Articles for The Amazing Race Season 14

The Amazing Race 14 premieres tonight, soon, about a half hour away as I write this, and its continued presence on network television is something we can all be happy about.  Never one to receive big-time ratings, The Amazing Race has nonetheless remained a feather in CBS‘s cap, the rare reality series to garner almost universal praise from critics.  Every year since the Emmy‘s began giving out an award for best reality series, The Amazing Race has won it.  The show is expertly produced, not an easy task given the challenges of filming eleven teams as they travel the world.  The fourteenth edition of The Amazing Race boasts an intriguing cast, filled with good-looking people and a disproportianate number of sibings and family members.  I, Oscar Dahl, have once again been given the honor of covering The Amazing Race, and will attempt to do so in the least annoying way possible for the next few months.  Open a bottle of wine, take off those uncomfortable pants, and join me for these live thoughts.  It‘ll be fun, I promise.  Read more »
On the first leg of The Amazing Race 14, the bickering couple was eliminated and the inspirational pair of a mother and her deaf son came in first. I guess hope and change really have come to America.Before the leg begins, we get some footage of all the other teams commenting on how inspirational Luke is. OK, I‘ll allow this for now, but I really hope the show doesn‘t go too overboard milking this “inspirational” thing. Luckily, it‘s overshadowed by the shameless way American Idol is shilling its blind contestant.Does everyone else love the new opening credits as much as I do? The theme song got a slight upgrade, and I‘m digging it. Read more »
Editor‘s Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars ,Survivor, American Idol and America‘s Next Top Model. .By Susan Young, Film.com This week there was an odd déjà, been there moment during The Amazing Race when I realized that we’ve seen some version of all these contestants before. Worse yet, none of the current crop are carving out a place of their own.Every season you know you’ll get the squabbling siblings, bickering troubled couples and dithering pretty blondes, but this incarnation manages to snag almost every former stereotype from previous seasons.And it isn’t a good thing. Read more »
Isn‘t it finally time to see Phil Keoghan do the racing, rather than just host The Amazing Race?  Sure, that line looks like a cliché.  And sure, in actuality he won‘t be racing—let‘s say he‘ll be touring across the country from the end of next month, until just after the race ends.  Luckily for us, he will do just that.CBS has announced Ride Across America, a tour which sees the native New Zealander go on a bicycle trip across America, making stops in over thirty cities.  Along the way, he will drop by casting calls for future season of The Amazing Race, sign copies of his book No Opportunity Wasted, and appear alongside former racers and fans of the show.  The entire thing kicks off on March 28 in Los Angeles, and ends on May 9—just a day shy of The Amazing Race 14‘s finale—in New York. Read more »
The nine remaining teams embarked to Romania on tonight‘s episode.  According to CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race, Romania is only known for vampires and gypsies.  Now, I‘m all for highlighting the most accessible niches of a foreign culture for the mass-consumption of xenophobic Americans, but vampires and gyspies?  Really?  I have to bet that any Romanian watching tonight‘s episode was quite appalled that their beautiful country was summed up by smelly, disgusting gypsies and mythical, blood-sucking creatures with a very tenuous basis in reality.  Those gypsies looked like plants, anyway.  On to the recap. Read more »
Editor‘s Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and America‘s Next Top Model. .By Susan Young, Film.com Humiliation is the word of the week around reality land.And we haven’t even gotten to tonight’s premiere of America’s Next Top Model, where Tyra Banks delights in digging up every sensitive moment in those pretty girls’ past. Remember the “tell us about how you were sexually abused?” moment last cycle? Seems like Tyra just can’t get the separation of Model Show vs. Talk Show idea. Read more »
The Amazing Race 14 took its final eight teams to the brutal cold of Siberia tonight where the racers competed in wood stacking and shutter making competitions.  Seems about right.  As much as I like seeing The Amazing Race visit random locales, places that normal people would never consider visiting, a location like Siberia doesn‘t bring much to the table for the viewing audience.  It‘s a depressing place, filled with scruffy-looking Russians drinking vodka, and provides little scenery of note.  Viewers of The Amazing Race want to live vicariously through the teams, but I can‘t name anybody (and I know some avid travelers) who dreams of visiting random towns in the depths of Siberia.  Previously on The Amazing Race 14: Brad and Victoria, adventurous older couple, were eliminated after taking a risky flight.  Read more »
