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Recession-Themed TV Shows That Would Be Better Than 'Take the Money and Run'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 3rd 2011 11:00AM
Take the Money and RunLast night's disappointing premiere of ABC's newest reality show, 'Take the Money and Run,' got us thinking. Oh, what high hopes we had for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series about committing the perfect crime. Sadly, it's boring and kind of nonsensical (why wouldn't you just keep your mouth shut until the time was up?).

Luckily, the AOL TV team is here with a few recession-themed reality and game shows that would tap into our collective "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" feelings about the debt crisis. You're welcome in advance, TV execs. Please send royalty checks c/o AOL TV.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 2 - 7

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 2nd 2011 12:35PM


Take the Money and Run - Tuesday August 2, 9PM ET/PT, CTV/ABC

Finally, a new idea in reality television, even though the 'nets are calling this a mix of 'The Amazing Race' and 'CSI.' I think that comparison does a disservice to this very cool idea. A pair of competitors -- in the season premiere it is the hilariously named brothers Raul and Paul Bustamante of San Francisco -- are given one hour to hide $100,000 before they are hauled in by real detectives who have a full day to grill them. If the suspects keep their secret, they also keep the money. If the cops break the case, they get the ultimate raise.

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First Look: ABC's 'Take the Money and Run'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 28th 2011 3:00PM
Take the Money and RunI was pretty excited when ABC announced 'Take the Money and Run,' its new reality series from 'The Amazing Race' and 'CSI' producers billed as a spy thriller where professional investigators and regular folks compete for $100,000.

Now that ABC has released the first promo for the new series and we have a better idea of what, exactly, contestants are doing, I'm just as pumped for the show's August debut. Basically, the real-person contestants have one hour to hide a briefcase with $100,000, and the investigators have 48 hours to find it. If they don't locate it, the contestants win. If they do, they win.

While the premise alone isn't as exciting as I had hoped, I'm certain there will be plenty of spy-related challenges involved. Who doesn't love a good caper?

'Take the Money and Run' debuts Tue., Aug. 2 at 9PM ET on ABC, but you can watch a preview of the new show after the jump.

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AOL TV's Guide to Summer Reality Competitions

by Jean Bentley, posted May 26th 2011 9:00AM
Big BrotherIt's no secret that the networks pad their summer schedules with cheap-to-produce reality fare. And we're fine with that -- who wants to spend the summer indoors glued to the TV waiting for the next suspenseful episode of 'The Good Wife,' anyway? Instead we can come back from the pool/beach/watering hole of your choice and turn on some fun, mindless reality competition series.

One problem -- with a wealth of shows to choose from, how do we decide which ones to add to the DVR queue? From wannabe dance divas to house-bound roommates, here's a guide to the reality competition series vying for your viewership during the summer months. Which ones will you watch?

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Why 'Take the Money and Run' Is Going to Be Awesome

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 13th 2010 3:30PM
Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri and Bertram van MunsterABC has officially ordered six episodes of a new reality show called 'Take the Money and Run.' According to Deadline, the new project from Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, the team behind 'The Amazing Race,' is a "high-stakes reality series" that asks, "can you commit the perfect crime and get away away with it?"

The Wrap first reported on the show back in April, when it was tentatively called 'Catch Me' and was casting pairs of contestants with "an adventurous streak and a poker face."

Without knowing much else about the it, we can confidently say that this new series is probably going to be fantastic. After the jump, four reasons why.

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