While The Expendables geriatrics may have reclaimed their thrones over the last few years, there was a period where it really looked as if we had no true action heroes left in Hollywood. Into that void stepped Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; professional wrestler, charming actor and masterful eyebrow puppeteer. He even put a stamp on that claim by shoulder tackling a building.
And then he became a Tooth Fairy. Sigh.
But he’s back to his action ways now (fist pump!), and so has teamed up with TNT (the broadcaster not the explosive) for a new reality TV show to search for the next Hero.
The Hero will see 10 ordinary folks put into a house where they will be given missions that push them to their limits as it challenges them physically, mentally and even morally, to see just how heroic they can be. The show will have a unique twist in that it will be incorporating various social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, where Johnson already has a huge presence, right from the casting process to the eventual winner, allowing viewers to dictate a lot of what happens on the show.
Johnson, who will be executive producing with Dany Garcia, as well as serving as the show’s host and the contestants’ main motivator aka putting boots to asses, had this to say about the program:
“Dany and I couldn’t be more excited to enter into our first official foray in TV production. ‘The Hero’ speaks to everything I believe in when it comes to challenging ourselves, to becoming better people every day and to making the right choices while growing from the wrong ones. 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.”
TNT President and Head of Programming, Michael Wright, added the following:
“‘The Hero’ is a great fit for TNT’s drama fans, whether they enjoy stories with a lot of action, suspense and danger, or stories that offer inspiration through the heroic actions of everyday people. We’re also very excited about the extensive social-media aspect of ‘The Hero,’ which will engage viewers on an entirely new level and develop a strong emotional investment in the competitors and challenges.”
I’m just eagerly waiting for the “heroes” to complain about something, only for The Rock to tell them that “IT DOESN’T MATTER THAT YOU THINK YOU’RE A HERO”.
Also, I will now have to spend the rest of the day trying to get this song out of my head.
Last Updated: September 6, 2012