Starting May 5, CatholicTV will begin annual production of its game show starring third grade students from various Catholic schools. The show is called WOW: The CatholicTV Challenge, now taping its seventh season. This year's recording of the show will be completed by May 20 and it will mark the first high-definition native acquisition of any original CatholicTV series at the network's studios.
Once production begins, approximately 100 students will squeeze into a television studio for each episode. The show's set is full of computer-controlled lights, a starlit background, and music playing in the background.
Participating schools include:
- St. Bernadette School, Northborough, MA
- St. Theresa School, West Roxbury, MA
- St. Patrick School, Roxbury, MA
- Holy Family School, Rockland, MA
- St. John the Baptist School, Peabody, MA
- St. Jude School, Waltham, MA
- St. Patrick School, Pelham, NH
WOW: The CatholicTV Challenge is a children’s game show that teaches viewers the Catholic faith. The show resembles the show Jeopardy!, yet has young contestants just like Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The host is Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and President of the CatholicTV Network, who asks contestants open-ended questions. Father Reed gives a brief explanation of the answer and occasional commentary. The audience often adds energy, laughter and erupts with shouts of “WOW!” when their classmates answer questions correctly. Each show has a Catholic theme known as the "Wudabout", that the questions are based upon. Episodes can be viewed online now at the following series page: www.CatholicTV.com/Catholic-Kids.aspx.
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