(NEW YORK) — The creator of The Amazing Race and an executive producer of The Lord of the Rings have created The Quest, a new fantasy reality series debuting Thursday on ABC that requires 12 contestants to wear medieval warrior outfits and compete in physical competitions as they navigate a scripted mythology to vie for the title of One True Hero.
The contestants are transported to the mystical kingdom of Everealm, which is actually a location in Austria, where they must complete challenges to save the kingdom or face elimination one by one.
The Quest doesn’t have a traditional host. Instead, the contestants, dubbed Paladins, interact with actors playing roles in an ongoing story.
The show also features an array of magical creatures that are brought to life through animatronics, special effects and prosthetic makeup.
The Quest airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.
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