Mario Lopez to Host CBS’ ‘Candy Crush’ (Exclusive)

Mario Lopez is returning to primetime.

The actor incited TV and radio celebrity has been tapped to horde CBS’ Candy Crush, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Picked adult true to array in October, a live-action diversion uncover is formed on a renouned mobile diversion of a same name. The new format, combined and executive constructed by Matt Kunitz, has elements of his renouned series Wipeout and Fear Factor. Production on a array started Thursday forward of a Sunday, Jul 9, premiere.

“Mario Lopez is a ideal fit to horde Candy Crush. As a large fan of a diversion and a aspirant by nature, his larger-than-life unrestrained matches a distance and range of a show,” pronounced Kunitz.

Here’s how episodes of a hourlong TV array will work: Teams of dual will have to use their wits and earthy lively to contest on huge interactive diversion boards, that CBS says will underline next-generation technology, as they conquer Candy Crush and are crowned champions.

For Lopez, Candy Crush marks his latest hosting gig. He formerly fronted Fox’s The X-Factor as good as MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and Top Pop Group in further to portion as a unchanging horde of syndicated party newsmagazine Extra. Lopez, best famous for his dermatitis purpose as A.C. Slater on Saved by a Bell, also has his possess syndicated radio show. The Candy Crush gig brings him behind to CBS following roles on a network’s The Bold and a Beautiful and NCIS: New Orleans.

“As a player, we am vehement to step into a real-life Candy Crush arena,” pronounced Lopez.

Launched in 2012, Candy Crush sees players relating colored candies in combinations of 3 or some-more to win points, with some-more than 2,000 levels. Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga are dual of a tip 10 grossing mobile games in a U.S. An estimated 18 billion diversion rounds are played monthly around a world.

The diversion uncover will be constructed by Lionsgate, where Kunitz is underneath an altogether deal, and Candy Crush creator King. CBS Television Distribution will discharge a array domestically, while Lionsgate will hoop international. Candy Crush will be constructed by Pulse Creative, Lionsgate Television, King and CBS Television Studios. Kunitz, Lionsgate interactive ventures and games boss Peter Levin, King chartering representative of Striker Entertainment Russell Binder, King vp code Nicki Sheard and King arch artistic officer/co-founder and Candy Crush Saga creator Sebastian Knutsson will executive produce.

Lopez is repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.