'TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN' CONSTRUCTS HIDE-AND-SEEK MIND GAME ~ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER GIVES DETAILS ABOUT ABC'S NEW REALITY GAME SHOW TO MSN TV . . .
What if you were given $100,000 and told you could keep it only if you could hide the money for 48 hours? Seems simple enough, right? Not exactly. In ABC's new show "Take the Money and Run," contestants are given $100,000 in a suitcase and are given exactly one hour to hide it. After the time is up, they're taken into custody by police detectives and are interrogated for 48 hours. The detectives can use cellphone records, any receipts and GPS coordinates to try to figure out where the money is. If the detectives are able to find it, it's theirs. If not, the contestants are $100,000 richer.
MSN spoke with Executive Producer Bertram van Munster ("The Amazing Race") about how the idea for the reality game show came about, and where he'd hide the money if he played the game . . .
Need to shake up your summer nights? Try this new show out. The producing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster ( The Amazing Race) is behind Take the Money and Run, starting 9 p.m. on ABC. It’s truTV on fast forward. The deal: contestants hide $100,000, and then are interrogated by actual investigators on its whereabouts, CSI style. If they can keep it stashed and cool under pressure, the dough is theirs. Where do we sign up?
The police state becomes total when the police become the heroes and the criminals begin policing themselves.
These are not ordinarily the values of reality television, which prizes mischief and mild lawlessness and depicts police officers as, at best, tragic figures, shouldering responsibilities that no one else will.
“Take the Money & Run,” which begins on Tuesday on ABC, upends all that. Part game show and part psychological warfare, it’s a showdown involving three pairs — two contestants in the role of criminals, who stash $100,000 and hope it’s not found; two moonlighting police officers assigned to uncover it within 48 hours; and two interrogators, who try to pry information out of the criminals with stern looks and steak dinners and lines like, “You’re lying now, and you’re not real good at it.”
The criminals are regular folks hoping to earn money and TV time without having to study hard for “Jeopardy!” or demean themselves on “Wipeout.” This should be a cakewalk for them: hide shrewdly, reveal little, collect prize. (If the cops find it, they win the money.)
But this sometimes gripping show isn’t so benign. First, the adversaries are worthy. The interrogators — Paul Bishop, a detective and author, and Mary Hanlon Stone, a deputy district attorney and author — have a flair for the dramatic, and the police officers live up to their cities’ stereotypes. In the premiere the ones from San Francisco have an unhurried affability. The Miami detectives in the second episode have sharper edges; one, with slicked-back black hair and a tight black T-shirt tucked into black pants, looks like the stunt double for Cop No. 3 on an early episode of “Miami Vice.”
Benvenuto Paul su Liberidiscrivere e grazie per aver accettato la mia intervista. Iniziamo con le presentazioni. Raccontati ai nostri lettori. Detective del Dipartimento di Polizia di Los Angeles, autore di thriller. Chi è Paul Bishop?
Sono un po' un camaleonte. Sono da 35 anni nel Dipartimento di Polizia di Los Angeles - 27 dei quali li ho trascorsi ad indagare su crimini sessuali - e ho scritto professionalmente per 32 anni. Mi sono sempre ritenuto eccezionalmente fortunato professionalmente per essere riuscito a fare le due cose che amavo di più - mettere le parole su carta e mettere i cattivi in prigione.
Admit it. You’ve contemplated committing the perfect crime. No, I’m not implying that you’re a crook or that you’re dishonest in any way. Just that, in an idle moment, you’ve vicariously daydreamed how you might be able to pull off some dashing heist or some daring scheme. Would you be able to cover your tracks and outsmart the cops?
That’s essentially the concept behind ABC’s new reality show, Take the Money and Run, which premieres tomorrow at 9 p.m. Contestants are handed a briefcase full of $100,000 and given one hour to hide it anywhere they want. Then the cops move in, and they have 48 hours to find the stash. If they do, the money is theirs. But if they fail to recover the money in time, the contestants get to keep the prize. Not too shabby. Winning 100 Gs hasn’t been this exciting since the days of Jackie Rogers Junior.
I'm glad they explained the tools that law enforcement has at its disposal -- phone records, receipts, GPS coordinates -- but I guess we'll just have to trust that cameraman filming the contestants while they hide the cash. If I'm the cop, I quickly offer him/her a generous cut and start spending my money. But that's just me, daydreaming about the perfect crime.
How does the show look to you? Did you recognize the show's "bag man" from several Farrelly Bros. films? Will you be watching tomorrow night?
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