11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Craig Robinson to Host Fox's 'The Masked Dancer'
Craig Robinson is returning to Fox.
The former Ghosted star has been tapped to host the network's upcoming reality competition series The Masked Dancer.
Picked up straight to series in January and set to launch in December, the series is based on the popular segment on The Ellen Show and inspired by the network's mega-hit The Masked Dancer.
Like the segment on The Ellen Show, the format will see celebrity contestants perform unique dances in elaborate costumes and masks. Craig Plestis, who found the original format for The Masked Singer and brought it to the U.S. for Fox, will also be involved in the dancing spinoff.
Robinson joins a panel that includes The Masked Singer and I Can See Your Voice's Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, Brian Austin Green and Ashley Tisdale.
"We’ve begun filming The Masked Dancer with incredible new talent on both sides of the mask, and can’t wait to share the series with viewers,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment at Fox. “Craig Robinson is hilarious as always in his role as host, and Ken, Brian, Ashley and Paula are the perfect blend of personalities to lead our awesomely weird world of masks into a whole new genre!”
The series is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative TV. James Breen, Pletsis, Dan Martin and Ellen DeGeneres exec produce. Breen serves as showrunner.
The Masked Dancer is the latest reality competition series he's hosted, joining Comedy Central's Caraoke Showdown and NBC's Last Comic Standing. He previously starred in Fox's short-lived scripted comedy Ghosted, opposite Adam Scott. On the acting side, he next stars in his own series, Killing It, for NBCUniversal streamer Peacock in which he reunites with the showrunners behind frequent haunt Brooklyn Nine-Nine.