Ever since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s reality competition project, The Hero, landed at TNT, the network has been pretty good about keeping the new series in the limelight, producing teasers and a summer premiere date. Now, we can finally take a look at the series that will be headlined and executive produced by Johnson. Interestingly, the 5-minute sneak peek is far more dramatic than you might expect.
The brand new sneak peek first goes into an explanation of the premise, and it’s a little different than I initially guessed it would be. Early reports sort of made The Hero seem like a more extreme version of The Amazing Race, and while TNT’s new series will have shades of Race in its premise, there are also hints of other popular reality shows, including Fear Factor and Real World. As Johnson puts it, the real test is to find a hero among the nine contestants and he’s looking for one who has courage, strength, self-sacrifice, and integrity.
From the looks of the numerous infights and meltdowns in the 5-minute preview, I’m not sure any of these contestants will be able to prove they have each of the four qualities listed above. Still, it’s pretty cool that the winners of the challenges each week can add to the grand total or choose to pocket the money, which could add a bit of a twist. Apparently, the series will be interactive, as well, with America picking the winner. There are still plenty of unknowns concerning The Hero, but it’s nice to see the rules laid out a little more adequately, and additionally, the trailer introduces us to the nine contestants who bravely signed on for the first season of the competition series.
I haven’t seen a trailer so full of emotion since the last time Snookie got drunk. Here’s hoping this highlight reel will equal an epic reality series. TNT has The Hero scheduled to premiere on June 6 at 8 p.m. ET.