The Amazing Race
are approaching their upcoming spring seasons in two very different ways. Whereas the Jeff Probst-hosted competition series is shying away from bringing back returning players for the first time in what feels like forever, the Phil Keoghan-hosted series is doing an all-stars edition for only the third time in the show's history.
CBS has announced that The Amazing Race
season 24 will premiere on Sunday, February 23 at 8pm, which unfortunately for fans is the same night as the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In the new All-Stars season, 11 teams that have previously competed on the show will return for another shot at claiming the $1 million grand prize.
Following the season 23 finale of The Amazing Race
this past fall, in which Jason and Amy crossed the finish line first
before Tim and Marie and Nicole and Travis, CBS aired a short promo teasing the All-Stars
installment, which you can watch below:
Since the returning teams haven't been announced yet, we shouldn't assume anything just because certain contestants were shown in the above promo. And the voice-over even asks, "Which of your all-time favorite Amazing Race teams are coming back?" which means the footage they compiled doesn't necessary mean anything in terms of the all-star players. But I think it's safe to say at least some of them will be on our television screens again this winter/spring.
But it sounds like one team in particular has been all but confirmed. Zap2It recently reported
on some rumors that Brendon and Rachel are one of the 11 teams. Apparently, Rachel tweeted out a photo a while ago showing the two of them in T-shirts that say "Brenchel" and wearing the types of backpacks that Amazing Race
contestants usually carry around, though the photo was deleted.
Then a video circulated
of Brendon doing some sort of a bartending task where he stacked a bunch of glasses and had to pour them (I assume without spilling or making any other mistakes). And there were two men right next to them filming the whole thing. I doubt Amazing Race
fans will consider "Brenchel" to be all-stars or even favorites, but I guess they still have to cast annoying and villain-y teams to amp up the drama.
The Amazing Race still draws in strong viewership, and averaged 10.03 million viewers last fall. The series has won nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, though it lost (for only the second time) in September to The Voice.
Which former teams do you think should return for the third all-stars season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
(Image courtesy of CBS)