The Great Escape - NEW Game/Reality Show Premiere
Not sure if anyone knows about this, but I'm watching "The Great Escape" right now, a brand new reality/game show created by the executive producers of The Amazing Race.
Last year in August, most of you remember that ABC aired 6 episodes of "Take the Money and Run", a series where you had to hide a briefcase holding $100,000 and then last through an intense interrogation process in a jail cell for 48 hours to keep the money. It seemed a bit fake, especially when some of the contestants blurted out the briefcase's hiding place to the interrogators. I found it boring and I forget how the ratings did, but I don't think they were too high.
Well, I can almost guarantee you that if ABC had decided to go with The Great Escape instead, the ratings would've been much higher.
The Great Escape, in many ways, mirrors NBC's 2006 show Treasure Hunters, in terms of the challenges that have been created.
Here is a brief explanation of The Great Escape, once again from the creators of The Amazing Race, with a $100,000 Per-Episode Prize up for grabs.
Originally Posted by Showcase/TNT
The Great Escape airs every Sunday night 10/9c on TNT in the U.S. and Showcase in Canada.
After watching this first episode, I'm amazed on how ABC could be so stupid as to greenlight Take the Money and Run last year, instead of going with something like this. It's fun, exciting, dramatic, because you don't know if you'll be caught, and with $100,000 on the line (same amount of money available in Take the Money and Run), this series could've easily fit on a major primetime network.
Props to TNT and Showcase for going ahead with it. Great job guys!
Tonight's premiere episode featured 3 teams of 2 contestants each, trying to escape Alcatraz without getting caught by prison guards. And with obstacles like keys being hidden in bars of soap, how could you not like the ingenuity of this series?
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