The Quest
The Quest

The creative forces behind television’s “The Amazing Race” wants to put Tolkienites, including readers, in a competition based reality show with a fantasy flair. spoke with casting director Paul Gordon about the new series that is coming to a major television network this year. Expect an announcement and promotion soon.

“There is a potential for people to live out their dreams and we want to give them a platform,” Gordon said.

The concept of the show, called “The Quest,” is to put fans of genre entertainment in a competitive environment tailored to highlight participants’ love of fantasy and adventure.

“It is cool, it is “The Amazing Race” in Middle-earth.”

A “Lord of the Rings,” Executive Producer is also on board. The project has been on the drawing board for a while, but now all the pieces are together – except finding the cast.

“We don’t do profile shows – this is not ‘Jersey Shore.’ This is not ‘Honey Boo Boo.’ The drama here is not, ‘That B!#@% stole my milk!’ There is no contrived drama, we don’t need it.”

Instead, the show wants to find people willing dive in fully and accept the quest to be a hero.

The AmazingRace “We want people who are willing to go there with us. We want people who love this stuff. We are definitely looking for personalities – competitive people – not people sitting in a house. You are competing. Where it is LARP or D&D or baseball or basketball, you are going to get revved up.”

TORn tried to find a lead on age or interest or demographic or type that would help land roles but Gordon insisted that on a big network, they were casting a wide net, looking for personality and especially one character trait: “We love people who are competitive – we want this to be important, we want to see them go for it. They might be quiet competitive, might be sneaky competitive, there are many different ways to be competitive.”

He also tried to stress that there are television shows around that poke fun at those invested in niche entertainment and that is not this show.

“Big networks go after everybody (for their audience) and we also look at it as a teaching show. People look at things like DragonCon as unusual – we want people to understand why people do this.

“People laugh at this and say that is not our thing and a lot of what we like to do is teach people.”

“It is so similar, it is shocking to me. It is more familiar than you realize. There are whole sections at Eagles games – people go there and pretend they are something else and think they affect this thing. If they only knew how similar they are!”

Those wishing to enter the selection process can do so by email or by showing up in select cities at early-season conventions to meet with the Emmy winning folks behind the camera. Anybody able to show up in person at the following events, he promised, will be considered.”If you show up to an event, we will look at every single person. ”

The production will be looking in the following cities:

  • Seattle (coinciding with EMP Fantasy Exhibit Opening) – April 25
  • Chicago– C2E2 – April 27
  • Texas – Dallas Comic Con – May 18th
  • Phoenix – Comic Con – May 25
  • New York – No event planned yet, will hold VIP invite event for those in the area who apply
  • Philadelphia – Wizard Con – May 1

This Thursday Gordon will be in Seattle to meet potential candidates, mail with the subject RSVP Seattle. They want your name, age, location, a photo, your interest and why you would be perfect for the show.

But anybody in fandom can send in an application to, Seattle or no. Include in that email:
Your name:
Your age:
Your email:
Current location:
Current photo:
Your hobby/fascination:
(Tolkien, Game of Thrones, LARPing, Cosplay)
What makes you perfect for a show like this:

If they like what they see, they can schedule an interview or, worst case, they will Skype with candidates.

“We have 13 Emmy’s, nine with Amazing Race. No one (in reality shows) can say that. We are doing award-winning stuff and we never do a show that is fake.”

Profiles Television is behind the show.

So where will all this happen?

“I can’t tell you,” Gordon said, “But it is pretty freaking cool.”