John Cena’s Turn as ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’ Host Begins This June

Nickelodeon has set a June 2019 premiere date for the upcoming reimagined kid-friendly game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. John Cena is taking over as host of the new version of the series which will debut on June 10th at 7pm ET/PT.

The new season of the popular series will feature 12 smart 5th graders: Amira from Orlando, Fla.; Chloe from Queens, N.Y.; Colin from Dallas; Cooper from Porter Ranch, Calif.; Isabella from St. Cloud, Fla.; Jamir from Atlanta; Mia from New Orleans; Nick from Broomall, Pa.; Patrick from Lehigh Valley, Pa.; Quinne from Los Angeles; Saya from Peachtree City, Ga.; and Tristan from Aurora, Ill.

John Cena will be handling double duty as an executive producer on the new take on the family game show. Mark Burnett and Barry Poznick are also executive producing.

“Today’s kids and parents are laser-focused on their family time together, so we want to give them shows and series that appeal to every member of the household. We’re very happy to go back to school with an amazing talent like John Cena and the MGM team for a brand-new version of this mega-hit game show,” said Brian Robbins, President, Nickelodeon.

The Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Plot, Courtesy of Nickelodeon:

The new series follows the original premise of kids helping adult contestants put their knowledge to the test with questions taken directly from an elementary school curriculum.

In an all-new format that places kids in the center of the action, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader contestants must revisit the classroom to answer six questions on a variety of subjects from the first through fourth grade, before moving on to the final round where they must race against the clock to answer five questions taken from the fifth grade. Each time the contestants answer questions correctly, their bank increases with a possible winning of $100,000. Newly-added elements to the show include an additional “cheat” option and new ways contestants can enlist the help of their grade-school classmates.