So, I'm a little mixed on the new ABC reality game show, "Take The Money and Run" (ABC, 9 p.m.)
The concept is built around a team of two hiding a briefcase full of money somewhere in a major city. If it stays hidden for 48 hours, they keep the money. If a team of investigators find it, they keep it. The civilian team hides the money and is then "arrested," spending the next 48 hours in jail while being interrogated by trained professionals as the investigators search the city, using GPS and cell phone records to trace where the first team spent its hour hiding the money.
The concept, created by the same people who do "The Amazing Race," is fairly sound. The teams they pick? Not so much.
Two of the teams they've had on the show lost the money simply because one team member couldn't stand being in jail for more than a night. Mind you, this isn't Alcatraz they are sent to, nor do they have some large, scary career criminal as their cellmate. They stay in a relatively clean, solitary cell in between interrogations. If they can keep their cool, they win the money.
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Yet at least two of these teams had members flip out mostly because they went a little nuts in confinement and had to put up with bad food. Last week's guy was sobbing at the end.
Really? Bad food and boredom and you give up $100,000?
It's a far cry from the teams who competed on "Expedition Impossible" from the same network, where you had teams climbing mountains, solving puzzles, rafting in the rapids and riding horses and camels -- all for less money. In that show, you had a team that had a guy who was blind and another guy who broke his ankle comprising one team. And they managed to man up and finish second, minutes behind a team that had a guy with a sprained ankle.
Honestly, I don't understand how contestants can go on some of these shows and not prepare themselves any better. Every year on "Amazing Race," there are teams who don't know how to drive a stick-shift car, don't know how to swim and don't BOTHER TO READ THE CLUES, even though the show has been on for a decade.
I realize "Money" is a new series, but seriously, it's not an episode of "Oz." You aren't going to the prison shower, nor will you get a shiv to the ribs when you have your back turned. It seems silly that some people can't suck it up for a short time period in order to win a lot of money.