'The Great Escape' could not escape the ax; TNT has decided to end the series, the first original non-scripted reality series that the network has ever produced.
The Rich Eisen-hosted reality series features two-person teams who are dropped into the middle of "their own adventure movie," in various situations of danger and suspense. The winning team wins a cash prize... but how you won the situation varied each episode. Featuring locations as intimidating and interesting as Alcatraz Island and Preston Castle, 'The Great Escape' was a very visually-engaging show, yet not an inexpensive one to produce. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer teamed with the production team on 'The Amazing Race' to create the series and fans of 'The Amazing Race' will have noticed similarities in tone and style with 'The Great Escape.'
Although 'The Great Escape' was the first unscripted series for TNT, the network has two more reality shows in the production stage. Actor and former New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg ('The Sixth Sense') has been developing a reality series about the Boston Police Department for TNT, set to debut in February of 2013. Besides Wahlberg's project, TNT has been developing a reality series entitled 'The Hero;' details about the latter series are sketchy, as the project only received the greenlight last month.
While Wahlberg's project remains untitled, expect both the Boston Police Force series and 'The Hero' to debut in 2013. TVRage will have all of the details as they develop.