The U-Turn is always a point of controversy on The Amazing Race.  Kris and Amanda were eliminated last night because they were U-Turned by Margie and Luke, and there has been much debate about what Margie and Luke did.  Was it ethical?  Kris and Amanda weren‘t a threat to Margie and Luke on last night‘s leg, but then again, Amanda and Kris were shaping up as a team to be reckoned with - I thought they were the most likely to win it all.  The U-Turn, despite its brutal ramifications, is a part of The Amazing Race, and should therefore be utilized, right?  It may have been cowardly, but I figure if you‘re playing for a million dollars, you take every advantage available to you.  You only race once.  Amanda and Kris, on a show that consistently features dysfunctional and often appalling young couples, were a breath of fresh air.  The couple got along incredibly well in stressful circumstances, remaining likable even as the reality of their impending elimination became clear.  We had the chance to speak with Amanda and Kris earlier today about their time on The Amazing Race.  You can find the written transcript as well as the full mp3 audio of the interview below. Read more »
The Amazing Race stayed in Russia tonight, where it was very cold.  Snowy, below freezing, and what do the cruel producers of The Amazing Race decide to do to their racing hamsters?  Make them strip down to their underwear and run through the busy Russian streets in the snow.  The underwear run ranged from the sublime (Cara looked quite good) to the disturbing (Mark is a bizarrely rotund little man).  The ending had a little twist, which was probably to be expected, given that The Amazing Race stayed in Russia tonight.  What follows is a glorious recap of tonight‘s episode of The Amazing Race.  Please enjoy. Read more »
Linda and Steve were the self-proclaimed "hicks" on The Amazing Race 14, but in actuality they were much more than that.  Though the long-term couple didn‘t perform all that well over their two legs on The Amazing Race, they were one of the most easily likable couples.  Most of all, they were real.  Steve, especially in the first leg, had a difficult time masking some of his disappointment with Linda.  However, the strength of their relationship shined through, with Steve openly ashamed of his behavior and the couple remaining positive and loving, even while clearly disappointed and emotional after their elimination from the race.  This morning, we had the pleasure of speaking with Linda and Steve about their time on the race.Below you will find the full written transcript as well as the mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
The Amazing Race 14 sauntered its way into the great nation of India this evening, a nation that boasts a crap ton of people and all sorts of diverse and crazy interesting cities.  The Amazing Race (the USA not included) has visited India more times than any other country, and it‘s always one of the most enjoyable stops during The Amazing Race season.  Would Jodi and Christie be able to overcome the Speed Bump and live on to see another leg?  Or, will one of the other teams slip up and allow the blondes to catch up?  What follows is a magnificently in-depth recap of the night‘s action.  I urge you to read on and enjoy. Read more »
Jodi and Christie fell on some hard luck early on in The Amazing Race 14 and never really recovered.  They fought their way through a number of close finishes and were saved by a non-elimination leg, but, ultimately, it was a speed bump that sealed their fate, as they were eliminated from The Amazing Race on Sunday, finishing their leg in India mere minutes behind the penultimate duo of Mark and Michael.  Christie and Jodi, both flight attendants, met years ago and have been best friends ever since.  Christie is recently married, and perhaps the more optimistic member of the team, while Jodi is a recently divorced single mother.  We had the honor of speaking with the two ladies earlier this morning about their time on The Amazing Race and what it‘s meant to them.The Amazing Race 14: Episode 6 "Alright Guys, We‘re at War" RecapBelow you will find the full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
Even the crafty CBS editors for The Amazing Race can‘t always outrun the tepid stench of inevitability.  The Amazing Race 14 has had its share of truly close, exciting finishes.  Tonight was not one of them.  Sometimes, one Amazing Race team makes one bad decision early in the leg and you know, barring a monumental catastrophe, that the team will be finishing last.  It happened tonight in such a matter-of-fact, insignificant manner, that The Amazing Race through me off.  But, in the end, a likable team bit the dust, leaving a final five without a true fan favorite.  There are no straight-up "good guys" remaining.  What follows is a recap of the night‘s events, as the six final Amazing Race teams traveled from the elephant-friendly town of Jaipur, India to the elephant-friendly town of Phuket, Thailand.  Hooray, elephants! Read more »
