This one came out of the blue in terms of the long term goals for the cabler. Sometimes it happens like that for shows joining the lists of renewed shows of 2012 and cancelled shows of 2012. TNT cancels The Great Escape after its first season. If you look at the ratings numbers, one could have seen it coming, as the show´s performance was subpar, but since the mid to long term strategy for TNT is to further develop its non scripted programming, we could have predicted that the show was going to stick for one more run; but no, TNT cancels The Great Escape.
While still pursuing docudrama Boston Blue, competition series 72 Hours and Dwayne Rock´s The Hero for 2013.
What was The Great Escape About? Plot Synopsis
The competition series, hosted by Rich Eisen, features three two-person teams each week who are dropped “into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie” and competing for a cash prize.
Each episode is a single competition among three teams of two contestants with a previous relationship, such as family relations, lifelong friends, or married or dating couples. Teams are identified by the color of shirts they wear.
The teams are escorted while blindfolded to an undisclosed location, which varies with each episode. They are locked in cells with the game’s “Detainment Zone” that include a concealed map and the means to release themselves from their cell (such as with a key or with a set of bolt-cutters). When the game starts, teams must find the map, free themselves, and follow the instructions on the map to the first of four stages. Each stage includes a physical or mental challenge the teams must complete that gives them directions to the next stage, a part of a larger “Escape Key”, and other miscellaneous tools such as flashlights, which are used as part of the next Stage or for their transport. Teams must complete these tasks on their own, typically each given their own identical station, puzzle, or set of equipment to work with. When traversing between stages or working on challenges, teams must avoid detection by “guards” and/or spotlights. If they are spotted, the guard yells out, “(Red/Blue/Green) team, stop!”, and the captured players are forced to drop all current implements (other than the map) to be re-escorted to the Detainment Zone, where they then must again find the means to escape from detainment. Once free, they can proceed to the point they were captured and recover their equipment, but again must avoid detection by the guards. An announcer broadcasts to all teams when a team has escaped from their cell, completed the next stage, quit the game, or has been captured by guards, allowing other teams to judge their progress. The announcer also broadcasts when the competition is over and which team won. The other two teams are not shown completing the other tasks.
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