TV Bulletin Board (Feb. 9)
By ED BARK
***NBC's Identity, returning sometime this spring, is holding a five-city tryout that ends in Dallas on Feb. 23-24.
Hosted by illusionist Penn Jillette, the big-money game, with a grand prize of $500 grand, garnered decent ratings during a five-night run in December. The Dallas casting call will be at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel, 4545 W. John Carpenter Fwy. in Irving. Times are from 4 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24.
***Fox has signed country comedian Jeff Foxworthy to host its new Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, set to premiere on Feb. 27 following a little show called American Idol.
Reality maestro Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) says Foxworthy's humor is "an ideal component to this family-friendly format," in which adults get to see how dumb they are by testing their knowledge of material being taught in fifth grade. Foxworthy's tagline, "You might be a redneck," could be reworked slightly for the occasion. All together now: "You might be a dumb-ass!"
***Victorious Super Bowl XLI quarterback Peyton Manning will make his first post-game guest appearance on the Tuesday (Feb. 13) edition of Late Show with David Letterman. The host is a native of Indiana and purportedly a "longtime" Indianapolis Colts fan.