the great escape tnt 'The Great Escape': 'The Amazing Race' that goes nowhere?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?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."