EXCLUSIVE: Rob Lowe is doubling down on his Fox projects.
The 9-1-1: Lone Star actor is to host physical quiz show The Floor, which is set to launch in midseason on the network.
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It marks Lowe’s latest unscripted series for the network – he hosted two seasons of Mental Samurai between 2019 and 2022.
Deadline revealed in June that Fox had landed the series, which comes from Big Brother and The Voice creator John De Mol.
The Floor is a physical quiz show that sees 81 contestants face off in quiz duels on a giant LED floor divided into a hundred equal squares, each representing its own field of knowledge.
The first challenger, selected at random, must choose one of his or her neighboring opponents to go head-to-head in an epic quiz duel in the opponent’s category. The winner takes over the loser’s square, gaining valuable ground as they expand their territory, while the loser exits the game. The winner must then choose – do they continue on and attempt to secure another square? Or do they let The Floor choose a new challenger? The last contestant standing who gains full control over The Floor takes home a life-changing $250,000 cash prize.
It is produced by De Mol’s Talpa, Holey Moley producer Eureka Productions and BiggerStage, a production company based in Ireland, where it is filmed.
De Mol, Mark van Achterberg, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Eden Gaha, Wes Dening, Sean O’Riordan and Shane Byrne serve as executive producers. Anthony Carbone serves as showrunner and Rob Lowe is producer.
“The Floor combines every element needed to create a hit game show: a proven global format built on spectacle and suspense, pedigree producers in Talpa and Eureka, and a superstar host with universal appeal in Rob Lowe, who brilliantly ties the entire show together,” said Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, of Fox Entertainment. “Rob’s command of the format makes this a fun, edge of your seat, play-along competition we know viewers of all ages will enjoy.”
“We are proud to have a world-renowned Hollywood icon hosting our production of The Floor for Fox,” said Chris Culvenor, CEO of Eureka Productions. “Rob Lowe’s incredible screen presence perfectly complements The Floor’s nail-biting strategic gameplay and will help make this a must-see show for audiences across America.”
“We were very excited to hear that Rob Lowe will be hosting the U.S. version of The Floor. He will definitely take the gameplay to new heights for the 81 participating quiz fans and the viewers,” added Maarten Meijs, CEO of Talpa. “We’re proud to work together with Fox and Eureka to bring this fun and engaging format to America.”
Pat Kiely, CEO & Founder of BiggerStage said, “The Floor marries scale and spectacle with compulsive play-along that will be a big hit with audiences. We are delighted to be part of a unique collaboration and partner with such a great host in Rob Lowe who has made this format truly must-watch.”
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