Spotlight on TNT’s New #RealityShow The Hero Hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson #RealityTV

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Dwayne Johnson aka "The Rock" 80th Academy Awards ( Oscars) Kodak Theater Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2008 ©2008 Kathy Hutchins / Hutchins Photo

Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock”
80th Academy Awards ( Oscars)
Kodak Theater
Los Angeles, CA
February 24, 2008
©2008 Kathy Hutchins / Hutchins Photo

Just when you thought reality TV had jumped the shark, here comes The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, to save the day and restore order to TV programing. “The Hero” is a new reality show on TNT. (If you don’t currently receive TNT, you can sign up for it and hundreds of other channels at You won’t want to miss a beat this summer — nor a punishing challenge — because that’s what The Rock has in store for the nine contestants struggling to be crowned America’s next Hero.

A Breakdown of the Show

Hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the TNT reality show, which premiered June 6th and airs Thursdays at 8 p.m., puts nine contestants through a series of death-defying stunts. In the opening credits Johnson states, “This is the greatest American adventure you will ever experience from your couch.” If anyone can deliver on that action-packed promise, it’s The Rock. The format of “The Hero” is similar to “American Idol.” After watching contestants endure physical obstacles and mental tests, there are two challenges per episode. Viewers decide who stays to fight another day and who goes home.

The Contestants

The nine contestants on “The Hero” represent a diverse crowd of competitors, each with their own personal struggles, self-doubts, and varying backgrounds. From a single mom to a struggling pro-wrestler, here’s a closer look

  1. Lydia, age 31, is a personal trainer and fitness instructor. She boxed competitively for four years, and her devotion to athleticism looks to give her a physical advantage. Lydia’s motto: “Don’t get mad, get even.”
  2. Atheno Lazo, 25, is a former professional cheerleader. What is it that’s driven Atheno to retire from cheerleading to try her hand at becoming a hero?
  3. Charles, 39, is a cop struggling with self-doubt. For him, “The Hero” is a test. Does he have what it takes to compete at the highest level?
  4. A devoted father and husband, Darnell “Baldy” Mcadams, 32, is going to be forced to take on challenges he never imagined.
  5. Dr. Dave Parkus, 50, is a trauma surgeon. He saves lives every day, but will he have had the strength and courage to save his own when America votes?
  6. Shaun Ricker, 30, is a struggling pro wrestler. Like Lydia, Shaun might have a physical edge, but does he have the heart and passion to be a hero?
  7. Rachel Renee, 34, is a single mom who works five jobs. She’s risen to the occasion and met life’s adversities, but how will she fare repelling down the side of a 52-floor building?
  8. The youngest of the competitors, Marty McCloskey, 24, has something to prove to himself and to the world.
  9. Patty O’Neil, 46, is a mother and wife who is willing to push herself to the limit.

A Rock and a Hard Place

For Dwayne Johnson, the only “hard place” these days are his python-like biceps. Johnson has come a long way from his days as a pro wrestler, but it was those formative years at the WWE (1996-2003) that paved his way as a successful action star. Johnson has stared in films like “G.I Joe: Retaliation,” “Pain and Gain,” and most recently, “Fast and Furious 6.” Showing his softer side, Johnson has also appeared in several kid friendly films. The Rock is more than just the host of “The Hero,” he is also the mentor and coach to the nine contestants. In other words, he’s both the motivational speaker and the shoulder to cry on when things go wrong.

America doesn’t need anymore “Idols,” “Top Models,” or “Iron Chefs.” It needs a hero, and TNT’s new reality show looks to be a rollercoaster ride of cool stunts, wild challenges, and mental obstacles.

By Sherry Levine: As a child actor, Sherry appeared in numerous commercials and as an extra on several kids shows. She can appreciate the work that goes into making a film or TV show, and that’s why she loves to review them.

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