TheQuest Official It’s a testament to the genius of Professor Tolkien that each time we open the pages of his books, we feel like we’ve entered the world of Middle-earth. But just imagine for a moment, that you were not just a passive observer of Frodo’s quest – but a true participant and member of the Fellowship of the Ring.

Well, beginning July 31 on ABC, the reality show The Quest will place 12 reality contestants into a very similar scenario. They will be dropped into a scripted fantasy world reminiscent of the stories of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin, as they embark on an epic adventure.

A new video for the series has been released on, for the first time fully explaining what the new show will contain. The Quest is executive produced by The Lord of the Rings Trilogy producer Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Bertram van Munster (The Amazing Race and Cops), Elise Doganieri, Rob Eric and Michael Williams (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy).

The series premieres in the U.S. on Thursday, July 31, at 8 P.M. (EST) on ABC.