The Amazing Race has felt anti-climactic for much of the season.  Could it be series fatigue?  It has been fourteen seasons, and not much has changed.  As opposed to Survivor, where the new contestants are what makes the show tick, The Amazing Race is more reliant on the actual race.  It‘s more prone to run its course than its CBS brother-in-reality-arms.  Just a few years ago, I would confidently declare The Amazing Race my favorite reality show on TV.  Not only my favorite, actually, but The Best.  These feelings are totally gone.  There is still an affection for The Amazing Race, but its nowhere near as rabid as it used to be.  I suspect this was inevitable.  Fourteen seasons is an impressive run for a show whose basic premise has remained the same.  I want to know: Does anyone else feel the same way, or am I on an island?  Or, perhaps, is the current season merely sub-par?  Read more »
Mike White is one of the rare reality show contestants who achieved a modicum of fame outside of the world of reality TV.  Mike is a successful screenwriter/actor in Hollywood, having written films like Orange County and School of Rock.  He‘s appeared on-screen in TV and film as well, acting on Pushing Daisies and Freaks and Geeks (where he was also a writer), plus many others.  It was a surprise, then, when the cast was announced for The Amazing Race 14 and there Mike was, paired with his father.  We had the supreme honor of speaking with Mel and Mike this morning about their time on the race, and what the future holds for the father/son duo. Below you will find the written transcript and full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
Here are the current standings for The Amazing Race Fantasy TV:Fantasy TV Leaderboard:1. (t) tvaddict10 (4000 points)1. (t) joyx3 (4000 points)1. (t) KristaWhyte2 (4000 points)1. (t) Jess1284 (4000 points)1. (t) cb2 (4000 points)6. (t) crazyweber (3250 points)6. (t) Emotastic (3250 points)6. (t) TheEditor (3250 points)6. (t) Kacey Donston2 (3250 points)6. (t) JanetOgilvie2 (3250 points) Read more »
Two weeks ago on The Amazing Race, we had the misfortune of seeing Mel and Mike go.  Let’s give it away, as if it isn’t any obvious—they’re one of the most likable, and most liked, teams this season, which would otherwise be as run-of-the-mill as some others.  They weren’t the laugh-out-loud type of team, that’d be funny by being crazy or doing stupid mistakes (insert Mark and Michael, the team that always gets lost somewhere); instead they were just doing the race and being adorable on their own.It was quite weird to see Mike, a movie writer who’s appeared in a handful of films (most notably as the music teacher that gets sidelines in School of Rock), on a reality show.  When the cast was announced, I was pretty skeptical: here is a guy whose career hasn’t exactly taken off (at least upon first glance), suddenly taking the reality route to get noticed.   At the same time, other reality shows took in some former celebrities (Taj Johnson-George, for instance, in Survivor: Tocantins, and pretty much most of The Celebrity Apprentice), and it felt like we’re in for some trouble. Read more »
Angel Cabrera won!   Oh, sorry, I was referring to this year’s Masters in Augusta.   A two-hole sudden death playoff and he gets the green jacket, and I get to wait half an hour for The Amazing Race to begin.  If I waited two weeks for a new episode, what harm can thirty minutes do?   Anyway, last time Mel and Mike bid farewell, after a stupid mistake threw them way off course.   It’s sad, but it’s expected, and I’ve dealt with the loss pretty well—by watching Mike’s latest film, Nacho Libre.   It also has some stupid mistakes, too, albeit for comic effect, and now I’m ready to face the last five teams make their way to Bangkok, with more stupid mistakes—foreshadowing, eh?   Oh, and singing too.  The film also had singing.  En-car-naaa-cee-ownnn… Read more »
Editor‘s Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and America‘s Next Top Model.By Susan Young, Film.comHow the mighty have stumbled and slipped as we cruise through the first half of the spring reality show season.Was it really all that long ago that Melissa Rycroft looked like she was going to waltz right through Dancing with the Stars and glide easily into the winner’s circle? And who among us didn’t have Lil Rounds as our choice for at least the final four of American Idol? Read more »
(Before we begin, I’d like to give a shoutout to the folks at CBS.  Where are the photos from the last two episodes of The Amazing Race?  Luckily I found a photo that somehow ties in to the theme of this entry… oh, well.  Let’s get on with it.)The cheerleaders, Cara and Jaime, did describe stuntmen Mark and Michael as a couple of cartoon characters.  When I first saw that a few weeks ago, I figured it was because their small statures don’t do justice to their physical fitness and their energy.  Who would’ve known that, weeks later, I’d see that remark in a completely different light? Read more »
Fourteen seasons later, The Amazing Race is still at it, bringing teams around the world, having them do tasks that are either daring or outrageous or (in the case of the episode last week) downright funny, and earning a handful of Emmys along the way.  There will be another round to this.CBS has announced that The Amazing Race has been renewed for a 15th season, which means we‘ll be seeing 11 (or 12, who knows?) teams go around the world for a million dollars again, this coming fall.  Host Phil Keoghan confirmed the news through a Twitter site he set up for his "Phil Keoghan Rides Across America" gig, a cross-country biking trip across the country to promote awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis research. Read more »
