"Are You Smarter"--The
Scandal - February 26
Last week I detailed how I think "Are You Smarter Than A
5th Grader" would be a hit. This week, the plot thickens
as Fox is in the middle of a potential scandal.
On February 5, on "We Love to Interrupt" Gordon Pepper
interviewed a 5th grader who was involved in the
auditioning and casting process. The student detailed
the deceptive advertisement in Craigslist and the
casting of kid actors in the roles of "real 5th
The parent has now told me that a child who made the
show was given help on an audition test by his mother.
This parent and her child pointed out the cheating to
staff of the show, who didn't seem to care.
Now, this bothers on me on many levels. The
Communications Act of 1960 was passed to prevent of the
rigging of game shows. And what this is maybe not be
rigging per se, but it smacks of casting for the sake of
casting, rules and intelligence be damned.
If what the parent has told me is true (and I trust this
person wholeheartedly), then this is a black eye for Fox
and Mark Burnett. This smells really bad. What does it
say when a network such as Fox would ignore basic game
show casting rules and just cast a kid (who is an actor)
based on looks and the child not legitimately obtaining
correct answers? What does it say for any casting
director? Doesnt it taint all the shows who do follow
Burnett and Fox should be ashamed of themselves. The
only thing that would make this right would be if the
kid was pulled from the show immediately. And the show
should be pulled and boycotted if the kid is not.
Because if this goes unchecked, this will be a black day
for game shows and game show casting.
And you don't need to be smarter than a 5th grader to
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