Hollywood, California
Running time 60 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) RelativityREAL
Embassy Row
Sony Pictures Television
GSN Originals
Broadcast
Original channel Game Show Network
Original run August 23, 2012 – present

The American Bible Challenge is a Biblical-themed game show series created by Game Show Network.[1][2][3] The series is hosted by American stand-up comedian and television personality Jeff Foxworthy.

The program's second season premiered on March 21, 2013, with Grammy Award-winner Kirk Franklin joining Foxworthy as co-host and announcer. A third season will debut May 22, 2014.

Gameplay[edit]

Three teams of three compete on each show. The winning team receives $20,000 to donate to charity, and advances in a season-long tournament; the season's champion wins $100,000 to donate to charity.

Round 1[edit]

A category is revealed, and the teams are asked three multiple choice questions under that category, with each question having four possible answers. The player that buzzes in with the correct answer earns his/her team 10 points; an incorrect answer loses 10 points, and opens up the question to the other teams. Players must wait until after the host reads the entire question (including the choices) to buzz in.

Round 2[edit]

In this round, each team has a chance to win 25 additional points. Before the show, a question was asked to 100 You-Version App users (e.g. "Would you rather fast for 40 days or eat manna for 40 years?"). Then, a question is asked about the percentage of people who answered (e.g. "What percentage said they would rather fast for 40 days than eat manna for 40 years?"). The question has 3 possible choices. During the break, each team writes their answer on a tablet computer, and each team that submits the correct answer earns 25 points.

During the first season, a variety of games were played in round 2, in the same style as round 1; questions were asked on the buzzers, for +/-25 points.

Round 3 (introduced in season 2)[edit]

Each team participates in a physical stunt. Most stunts involve teams answering questions about Bible characters, with the same set of choices given for each character. For example, in the game "Stick a Fork In It," each team must use a spoon to catapult a fork into a glass to select their answer. Where teams compete individually, each team is given 60 seconds; occasional games where teams compete at the same time are either untimed (with the first team to complete the game winning) or played in 90 seconds. In all cases, the team that wins the stunt receives 50 points; in case of a tie, each of the teams involved in the tie receives 50 points.

Round 4 (3 in season 1)[edit]

Before this round, the teams each set their strongest player aside for the "Chosen Three" round. This player moves to an area behind the teams, and cannot participate in this round. The host then asks each team, in turn, a question based on an announced category. Each question in this round is worth 50 points, with no penalty for an incorrect answer. Only the two players standing at the podium may confer and answer the question. Two questions are asked to each team in this round.

Round 5 ("The Chosen Three"; round 4 in season 1)[edit]

In this round, the player that was set aside from the previous round stands alone at the podium, with their teammates standing in the area behind them. The host asks each player, in turn, a question with six choices; three of the choices are correct. (The first question always goes to the team who started the round in the lead; the second to the team who started in last place, and the third, if needed, to the team that started in second place.) The player then makes three selections without conferring with the rest of their team. Each individual correct answer is worth 100 points, thus, a total of 300 points are available to each team in this round. The two teams with the highest total scores advance to the "Final Revelation," while the third-place team is eliminated with $2,500 for their charity.

If two teams tied with the same score for second place, or if all three teams tied with the same score, a tiebreaker question is asked. Unlike the first two rounds, the teams can buzz-in in the middle of reading a question. If a person answers correctly, they go to Final Revelation, but if the person answers incorrectly, the opposing team will automatically go to the Final Revelation.

Round 6 ("The Final Revelation"; round 5 in season 1)[edit]

Scores from the previous rounds are discarded. The host announces the category for the final round, and gives each team a copy of the Bible. The teams then move to a backstage area, and are permitted 10 minutes to study the Bible for information based on that category. In Season 2, while backstage, the teams also have the option to use the You-Version App of the Bible on the Electronic Tablet along with the copy of the Bible.

After the 10 minutes are up, the first team comes on-stage, while the second team is placed in a sound-proof booth. The host then asks the team questions from the announced category. Each question is given, in rotation, to one player, who cannot confer with teammates. Both teams play the same set of questions. Each team has a total of 60 seconds to answer as many questions as possible, and the team that answers more questions correctly wins $20,000 for their charity; the runners-up win $5,000 for their charity.

If both teams tie with the same number of correct answers after the Final Revelation, a Tiebreaker Round is played. A numerical question is asked to one player from each team, who writes down an answer. The player whose answer is closer to the correct number without going over wins.

On the Grand Finale, the team that wins the Final Revelation wins $100,000 for their charity in addition to all previous winnings.

Season 1 (August 2012)[edit]

The first season of the American Bible Challenge premiered August 21, 2012 to an audience of 1.730 million viewers, breaking all previous viewership records for GSN. On October 18, 2012, Team Judson's Legacy, consisting of married couple Drake and Christina Levasheff of Irvine, CA and their friend Dean Bobar, were crowned champions of the entire tournament, winning a total of $140,000 for their charity in honor of Judson Levasheff, Drake & Christina's son who died of late-onset Krabbe disease, a leukodystrophy.[4]

The first season garnered over 13 million viewers on GSN.[5]

Season 2 (March 2013)[edit]

The second season of The American Bible Challenge was officially announced on October 11, 2012. It was advertised that auditions would be held nationwide in November and December, and the filming for the second season would start in January 2013. The second season premiered March 21 on GSN and debuted to 1.152 million viewers. On May 23, 2013, Team Wagner Warriors, consisting of 3 brothers: Joshua, Jesse and Daniel Wagner from Owasso and Tulsa, OK, were crowned champions of the entire tournament. They won a total of $140,000 for their charity, Wagner Ministries International, a portion of which will be used for its involvement in the One Nation One Day nationwide Ministry Event in Honduras in July 2013. (The Wagner brothers had previously been quizzers and/or coaches of teams which won the Assemblies of God Teen Bible Quiz national championship four times in five years, and finished in second place two other times.)[citation needed]

Season 3 (May 2014)[edit]

On August 16, 2013, GSN officially announced The American Bible Challenge had been renewed for a third season, with both Foxworthy and Franklin returning as hosts. The third season will once again consist of nine episodes, which are expected to air Thursday May 22, 2014.[6]

Ratings[edit]

The show's premiere episode, on August 23, 2012, debuted as GSN’s highest-rated program of all time. GSN announced American Bible Challenge brought in 2.3 million total viewers (1.730m at 8:00pm, 571k at 11:00pm) for the night, which was the largest in its 17-year history.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeff Foxworthy to host ‘The American Bible Challenge’". Washington Post. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Foxworthy to host GSN’s American Bible Challenge". March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The American Bible Challenge Premieres August 2012". Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ward, David. "The American Bible Challenge: More than a game". The Deseret News. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Harry. "Comedian Jeff Foxworthy turns Bible verses into a hit game show". NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "GSN Renews Hit Original Series ‘The American Bible Challenge’ for Third Season". GSN Press Room. August 16, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara. "GSN's 'The American Bible Challenge' Debuts as the Network's Number 1 Program of All Time Delivering 2.3 Million Total Viewers". http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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