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'The Hero' Premiere: The Rock Leads This Unique And Confusing Competition Show (VIDEO)

06/07/2013 05:31 am ET | Updated Jun 12, 2013

While explaining the rules of TNT's new reality competition series, "The Hero," may prove a difficult task, the show proved itself nevertheless easy enough to follow while you're watching it. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is amiable and charming as the host, which pits nine strangers together in a series of group and individual challenges. Each week, one contestant is chosen by their roommates -- they all live together in a swanky pad -- to compete for a cash prize. That person can then choose to keep the money, or put it in the pot toward the final winner.

Since heroism is about character as much as strength and willpower, The Rock is also running around trying to tempt various contestants to the dark side. All the action is being watched by viewers at home, who have a role to play in the outcome of this drama as well.

It does look as if all nine competitors will still be around when the season ends, but only one will walk away with the final prize. See, we told you it was confusing. The Hollywood Reporter called it "dizzying," but also think it's concept could help it stand out among competition shows.

The LA Times, though, isn't so confident. They called "The Hero" an absurdly solemn cross between "The Real World," "Fear Factor," "America's Got Talent" and a "Mission: Impossible" movie.

Tune in for new episodes of "The Hero," Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. In Canada, you can catch "The Hero" on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Slice.

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