ABC makes a valiant attempt to turn "The Lord of the Rings" into a reality/competition show, but "The Quest" (7 p.m. Thursday, Ch. 4) sinks in a pool of cheese.
The show comes to us from producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri ("The Amazing Race") and Mark Ordesky ("LOTR"). Essentially, it's a live-action role-playing game, and LARPing does not translate well to television.
A dozen contestants (or paladins, as they're called here) were transported to a Austria, where the fictional land of Everealm and its 12 kingdoms had been constructed. And the paladins have to compete in various tasks. Which aren't altogether exciting.