Fox announced Thursday it has ordered three additional alternative series for the 2018-19 season, “The Masked Singer,” “Mental Samurai” and “Spin the Wheel.”
“The Masked Singer” is a singing competition set to premiere in January, where actors, singers and athletes are shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.
The competitors have combined to receive 65 Grammy nominations,16 Emmy nominations and four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, record 16 multi-platinum albums, appear in nine Broadway shows and win four Super Bowl titles, according to Fox.
Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve on the panel, seeking to determine the identities of the contestants along with host Nick Cannon.
“This is truly one of the most unique, genre-defining formats I’ve ever seen,” said Rob Wade, Fox Broadcasting’s president, alternative entertainment and specials. “It’s a massive international hit, and its boldness and originality make it the perfect fit for Fox.”
The first version of the series debuted in South Korea in 2015. Versions later aired in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
“Mental Samurai” is hosted and produced by actor Rob Lowe. Contestants compete in categories of knowledge, memory, numbers and sequencing and 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,”’ Lowe said. “I’ve loved mental competition shows ever since.
“For me, `Mental Samurai’ is addicting. Every time you play, you think: This time I’m going to win. But this very simple game is almost impossible to crack.”
On “Spin the Wheel,” contestants can win over $20 million by answering trivia questions. Each correct answer adds more extreme amounts of cash to the game’s 40-foot wheel, while each incorrect answer adds more dangerous wedges that could instantly bring the contestant’s total back to zero.
The show will be hosted by actor Dax Shepard, with singer Justin Timberlake among the executive producers.
“This show is massive on so many levels and has the ability to change people’s lives,” Wade said.
The announcements were made in connection with the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour which is being held in Beverly Hills.