The Rock is holding out for “The Hero” in new TNT competition series

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson continues his dominating summer of turning up in just about everything as he headlines and co-executive produces the new TNT competition series The Hero, premiering June 6 at 8pm ET/PT. In The Hero, a diverse group of nine people face extraordinary situations and see who can emerge as the ultimate champion.

With Dwayne Johnson as mentor and motivator, the contestants are encouraged to reach far beyond their personal limits, being tested physically, mentally and morally as they try to prove that they deserve the title of “The Hero” and the life-changing grand prize that goes with it. In the end, one player will rise above the others for a chance to walk away with up to a million dollars.

The nine competitors vying for the title of “The Hero” are the following (descriptions provided by TNT):

Athena, 25 – Worcester, Mass. – Some might wonder what could possibly make a former professional cheerleader a hero. But dig a little deeper. She’s been taking care of her brother ever since they were kids, and she’s not going to let anyone or anything stand in her way.

Charles, 39 – Los Angeles, Calif. – A decorated cop and devoted husband and son. But he’s still plagued by self-doubt, and wants to use this experience to find out if he has what it takes when it matters most.

Darnell, 32 – Vancouver, Wash. – A committed father and husband, he’s now going to be asked to exhibit raw strength and courage beyond anything he’s ever imagined.

Dr. Dave, 50 – Beaumont, Texas – As a trauma surgeon, he saves lives every day. But it’s hard for him to trust anyone else, and that trait may make it hard for him on this show.

Lydia, 31 – Los Angeles, Calif. – A tough young woman who almost literally raised herself under the most adverse circumstances you can imagine.

Marty, 24 – Centereach, N.Y. – A young man who desperately wants to prove himself and do the right thing, but does he have the temperance and wisdom to be The Hero?

Patty, 46 – Ashland, Mass. – A fiercely loyal mother and wife, she’s here to find the courage within.

Rachel, 34 – Little River, S.C. – The single mom who works five jobs to get her hearing-impaired son the care he needs. She’s out to prove to him that nothing is impossible.

Shaun, 30 – Hagerstown, Md. – A struggling pro wrestler who has all the makings of a hero … honesty, strength, charisma. But does he have the compassion?

The Hero airs Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT on TNT beginning June 6.


Dwayne Johnson and the competitors of “The Hero”: ™ & © Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Credit: Frank Masi