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The Pursuit to Crown the Ultimate Hero Begins Thursday, July 31 on ABC's New Reality Based Competition Series THE QUEST

The Pursuit to Crown the Ultimate Hero Begins Thursday, July 31 on ABC's New Reality Based Competition Series THE QUEST

In a thrilling race against time, fantasy, reality and scripted drama will collide as good vs. evil on "The Quest, a new reality based competition series unlike anything else on television. The show premieres THURSDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network, taking 12 unsuspecting contestants to an imaginative realm, where ogres run free in the forest, dragons stir, agents of a dark lord infiltrate the keep, and the only thing standing between peace and chaos are one dozen very unlikely heroes. "The Quest" will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, the fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics and art direction. The narrative and mythology of "The Quest" is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of the contestants - fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series from the Executive Producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the Executive Producers of "The Amazing Race."

The 12 contestants who will rely on physical stamina, intelligence and resourcefulness to emerge as the one true hero are:

Shondo Blades (30, MMA Fighter from Houston, TX) Shondo attributes his southern hospitality to his hometown of Houston, TX. The professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter is dedicated to mastering his craft but don't be fooled by his tough exterior because he is a softy when it comes to "The Lion King."

Lina Carollo (27, School Counselor from Delran, NJ) Her strict upbringing has made Lina a strong and independent woman. She grew up playing Street Fighter with her three older brothers and it wasn't long before she was beating all of them. The school counselor has aspirations of becoming a child psychologist and also enjoys helping to run her family's restaurant.

Jim Curry (22, Student from Little Rock, AR) Jim grew up in the wilderness with his park ranger father. He is a member of a Hogwarts virtual choir and is also a member of the University of Arkansas Quidditch team.

Andrew Frazer (25, Personal Trainer from West Hartford, CT) One of Andrew's greatest joys are working with kids relating to their vivid imaginations. Halloween is his favorite holiday and he enjoys the opportunity to dress as his favorite video game characters.

Bonnie Gordon (28, Property Manager from Lafayette, LA) Overcoming a major obstacle at an early age, Bonnie taught herself to walk straight after being born with her legs twisted. She is primed for an adventure having spent two months traveling with gypsies having to leave her home after Hurricane Katrina.


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