NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – TNT has greenlit the new reality competition “The Hero” from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“The Hero,” a working title, pits 10 housemates against one another in missions that will “test their brains, their brawn and even their morality,” TNT says. It has ordered eight episodes of the series, from Ben Silverman‘s multimedia entertainment studio Electus and 5×5 Media.
Johnson, who will be on hand as a mentor and motivator, will executive produce with his producing partner, Dany Garcia. The series is set to premiere in summer 2013.
The show plans to use social media extensively, seizing on Johnson’s 10 million fans on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Viewers will vote each week for the contestant they consider to be the most heroic.
“Dany and I couldn’t be more excited to enter into our first official foray in TV production,” Johnson said. “‘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.”
“The Rock is the embodiment of ‘The Hero’ and an inspirational superstar with an unwavering moral compass,” said Ben Silverman, founder and chairman of Electus. “‘The Hero’ will deliver on his brand as an incredible action-filled series that test the limits of real people in extraordinary circumstances while also activating the Rock and Turner’s audience with seamless digital and social media tie-ins. TNT is the ideal platform partner, with incredible characters and heroes from the worlds of fiction and sports, as well as a unique capacity to deliver an enthusiastic audience of drama fans.”