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Saturday, July 30, 2011

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ VARIETY REVIEW!

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ VARIETY REVIEW!

PER VARIETY . . .

Producers have spent years trying to decipher how to do a reality-based crime/caper show, and leave it to the team responsible for "The Amazing Race" to come close to cracking the code. "Take the Money and Run" requires a lot of arcane and convoluted rules, but the bottom line -- giving two people an hour to hide $100,000, then unleashing a pair of detectives to find it -- ought to hold an audience's attention in the same undemanding way many procedurals do . . .

. . . the two are held in separate confinement and questioned by interrogators Mary Hanlon Stone and Paul Bishop, who are the only recurring characters in the formula. This gives the players an opportunity to experience a cops-and-robbers scenario, including the psychological tools used to "break" a suspect . . .

. . . in true Bruckheimer-esque fashion, everything works overtime production-wise -- the music, the editing -- to foster suspense. Given the inherent limits . . .

. . . the show (slated for a six-episode summer flight) represents a breezy diversion, with obvious potential to return and plug a gap left by a canceled series come fall.

In short, don't be surprised if ABC takes the idea and runs with it.

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