New Competition Series, MENTAL SAMURAI
FOX ANNOUNCES “MENTAL SAMURAI,”
FIRST-EVER OBSTACLE COURSE FOR THE MIND,
HOSTED AND PRODUCED BY ROB LOWE,
TO AIR DURING THE 2018-2019 SEASON
Series Comes From
Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television (“Ellen’s Game of Games”) and
Executive Producer Arthur Smith (“American Ninja Warrior”)
FOX has ordered MENTAL SAMURAI, a thrilling new competition series that pushes every aspect of human intelligence and mental agility. Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, the show is the first-ever obstacle course...for the mind. MENTAL SAMURAI is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television (“Ellen’s Game of Games,” “The Voice”) and Arthur Smith’s A. Smith & Co. Productions (HELL’S KITCHEN, “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Titan Games”), and is scheduled to premiere during the 2018-2019 season on FOX.
“When I was 15, I won big on ‘The $10,000 Pyramid,’” said Lowe. “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. Also, as a producer, I’m excited to get into this new arena.”
“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,” said 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.”
“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 Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “He’s the perfect partner for this new series that is a literal thrill ride for your brain.”
“Never before has such an accessible game been so challenging,” added Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions. “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.”
Each episode of MENTAL SAMURAI is an epic television event, as contestants battle the boundaries of their minds to answer questions accurately with speed and precision. Not only does the course test their acumen in categories of knowledge, memory, numbers and sequencing, but players will also have to contend with being transported around the set at high speeds in a specially designed capsule that is capable of rotating 360 degrees. In MENTAL SAMURAI, people from all walks of life will compete, new stars will emerge, underdogs will triumph and egos will be shattered in the ultimate display of skill, focus and stamina.
MENTAL SAMURAI is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Toby Gorman, Jeff Apploff and Noah Bonnett serve as executive producers. Rob Lowe serves as a producer. “Like” MENTAL SAMURAI on Facebook at facebook.com/mentalsamurai. Follow the series on Twitter @mentalsamuraiand join the conversation using #MentalSamurai. Check out photos and videos on Instagram@mentalsamuraiFOX/.
About Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe’s iconic career spans four decades in film, television and theater. He also is an acclaimed author. Lowe has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, six Golden Globes and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, the latter of which he won two. He has starred in the ’80s classics “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “About Last Night” and “The Outsiders,” as well as television classics, such as “The West Wing” and “Parks and Recreation.” Lowe’s incredibly diverse career also includes scene-stealing work in the cable film “Behind the Candelabra,” the “Austin Powers” movie franchise and feature comedy “Tommy Boy.” His two memoirs, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and “Love Life,” are both New York Times Best Sellers. Lowe most recently wrapped Season Three of the network medical drama “Code Black” and is currently starring in and directing a remake of the four-time Academy Award-nominated film “The Bad Seed.”
About Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television
Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television, led by Mike Darnell, Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative’s slate includes “The Voice,” “Little Big Shots” and the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted “Ellen’s Game Of Games” for NBC; “The Bachelor” franchise, which also includes “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor In Paradise” and “Bachelor Winter Games,” for ABC; and FOX’s LOVE CONNECTION, hosted by Andy Cohen.
About A. Smith & Co. Productions
Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 4,500 hours of award-winning programming, with budgets totaling well over one billion dollars across more than 50 networks and platforms. Current productions include HELL’S KITCHEN, “American Ninja Warrior,” “The Titan Games,” “Unsung,” “Inside the Label,” “American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja,” “SciJinks,” “NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown,” “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” “The Dunk King” and “Death by Magic.” Past hits include “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Wizard Wars,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Celebrity Duets,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “American Gangster,” “The Game of Dating,” “Skating with Celebrities” and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.