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The Quest producers unveil campaign for a second season

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 …

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A pre-season Quest promo spoiled the entire show and no one noticed

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 …

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The Quest’s Verlox (and ogre) talks about acting on a reality show

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 …

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Will ABC defy the fates and renew The Quest?

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 …

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Dumb vote for a real-life villain, hero emerges on The Quest

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 …

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