Comic Jeff Foxworthy moves from hosting fifth-graders to hosting do-gooders in “Bible Challenge,” a knowledge-based game show premiering tonight on GSN.
Each hour features three teams of three Christians each. The teams compete weekly to win up to $20,000 for their favorite charity.
On a familiar audience-background set, the spotlit contestants face questions about people, objects and events mentioned in the Bible. But with contemporary twists — the “Faithbook” category presents hypothetical postings (Who would get a friend request from The Burning Bush?), while another asks whether inspirational quotes come from the word of the Lord or “The Lord of the Rings” (tougher than you might think).
The questions get progressively harder — early topics seem designed to give viewers an easy feeling of mastery — as rounds proceed from three players a team, to two, to one. Then, it’s back to three for a Final Revelation of lightning questions on a specific topic, before which each team gets 10 minutes of Bible study.
A gospel choir sings in and out of commercial breaks.
It also takes awhile for the game to get going. The premiere’s first eight minutes introduce the teams in openly sentimental film packages, both charitable (detailing their good works) and personal (an “Eye-rack” war vet, in Foxworthy-speak, repents from his former party existence).
Bottom line: “Bible Challenge” tries to cover all bases in America’s complicated Christian field.