Rob Lowe to Host ‘Mental Samurai’ Competition Series on Fox

Former “West Wing” actor will also produce the “first-ever obstacle course for the mind”

A new competition series is coming to Fox.

Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, “Mental Samurai” is described as an “obstacle course for the mind.” The new series is scheduled to air during the 2018-2019 season.

“When I was 15, I won big on ‘The $10,000 Pyramid. I’ve loved mental competition shows ever since. For me, ‘Mental Samurai’ is addicting. Every time you play, you think: THIS time I’m gonna win! But this very simple game is almost impossible to crack,” the “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “West Wing” actor said.

“Also, as a producer, I’m excited to get into this new arena,” Lowe added.

Each episode of “Mental Samurai” will have contestants battling the boundaries of their minds to answer questions quickly and accurately — all while being transported around set at high speeds in a specially designed capsule that can rotate 360 degrees.

“Never before has such an accessible game been so challenging,” added CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions Arthur Smith. “Everyone can play, however very few can win, and with Rob Lowe’s wit, warmth and encouraging spirit, the show’s first generation of Mental Samurai will have the experience of their lives.”

“Rob Lowe is the real deal. We’re incredibly lucky to have someone so committed to quality, and who brings an unparalleled zeal to each of his projects,” said President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television Mike Darnell. “He’s the perfect partner for this new series that is a literal thrill ride for your brain.”

“Mike Darnell and Arthur Smith are two of the most innovative and creative minds in unscripted television whose collaborations have been responsible for so many attention-grabbing FOX hits,” added Rob Wade, president, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Along with our incredibly entertaining host, Rob Lowe, they are the ideal partners for this one-of-a kind high-velocity competition series that takes the game show genre to the next level.”

“Mental Samurai” is produced by produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and Arthur Smith’s A. Smith & Co. Productions. Smith, Toby Gorman, Jeff Apploff and Noah Bonnett will executive produce.

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