'The Great Escape' applies 'The Amazing Race's' Emmy-winning formula for TNT


"The Amazing Race" has won so many Emmys for outstanding reality/competition series -- eight, to be exact -- it would be amazing if its makers didn't reapply the formula somehow.Actually, they tried last summer with ABC's short-lived "Take the Money and Run." They're trying again this summer: In association with Oscar winners and Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri launch the unscripted TNT series "The Great Escape" Sunday, June 24.Described by host and NFL Network sportscaster Rich Eisen as "a mini-movie every week," the new show takes contestants to undisclosed locations (early episodes are set on Alcatraz Island and aboard the USS Hornet), where they're given challenges they must conquer to win a big cash reward. It might not be the same as racing around the world, but Eisen believes it's close enough."When I was presented with the opportunity," he tells Zap2it, "it was a no-brainer....



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