TNT debuted a new reality competition show Sunday night (June 24) called “The Great Escape,” hosted by Rich Eisen. The show pits three teams of two against each other in a remote location that they must “escape” from. The first team to do it earns $100,000.
The first episode put the teams at the nearly un-escape-able Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco. But instead of it being some kind of really hard mind game, where they had to do a lot of thinking for themselves, the show hands the teams a map with stages and puzzles/tasks to complete. So it was like watching a leg of “The Amazing Race.”
Except there are “guards” wandering about the prison who can “capture” the teams, which means sending them back to the start to look for a key, then letting pick up at the point where they were captured.
For sure a fun premise, the execution was pretty mediocre. It would be a lot more interesting if the teams were more autonomous and not give a play-by-play of how to “escape,” which is also a bit of a misnomer.
What did you think of “The Great Escape”? Will you be tuning in again?