Mental Samurai — a game show that tests one’s mental skills, intelligence, agility, and knowledge — premieres on Fox on March 19, 2019. It is produced and hosted by Rob Lowe. Executive producers include Arthur Smith, Toby Gorman, Jeff Apploff, and Noah Bonnett. The production companies are Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Mental Samurai Cast: Who is in it?
Mental Samurai is presented by the evergreen Rob Lowe — who has been the recipient of multiple awards till date — including two Screen Actors Guild Awards, six Golden Globes nominations, and one Primetime Emmy nomination. Lowe is an American actor and director who had embarked on his acting journey at the mere age of 15. He debuted with A New Kind of Family — a sitcom which aired on ABC from 1979 to 1980. After performing in several small television shows, he grabbed his first notable role in the film The Outsiders. This was followed by other prominent performances such as in The Hotel New Hampshire, Oxford Blues, St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night…, and Square Dance. Quickly, Lowe rose to the status of a young Holywood star in the 1980s.
He also appeared as Sam Seaborn on NBC’s political drama The West Wing, Robert McCallister on ABC’s series Brothers & Sisters, Chris Traeger on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and Dr. Ethan Willis on CBS’s Code Black. Additionally, he featured on the reality show The Lowe Files and directed his first film – The Bad Seed in 2018.
When asked about his role in Mental Samurai on Variety, here is what Lowe had to say: “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. Also, as a producer, I’m excited to get into this new arena.”
Mental Samurai Plot: What is it about?
Mental Samurai has been billed as the first obstacle-based competition for the brain. Each episode features a group of contestants who have to answer questions with lightning speed and accuracy. While they surpass the mental capacity of their brains in the deciphering of questions related to knowledge, memory, puzzles, and sequencing, they have to do so when being transported around — in a 360 degrees rotating capsule — that revolves at high-speed around the set. Irrespective of backgrounds and status, the best performer — in terms of skill, concentration, and stamina — wins and is awarded the title of “MENTAL SAMURAI”.
The format of the show comprises contestants having to answer 12 questions, in sets of 4, with 3 questions per set. Any incorrect answer leads to immediate elimination. The finalists compete against each other in the final round, termed the circle of Samurai, where the top performer wins a cash prize of $100,000.