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Imagine's Howard, Grazer Make 'Great Escape' to Reality TV

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 19th 2010 11:45PM
More high-profile Hollywood A-listers are jumping on the reality bandwagon. Just last week director Michael Bay announced he was working on a reality series called 'One Way Out,' and now Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are mounting an action-adventure reality show for TNT.

Called 'The Great Escape,' the series will challenge contestants to escape from big-screen-inspired situations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, each week teams of ordinary people will be dropped off, blindfolded, in different extreme environments -- lost in the desert, trapped in the mountains, locked in a prison or marooned on an island -- and they'll have to rely on their everyday skills and experiences to escape and win cash rewards.More high-profile Hollywood A-listers are jumping on the reality bandwagon. Just last week director Michael Bay announced he was working on a reality series called 'One Way Out,' and now Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are mounting an action-adventure reality show for TNT.

Called 'The Great Escape,' the series will challenge contestants to escape from big-screen-inspired situations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, each week teams of ordinary people will be dropped off, blindfolded, in different extreme environments -- lost in the desert, trapped in the mountains, locked in a prison or marooned on an island -- and they'll have to rely on their everyday skills and experiences to escape and win cash rewards.

Fox TV Studios and Howard and Grazer's Imagine Entertainment have already shot a pilot for the series for the cable network, which is new to the reality series game. It was just last year that TNT green-lighted Mark Burnett's 'Wedding Day.'

This development opens the door for a host of Hollywood directors and TV showrunners to enter the world of unscripted TV.

Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola could team on 'GoodFathas,' a Mafia-inspired reality show in which "capos" run numbers rackets and dope rings in an attempt to avoid a swim with the fishes.

Or David E. Kelley could create 'It's All Legal,' in which everyday people defend high-profile criminals and get to do time if they lose their case.

Shonda Rhimes' could work on 'Incorrect Anatomy,' a medical show that gives hypochondriacs the opportunity to diagnose and treat real-life patients; losers get a shot at an appearance on Alan Ball's new, untitled mortuary reality show.

And what about Ann Donahue and Anthony E. Zuiker's 'CSI: Detroit,' which teams citizens with forensics pros to try to solve murders in the most dangerous city in the U.S.; losers have to live there.

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