January 29, 2008 / 6:34 AM / 10 years ago

Two more games in play at NBC from Mark Burnett

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC has slotted two new reality series from Mark Burnett, the producer whose TV hits include “Survivor,” “The Apprentice” and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

Producer Mark Burnett addresses the audience about the upcoming Shrek III film during announcements by AOL regarding their 2007-2008 lineup in New York April 17, 2007. NBC has slotted two new reality series from Burnett, the producer whose TV hits include "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The family competition series “My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad” will succeed “American Gladiators” in the 8 p.m. Monday slot beginning February 18, while the comedy quiz show “Amnesia” will take over the 8 p.m. Friday slot on February 29, following a February 22 debut at 9 p.m., after the season finale of “1 vs. 100.”

NBC’s original scheduling plan had another reality series, “The Baby Borrowers,” airing in the 8 p.m. Monday slot after “Gladiators” ends its run. But NBC executives are said to have gotten excited about “Dad” after the show’s first taping over the weekend. Because of its format as a high-energy competition, it was deemed a better fit to succeed “Gladiators” than the social experiment “Baby Borrowers.”

Hosted by Dan Cortese, “Dad” features father-son and father-daughter teams competing against one another. The show was created by Jon Hotchkiss.

“Amnesia” challenges contestants to answer a range of questions from their own life for money. Dennis Miller hosts the show.

The scheduling of “Dad” and “Amnesia” follows NBC’s decision Friday to shift its upcoming acquired drama “Quarterlife” from the 9 p.m. Monday slot, where it was to air after “Baby Borrowers,” to 9 p.m. Sundays following a February 26 premiere after “The Biggest Loser.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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