Obviously we still don‘t have photos from the more recent episodes of The Amazing Race 14, which is why I had to settle for a shot of mother-and-son team Margie and Luke.  Conveniently, they‘re my discussion point for the next paragraphs or so.  Perhaps similarly convenient is the fact that the race is now headed to China--the first of three legs in the country, ultimately leading to Beijing, the home of last year‘s Olympics, or the place where Michael Phelps gained sporting glory only to stumble (ever-so-slightly?) with controversial photos.  At least this Michael isn‘t like the Michael on the race--but enough with that.While writing the half-fail (but half-success) that is my recap of last week‘s episode, I was genuinely intrigued by their teaser for this week‘s episode.  Luke--the guy Mike called the "sinister deaf kid"--is slugging it out with Jen.  At this stage of the race, things have indeed become very competitive, and when push comes to shove, things have to reach a boiling point.  In this case, it‘s an exasperated Luke doing a gesture, which apparently means "bitch".  I didn‘t know you can do that with sign language.  I tried imitating it--but I have to learn sign language first before I can make sense of it. Read more »
The Amazing Race 14 is down to four teams after tonight and, given the trials and travails of Mark and Michael in last week‘s episode, I think we all knew there wouldn‘t a lot of suspense tonight, barring an epic comeback.  It was good, then, that The Amazing Race provided some atypical intra-team conflict to spice things up on this evening‘s episode.  Margie and Luke, who have become quite the divisive team this season, got into it with Kisha and Jen throughout the hour, culminating in an uncomfortable war of words at the pit stop, even forcing Phil Keoghan to put on his best Jeff Probst mask.  Good times.  Below is a recap of tonight‘s events.  Please enjoy, and be safe.  Read more »
Mark and Michael, the stuntmen brothers, surprised a lot of people this season on The Amazing Race.  While often portrayed (wrongly) by CBS as bumbling fools, Mark and Michael proved to be able racers with incredibly high motors, and exceedingly likable guys to boot.  While a couple of mistakes placed them in an unenviable hole going into last night‘s leg on The Amazing Race, the brothers kept their spirits high and never gave up.  We had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Mark and Michael earlier today, and they were as congenial as you might expect.Below you will find the full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
Like what Oscar said before, this season of The Amazing Race has been mostly blah for me.  The difference is, I skipped a couple of seasons before returning for the last season that aired over the fall--that‘s when my life got in the way.  Anyway, this season did face some of the problems that other reality shows don‘t face: a lack of personalities, and perhaps, a lack of imagination regarding tasks.  Sure, some of this season‘s challenges felt too easy--singing inside a karaoke cab for what seemed like forever was easier than Phil Keoghan would‘ve wanted--but most importantly, there was nobody to hate.  The potential characters were either tossed off too early, or were very likable (see Mike and Mel), or were just unusually unlucky (Christie and Jodi made some crucial misses despite selling their travel industry experience, for instance).  So, overall, blah, but still watchable.And then there was last Sunday‘s episode, with "the most memorable pit stop ever," or something like it.  Of course, it‘s the feud between Margie and Luke, and Kisha and Jen, one founded on what happened the week before, and one that was intensified when things got a little too physical.  It‘s a surprise, actually.  Luke, who was born deaf, was basically the guy who couldn‘t do no harm, and it felt that way, in the many times we‘ve seen him communicate, albeit exasperatedly sometimes, with his mother.  Jen, on the other hand, was one-half of a sleeper team--I never did have an opinion of them, and I probably wouldn‘t care if they got eliminated. Read more »
Editor‘s Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and America‘s Next Top Model.By Susan Young, Film.comWhat reality?You don‘t even need to get out of the A-list - The Amazing Race, America‘s Next Top Model or American Idol - to realize the competition aspect comes in second to the goal of getting the most viewers to the set by exploiting personality over deserving choice.  Read more »
I think that, after having written that long rant-slash-whatever about the Luke-Jen feud on last week‘s episode of The Amazing Race, I‘ve run out of things to say.  After all, last week‘s result was sooo obvious, the producers didn‘t waste time dwelling on the tragedy of sorts that is Mark and Michael‘s elimination--they even capped it off with slow-motion footage and slightly inappropriate music!  Instead, they had footage of the feud that blew out of proportion, and, uhh, blew it further out of proportion.So, for my preview of tonight‘s episode, I‘ll be using a photo of the team that‘s in last place this leg, Cara and Jaime.  I guess their non-involvement of sorts in whatever big thing happened last week should be soothing, right?  Not stuck in the middle of a war, not stuck in a speed bump far away--just trying to get things right. Read more »
