TNT has greenlit eight episodes of The Hero (working title), a reality competition show starring actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that producers Electus and 5×5 Media introduced to the market at NAB in Las Vegas earlier this year.
In The Hero, 10 contestants that live together in the same house will undertake several physical, mental and moral tests that they must pass in order to become “the next great hero.” Johnson will serve as an on-air mentor to the cast and is also executive producing with his producing partner, Dany Garcia.
As the players overcome the obstacles to claim the heroic mantle, producers will incorporate interactive social media elements, beginning with pre-production and casting and continuing through the shoot and live broadcasts. Viewers will be able to vote each week for the contestant they consider to be the “most heroic” via an interactive platform. The series also aims to leverage Johnson’s 10-million-strong social media following on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
It will begin airing on TNT in summer 2013.
“Dany and I couldn’t be more excited to enter into our first official foray in TV production,” Johnson said in a statement. “Bridging the digital and physical world on the small screen in a way that’s never been done before will enable fans to use social media and on-screen decision making to determine the fate of the show’s contestants, and our goal is to make each TV moment impactful and exciting.”
The Turner-owned cable network is significantly ramping up its unscripted slate with reality competition and crime and investigation series that complement its scripted drama programs and Hollywood movies. TNT’s first foray into reality was the competition show The Great Escape, which debuted earlier this summer, and next year it will air the action-adventure competition series 72 Hours and unscripted cop show Boston Blue.
The Hero was created by 5×5 Media’s Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk (Survivor, Fashion Star), Charles Wachter (Fashion Star, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution) and Electus’ Ben Silverman. In addition to Johnson and Garcia, it is executive produced by Wachter and Electus’ Silverman, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox. Electus International has international distribution rights for the series.