The Amazing Race: Previewing Season 15 Premiere "They Thought Godzilla Was Walking Down The Street"
Seven straight Emmys and full-on domination?  Something must be going on.

The Amazing Race finally returns tonight for its 15th season: another three months or so (in television time, really) of racing around the world, facing challenges along the way, and staring down at fellow racers willing to do anything and everything--depends, of course, on what you do--to win a million dollars.

This season's teams are quite a good mix: the slightly-known (a pair of Globetrotters and a pair of poker players), the interesting (a pair of dating singers, a half-pair with Asperger's) and the usual (the bickering couple and the old athletic couple).  Never mind the templates, though: as always, this race will be as unpredictable as who says the quote that they use as an episode title.

It's a two-hour premiere tonight, and the twelve teams kick off their race in Los Angeles, and fly to Japan, where they have to play tour guides to clueless Japanese, and perhaps in a nod to ABC's I Survived A Japanese Game Show, well, a game show.  Sushi Roulette, if I remember correctly.  Then the teams fly to Vietnam, where they do stuff which I haven't figured out yet.  And, in future legs, there'll be a return to a memorable Roadblock and an appearance from a well-loved celebrity.

But there is, of course, a twist early on.  Twelve teams, right?  One of them will be eliminated before they even get to the starting line.  Big, big ouch.  Phil Keoghan returns as tour guide, host and part-time cyclist on The Amazing Race, kicking off tonight from 8pm on CBS.

Armchair travelers, let's get it on, shall we?

- Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of CBS)