I have to admit, I was really looking forward to ABC’s new competition series, Take the Money and Run. The premise sounded incredibly fun, and really, it had a great pedigree. Here’s the description from ABC:
From the producers of The Amazing Race and the CSI franchise comes an entirely new heart-stopping competition show, Take the Money and Run, a six-episode unscripted series for ABC. Combining all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in different locales outwitting high-level investigators, Take the Money and Run is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level. The cat and mouse format will pit investigative professionals vs. everyday people trying to win a $100,000 prize. Take the Money and Run will be produced by Profiles Television LLC and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and distributed in the U.S. by Horizon Alternative Television. Executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Philip Morrow. KristieAnne Reed and Mark Dziak are co-executive producers.
So yay! It sounds exciting, fast-paced, and with Jerry Bruckheimer and crew behind it, it should be well worth the watch, right?
Jump with me to find out why.
First, the brothers were not very likeable in my opinion. Paul seemed to be kind of lazy, he didn’t have any drive or ambition, and he lived with his mother. That’s all well and good. I get that sometimes, a person has to live with their parents. Not a problem. I felt kind of sorry for the guy, actually, because he seemed to have very low self esteem. Of course, his brother Raul didn’t help matters. Raul said all the right things, like he wanted to help his brother get off the couch, help his mother and brother, etc etc. But he continually made remarks to and about his brother that were cutting and rude. He was a douche, plain and simple.
Second, the flow of the show was terrible. It was slow and exceedingly boring. “Combining all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in different locales outwitting high-level investigators” I don’t know what edge-of-your-seat spy thriller elements they were talking about, because there was NOTHING like that… Everything from the brothers trying to figure out where to hide the briefcase of money, to the investigation by the cops, to the questions by the rather irritating interrogators seemed to drag. The brothers had an hour to hide the briefcase, and then the cops “arrested” them and locked them up. They were put in orange jumpsuits, fingerprinted, put in separate dank, dark, creepy looking jail cells (honestly, they looked like they had gray stone walls, like they were underground in a castle or cave or something…), and left alone until the interrogators took them into a room with a table to question them. The show would have been MUCH more exciting had the brothers had to actually run and hide with the briefcase, and then the cops had to try and find them.
We learned that the interrogators will be the same weekly, which doesn’t thrill me, but alone, isn’t a reason to not watch. But if the contestants aren’t more exciting to watch (if they fold and give up the location like Paul did or act so smug and cocky and douchy like Raul), this is a definite miss for me.