Fox taps Brooke Burns and Mark Thompson to host 'Hole in the Wall'
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/11/2008
Fox has announced it's tapped actress Brooke Burns and TV personality Mark Thompson to serve as co-hosts for Hole in the Wall, a game show from American Idol producers FremantleMedia North America that will see contestants contorting their bodies in an attempt to fit through a massive moving wall.
In addition, Fox announced it began production on Hole in the Wall this week in Los Angeles following a nationwide casting search for contestants.
Burns' previous hosting duties include NBC's Dog Eat Dog, while she has also co-starred in Baywatch and the ABC comedy Miss Guided. The 30-year-old former model is also currently slated to begin production on the drama pilot Mistresses soon.
Thompson currently serves as the weather anchor for Fox's Los Angeles affiliate and has previous reality television experience -- although viewers might not know it. He has provided voiceovers for fellow Fox game shows Don't Forget the Lyrics and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, and has also done the same for AmericanIdol, Nanny 911, The Simple Life, The Swan and Paradise Hotel.
Each Hole in the Wall episode will follow two teams competing against each other for several rounds, in which they'll be up against various walls speeding towards them. Their only means of getting through will be different-sized shapes, which will force the contestants to contort their bodies in unison as they either squeeze through or get knocked into a pool below.
As the rounds progress, the walls will come at the contestants more quickly and the shapes will become more difficult to fit through. The team with the most points at the end of each episode will win.
Fox ordered 13 one-hour episodes of the Japanese import in May, and FremantleMedia currently produces versions of the show in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Sweden and the U.K..