ABC's new reality show, “The Quest,” from an executive producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the producers of "The Amazing Race," follows 12 contestants, or "paladins," as they train and compete to be the hero to save the magical world of "Everealm."
Producer Jane Fleming told the Huffington Post that she and fellow producer Mark Ordesky conceived of the idea while working on "The Lord of the Rings" movies. Fleming said they would get footage of the actors training for scenes and thought, "Why do the actors get to have all the fun?" On "The Quest," 12 ordinary fantasy enthusiasts will get their chance to see if they can cut it in "reality."
Who are the lucky 12 fantasy fans who will put their skills to the test?
Kyne is a mother with a passion for video games.
Frazer loves to work with kids and grew up watching "Dragonball Z."
Guerrero is a boxer, archer and trick rider who loves "The Neverending Story."
Gordon traveled for two months with Gypsies after having to leave her home after Hurricane Katrina.
The New York native is a swordfighter at Renaissance fairs and a Tolkien fan.
Kyle writes "Lord of the Rings" fan fiction and met her significant other at a Renaissance fair.
Curry, whose father is a park ranger, grew up spending the majority of his time in the wilderness, until he found Harry Potter. Now he is a member of the Hogwarts Virtual Choir and plays Quidditch.
Smaluk is a self-described card and pool "hustler" who invented her own language with her twin sister as a kid.
Reyes grew up watching WWF and has both a business degree and a green belt in judo.
Carollo is a school counselor who grew up beating her brothers in the video game "Street Fighter."
Higgins is a teacher and "Star Wars" fanatic who walked down the aisle through light sabers to the film's theme music at his wedding.
Blades is a mixed martial arts fighter from Houston with a particular fascination with "Ghostbusters."
"The Quest" premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. Will you tune in? Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9Garofalo