August 2, 2018

Fox Picks Up Game Shows “Spin the Wheel” and “Mental Samurai”

Fox announced two new game shows during today’s TCA press tour that you’ll want to check out this season.

Good news for game show fans: Fox is planning two new, original games to watch out for during the 2018-2019 season.

First up is Mental Samurai, which is currently casting. The series is hosted by Rob Lowe and comes from Warner Horizon and A. Smith & Co. Contestants battle 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.

“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.”

Second is Spin the Wheel, from executive producer Justin Timberlake. Dax Shepard will host the game where players stand to win over $20 million per episode. Contestants are pitted against a colossal, spinning 40-foot wheel that holds large sums of cash prizes in its rotation. Throughout the game, players will answer trivia questions – each correct answer adds more extreme amounts of cash in the wheel’s wedges in a strategic location of their choice, while each incorrect answer adds more dangerous wedges that could instantly bring their total back to zero. With massive prize money on the line, contestants must make tough decisions: whether to walk away, or risk it all to Spin the Wheel one last time.

The show, which is very similar to NBC’s The Wall, is developed and also executive produced by The Wall developer and executive producer Andrew Glassman.