“It’s Academic” begins its 59th season with a major reboot: A new set and new studio.
Since 1961, when the show began, the show has taped almost 2,500 shows in NBC’s Studio A.
As for the old classic set, the Smithsonian has requested it and a variety of “It’s Academic” memorabilia — including items from more than 50 year sponsor, Giant Food.
“It’s Academic” has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running television quiz show in the world.
During its 58 years on the air in NBC Washington, “It’s Academic” has had only two hosts: Mac McGarry for 50 years and WTOP’s Hillary Howard, who is now starting her ninth year.
“It’s Academic” will still air Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on NBC Washington.
See photos of the new set during the first rehearsal.