Kevin Hart Set to Host ‘TKO: Total Knock Out’ Competition Series

Kevin Hart to Host TKO: Total Knock Out
Kevin Hart at the ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ UK premiere (Photo by Dave J Hogan / Getty Images)

Kevin Hart’s signed on to host and executive produce CBS’s new series TKO: Total Knock Out set to air this summer. The network confirmed the obstacle course competition series’ first season will consist of 10 one-hour episodes.

Mark Burnett and Barry Poznick are also involved as executive producers. TKO: Total Knock Out will be produced by MGM Television and HartBeat Productions.

“This show is perfectly aligned with my global brand,” said Kevin Hart, commenting on his new hosting gig. “The minute Mark Burnett pitched me, I got it and we decided to work together. This show has the potential to make me look tall.”

TKO: Total Knock Out is a larger-than-life competition series that’s all about having fun,” stated Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for CBS. “With Kevin’s gift for comedy and passion for fitness, he brings a distinct voice to the show that no one else can.”

“Kevin is a shining global beacon of comedy, of fitness and of fun. He is the perfect star for TKO: Total Knock Out, and I’m so grateful we get to work together on CBS primetime,” added Mark Burnett.

Kevin Hart’s film credits include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Central Intelligence, Ride Along 2, Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, About Last Night, and Think Like a Man. He recently wrapped up work on the comedy Night School which he wrote and stars in alongside Tiffany Haddish.

The Plot: TKO: Total Knock Out features people from all walks of life where one player races through daunting obstacles while four other contestants are manning battle stations along the course, firing over-the-top projectiles in an attempt to knock them off and slow them down. It’s a physical and funny “us versus them” scenario, with the top two players advancing to the final showdown to face off for a cash prize.