via press release:
GSN RENEWS HIT ORIGINAL SERIES ‘THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE’ FOR THIRD SEASON
Jeff Foxworthy Returns as Host, Kirk Franklin as Musical Co-Host of GSN’s Number One Original Series of All Time
Santa Monica, CA – August 8, 2013 – GSN announced today that it has ordered a third season of its highest-rated original series of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a one-hour game show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Grammy® winner Kirk Franklin, who joined the show as musical co-host in season two, also returns for season three. The network has ordered 9 episodes for season three, which is slated to air in 2014.
“We are proud of the breakthrough success of this atypical series,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP, Programming and Development, GSN. “The American Bible Challenge is GSN’s flagship show that appeals to everyone in the family. This series, along with recent hits ‘Minute to Win It’ and ‘The Chase,’ serves as the foundation from which we will build on and double our programming efforts in the next year.”
Tom Forman, CEO, Relativity Television said, “Sometimes a show perfectly hits that sweet spot of exciting competition blended with real heart, and that's the story of ‘The American Bible Challenge.’ Our TV and online fans can look forward to another fantastic ride in our third season.”
Host Jeff Foxworthy said, “I am happy the show has been received so well and through it we have been able to help many people that are in need.”
THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, produced by Relativity Television, garnered the network’s highest delivery in its 18-year history with 1.7 million total viewers for its August 23, 2012 series premiere. Factoring in the encore airing, the premiere episode was watched by over 2 million viewers. The second season premiered on March 21, 2013 and built upon the success of season one with year-to-year increases of +34% W18-49 and +17% W25-54. THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE has now been seen by over 21 million viewers.
The success of the show has extended to digital and social platforms with the launch of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE GAME for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle and Facebook, which currently has over 5 million gameplays, close to 400,000 users and ranks as the #1 Bible trivia game. The game is also among the top 10 free trivia games on the iPhone.
Comedian and author Foxworthy hosts this lively studio-based game in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current pop-culture as well as historical references, questions are drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world's best-selling book. The contestants share their compelling back-stories and each team plays for a charitable organization.
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THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE is produced by Relativity Television for GSN, with Relativity Television’s Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) serving as Executive Producer. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers. Odyssey Networks is the country’s largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff Foxworthy also serves as Producer. Embassy Row’s Michael Davies as well as Parallel Entertainment’s J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak serve as Executive Producers.
GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 77-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN’s popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital’s free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and DIRECTV. For further information, visit GSN at GSNTV.com.
About Relativity Television
Relativity Television, under the leadership of award-winning producer Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kid Nation), has quickly become one of the country's largest suppliers of unscripted television and has recently expanded to scripted programming with the development of scripted sitcoms, dramas, and sketch comedy series. Relativity Television currently has 70 projects in active production, including 17 original series currently airing or that will air in the upcoming television season. The company, which was launched in 2008 as RelativityREAL and recently rebranded as Relativity Television, has overall production deals with TV veterans Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, Ashley Tisdale’s Blondie Girl Productions, executive producer Ellen Rakieten (The Oprah Winfrey Show), Ray Ricord, Bogner Entertainment and This is Just a Test Productions.