There are four teams left on The Amazing Race.  Three will race in the finale.  Coming into tonight, there were three episodes of The Amazing Race 14 left.  You do the math.  To me, the most intriguing sub-plot of the season right now (I‘m over the Jen-Luke squabble) is the very real possibility that an all-female team will win The Amazing Race this season.  An all-female team has never won The Amazing Race, a fact that has to be remedied at some point.  Kisha and Jen are contenders, for sure, but I don‘t think Cara and Jaime have been given their due this season.  The cheerleaders have been solid all year, and really showed their stuff in tonight‘s episode.  What follows is a recap of tonight‘s episode.  Be safe, and enjoy. Read more »
I do not aim to be callous.  I feel for those who have great fears ofthings which should not be fearful.  It is sad.  But, when you areplaying for a million dollars and have already bungee-jumped andavoided treacherous and deadly cheese-wheel projectiles, a couple oflaps in a pool shouldn‘t be terribly daunting.  The Amazing Race 14 hita snag last night, in my mind, because we watched a couple of teams"heroically" conquer their fear of water.  Of course, there‘s nothingheroic about struggling to swim laps in a pool, especially when lifejackets were available.  Kisha and Jen eventually conquered the placidwaters of the Beijing Natatorium, but it took a lot of self-doubt andtears to get there.  It would have been fitting had the sisters beeneliminated from The Amazing Race as a result, but instead they were saved by thefake-out Pit Stop.   Read more »
I wonder how that feels.  That one team who‘s just racing slightly under the radar, slowly reaping the rewards of their efforts, making that taxi ride (or stride or flight or whatever) to the pit stop knowing that, finally, they‘re taking first place in a leg.  They might be thinking, "I don‘t care if I lose The Amazing Race, but at least I was in first place at one point."  They get to the mat, too exhilarated to notice that nobody‘s there to greet them but Phil Keoghan, who breaks them the news."The race is still on.  Take your next clue."Phil Keoghan, human route marker! Read more »
Before every episode of The Amazing Race, Andy Rooney rambles on incoherently to end 60 Minutes.  It is an exasperating event every week, and yet, I have a sneaking suspicion that for years, Mr. Rooney‘s asinine blatherings have made The Amazing Race seem like a better show than it is.  I Love Toy Trains would probably be the pinnacle of excitement after watching Rooney.  Anyway, tonight, Andy Rooney admits to having a hard-on for counting things.  Likestairs and days of the presidency.  Then he talks about how Obama likesto decorate the Oval Office.  And then he talks about Obama‘s desk, andhow Andy made his own desk out of some wood from his property.  Thepoint - being President is hard.  Andy Rooney, the crazy uncle younever had who inexplicably gets air time on national television.   Read more »
How do you feel about eating fried Starfish?  I can‘t imagine that you‘ve every actually considered this question.  Prior to The Amazing Race 14‘s penultimate episode last night, I had not once entertained the idea of eating such a thing.  OK, so think about it for a second.  In all likelihood, the fried Starfish would be gross.  Before digging in, you‘re going to psyche yourself out a little bit.  The more you assume something will be disgusting to eat, the harder it will actually be to eat it.  You are powerless to the preconceptions of your brain.  Even then, knowing that the fried Starfish will not kill you, will not thrust you into poverty, will not kidnap your dog, will not take advantage of your girlfriend, will not mock you in front of your loved ones, conquering the fried Starfish should ostensibly be an easy task.  The Starfish poses no threat to you.  I would eat the Starfish on a dare.  I would eat it on a bet.  If I were feeling particularly saucy, I might just eat the damn thing for fun, just to say I did it.  This is why reality television contestants often baffle me.   Read more »
Jen and Kisha had a roller-coaster ride over the last episodes of The Amazing Race.  They made a great run of it throughout the season, even if their season ended in a heart-breaking fashion last night.  In Beijing, Jen especially had moments that no person would envy.  First, it was the swimming pool, and then it was the street food.  We had the great pleasure of speaking with Jen and Kisha earlier today about their time on the race.  Below you will find the full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
