One of 2014’s best reality series, and the best scripted/reality hybrid show to air so far, is on Netflix, but only until mid-May. Watch The Quest now.
In an open letter to the show’s fans, the producers of ABC’s The Quest have launched a campaign to save the show from cancellation. After citing campaigns from shows such as Chuck and Firefly where fans sent things to the network, the producers write: “All of these ideas certainly have merit and substance but we… continue reading
A pre-season promo for The Quest showed the order of elimination of all of the contestants, and no one appears to have noticed until now. The footage shows the paladins kneeling and lifting their heads, a moment that happens in the finale after Lina won and assembled the sun spear. Even more bizarrely, in one version of the trailer, the footage… continue reading
Looking back at The Quest‘s two-hour conclusion and its 10 chapters, I’m not sure how much of the overall story works as a cohesive narrative. But I am sure that I was totally immersed in both the reality competition and the finale, which continually wowed me. The Quest, like most season-one reality competitions, has room to grow, but by its… continue reading
Douglas Tait is one of the stars of The Quest, and is heavily involved in tonight’s two-hour finale of the epic ABC reality series, but you will never see his face on screen. That’s because he’s an actor who plays three costumed, heavily made-up characters: Verlox, the villain; the ogre who battled Sir Ansgar; and a… continue reading
In an article for HitFix, I explore ABC’s string of summer reality gambles–The Glass House, Whodunnit?, and now The Quest–and the network’s weird failure to give the shows support to grow. For The Quest, that meant ABC president Paul Lee greenlighting the show and telling critics this summer, “I loved taking those sort of risks,” but then allowing his… continue reading
One of the reasons why episode three of The Quest hooked me on the series was because the game started to show depth: In the midst of a fantastic immunity challenge, the Paladins finally emerged from their shell-shocked, we’re-in-a-fantasy-movie mode and truly got competitive, giving us characters to root for and against. Then they turned around and made a super-dumb… continue reading
A few weeks ago, I talked with four of The Quest’s producers–Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Rob Eric, and Elise Doganieri–to learn more about its production, which occurred last summer in Austria. Here are highlights from that conversation. Where it was filmed Kreuzenstein Castle is a privately owned castle in Austria, north of Vienna, which previously served… continue reading
The Quest debuted last night with its introduction of a fictional story and a real-life competition. While the production values were incredibly strong, the episode had a lot of hurdles to overcome, such as introducing the cast of fictional people and contestants, never mind explaining just exactly what the game is. ABC should be thrilled: its strategy… continue reading
At long last, a show has succeeded in finding the right balance in combining fiction and reality TV.
Fifteen years ago, just before Survivor forever changed reality television, The Blair Witch Project blurred reality and fiction and spawned a new trend in horror films. It wasn’t just that the film presented itself as found footage, but there was an entire mythology presented in a documentary and online materials that suggested the events of the series were real and part… continue reading