TNT gets into reality genre with “The Great Escape”

The Turner-owned cable net's first reality competition series is exec produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and The Amazing Race's Bertram van Munster among others and slated to premiere this summer.
January 9, 2012

Turner-owned U.S. cable network TNT has greenlit its reality competition series, The Great Escape, with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and The Amazing Race‘s Bertram van Munster on board as executive producers.

The 10-part series from Fox Television Studios, Imagine Entertainment, The Hochberg Ebersol Company and Profiles Television Productions, was first announced as part of TNT’s development slate in May of last year and is slated to premiere on TNT in the summer.

The Great Escape is hosted by NFL Total Access‘ Rich Eisen, and sees teams of ordinary people dropped into their own action/adventure movies. Every week three pairs of players compete for a cash prize by escaping from a seven-story castle, a deserted island, a sinking ship or a maximum security prison.

Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said of the series: “The Great Escape is a fast-paced series with all the heart-pounding excitement and nail-biting suspense of a summer popcorn movie. This is exactly the kind of fun, smart, unscripted competition show we’ve been looking for to complement TNT’s entertaining line-up of scripted dramas.”

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Elise Doganieri, Bertram van Munster, Justin Hochberg and Charlie Ebersol serve as executive producers.

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