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Executive Producer Bertram van Munster gives details about ABC's new reality game show
By Lie Shia Ong
What if you were given $100,000 and told you could keep it only if you could hide the money for 48 hours? Seems simple enough, right? Not exactly. In ABC's new show "Take the Money and Run," contestants are given $100,000 in a suitcase and are given exactly one hour to hide it. After the time is up, they're taken into custody by police detectives and are interrogated for 48 hours. The detectives can use cellphone records, any receipts and GPS coordinates to try to figure out where the money is. If the detectives are able to find it, it's theirs. If not, the contestants are $100,000 richer.
MSN spoke with Executive Producer Bertram van Munster ("The Amazing Race") about how the idea for the reality game show came about, and where he'd hide the money if he played the game.
MSN TV: How would you describe "Take the Money and Run"? It seems like a very interesting premise.
It's a reality show that almost becomes like a drama. It is interesting how the show develops into something very original and totally riveting. I don't think it's ever been done before. Every show had a completely different outcome, to our great surprise. ... It has a lot of twists and turns ... and it's completely fascinating.
How did the idea of the show come about?
Somebody came to me with the concept of the show, and both [producer] Jerry [Bruckheimer] and I loved it. We said, 'This is a very good idea,' and then we developed the show into what it is now.
Where was the show filmed?
It was filmed in San Francisco, Chicago and Miami.
Do you have a memorable moment from the taping?
There were a lot of memorable moments, and I'm not just saying that. The whole thing is just completely riveting. We've shot six shows for ABC, and everyone was just like, 'Wow. I can't believe this is happening!' A great reality show comes from great casting ... and I think we are very fortunate to have a great cast.
How tough are the interrogators and detectives in this show?
It's more of a mind game. They are tough, but the contestants are tough, too. It's really a mind game that's going on. There's no waterboarding, if that's what your question is [laughs].
What sets "Take the Money and Run" apart from other reality TV shows on the air right now?
I think most of the reality shows on TV right now are just copycats. I think people have just run out of ideas. ... I think this particular show is completely unique and it has nothing to do with anything else. It stands on its own.
If you had an hour to hide $100,000, where do you think you would place that money?
I'm going to hide it behind the carport at my ex-wife's. How do you like that? [Laughs]. I hope [everyone] likes the show. It's quite riveting.
"Take the Money and Run" premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.