For the fourteenth time, it all ends here: the last leg of The Amazing Race.  While this season isn‘t exactly the most exciting I‘ve seen in a while, I‘m actually thankful that the result is very much up in the air.  At least we don‘t have to sit back and nonchalantly say something like, "oh, Nick and Starr will win this," much like we probably said last season.  At least this will be a race to the end.Three teams remain, and for all its worth, there‘s no clear-cut favorite.  (That‘s the other way of saying there‘s no genuinely likeable team remaining.  Mike and Mel, why did you go to the beach instead of the zoo?)  There‘s Tammy and Victor, the lawyers who started the race doing a more silent version of bickering, until they were woken up by a close call in Romania, and dominated for pretty much the rest of the way.  There‘s their adorable Chinese speaking, and then there‘s just plain adorable Tammy, and while Victor‘s toned down a bit, you might still want to strangle him because he‘s still annoying Tammy, oh poor Tammy... Read more »
Kisha and Jen were eliminated from last week‘s penultimate episode of The Amazing Race due to an ill-timed bathroom break, setting up a showdown between a mother/son team, a brother/sister team and a team of two attractive fire-haired cheerleaders.  There‘s no unanimous rooting interest in this bunch, each team having its share of fans and detractors.  In tonight‘s final leg, teams traveled from the Far East to Maui.  What follows is a recap of tonight‘s events. Final Rooney Report of the Season: Andy Rooney actually gives a pretty good monologue on 60 Minutes tonight.  I feel like I‘ve entered a parallel universe.  He talks about graduating, what that feeling is like, and the bittersweet emotions that come with it.  I know that Rooney used to be really good, really valuable, and tonight he gave us a glimmer of the thinker he used to be.  I can‘t believe I just complimented Andy Rooney.  I feel funny.   Read more »
After eleven legs, nine countries, and thousand of miles with hype and drama peppered in between, The Amazing Race 14 has a winner--and it‘s sibling lawyers Tammy and Victor.  Some way to cap a season that, I still maintain, is a little tepid compared to previous ones.  These two have been pretty dominant most of the way, being that perfect mix of physical strength and strategy.  I can‘t complain about their victory, and I should say it‘s a well-deserved victory for a team who‘s run the race better than anybody else this time. Read more »
The Amazing Race is a show whose appeal comes not from the competition, as would ostensibly be assumed.  It‘s a travelogue first, a character piece second, and a competition third.  Rarely is a reality competition show grounded in the actual competition.  Survivor probably comes closest.  The Amazing Race has the inherent urgency of actually being an epic, you know, race, but every season the inevitable occurs - the winners jog onto that final mat, the previously vanquished teams applauding with overwrought, prodded emotions, and it‘s never as triumphant as it should be.  The end is a relief for the racers, who stand on the brink of exhaustion and madness.  Tammy and Victor were the best racers of the season by a long-shot.  They were the smartest, the least scared, the only ones who spoke Chinese and, despite any minor squabbles they had early in the season, benefited from being brother and sister.  Sibling relationships are the strongest, the most trusting, even if it doesn‘t always seem like it. Even if you weren‘t great big fans of the two, they deserved the over-sized million dollar check they walked away with last night.   Read more »
Tammy and Victor conquered all comers on their way to a victory on The Amazing Race.  The siblings, both lawyers, weren‘t the strongest, they weren‘t the fastest, but they proved that they were the best.  Front-runners throughout the race, Victor sealed the deal in last night‘s final Road Block, showing off his intelligence on the way to the finish line.  Earlier today we had the privilege of speaking with Tammy and Victor about their time on the race, how they ended up winning and how big an advantage their knowledge of Mandarin was during the two legs in China.Below you will find the full mp3 audio of the interview, as well as a written transcript. Read more »
Editor‘s Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff atFilm.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories aboutyour favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and America‘s Next Top Model.By Susan Young, Film.comThe Celebrity Apprentice closed out the spring reality season with a controversial decision. Donald Trump fired Annie Duke, the person with all the right business qualifications, in favor of Joan Rivers, the older candidate who perhaps had her charity priorities in better order. Read more »
Continuing in this exciting week of Fall schedules, CBS revealed its lineup today, and while many shows remain fixed, there are some big moves.  The Mentalist, this past season‘s top new show, will get the coveted post-CSI timeslot Thursdays at 10pm.And one day after NBC officially cancelled Medium, CBS scooped it up and Patricia Arquette will now see ghosts right after Jennifer Love Hewitt does the same thing on Ghost Whisperer.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW  Read more »

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