Before season 12 of The Amazing Race began filming, BuddyTV got the chance to talk to the contestants, creator and host of the show to get their thoughts on what was to come. Check back all this week as we unveil our exclusive video interviews of the 11 brand new teams.

Creator and Executive Producer, Bertram van Munster is the mastermind behind the five time Emmy award-winning series, The Amazing Race, which will premiere its 12th season on Sunday, November 4 at 8pm on CBS.  Eleven new teams competing for $1 million dollars will travel approximately 30,000 miles, covering five countries never before visited on the Race.

BuddyTV had the opportunity to sit down with Bertram van Muster at The Amazing Race 12 Press Junket held at CBS Television City this summer to talk about the show, how it has evolved over the years, and what fans can expect to see on the upcoming season. Watch BuddyTV’s full video interview after the jump.



– Bertram van Munster’s wife, Elise Doganieri, was the one who came up with the concept of the show.

– Bertram believes The Amazing Race has been successful because everyone can relate to it and because it’s so unpredictable.

– Over the course of the years, the core concept of the show still remains the same, but the casting has evolved to a certain degree and the show has been made harder here and there.

– The planning of the show is what it’s really all about. Bertram and his partner go around the world at least twice to prep for the show setting up logistics, permits, money, etc. It takes 4-5 months to prep for the show.

– There are a lot of countries that are not used to seeing cameramen, some countries are more difficult to work with, and some countries they have to avoid altogether.

– Airlines are great to work with because they are promoting those airlines. They appreciate the publicity and are very cooperative.

– Season 12 will be very original. At least 65 percent of the places visited this season are places that The Amazing Race has never been.

– The cast is very exciting, original, and very different than what we’ve seen for a very long time.

Check out our other exclusive video interviews for The Amazing Race 12:
Nicolas and Donald
Lorena and Jason
Ronald and Christina
Azaria and Hendeka
Kynt and Vyxsin
Jennifer and Nathan
Kate and Pat
Ari and Staella
TK and Rachel
Shana and Jennifer

Marianna and Julia
Host Phil Keoghan

– Interview conducted by Royce Yuen
(Image courtesy of CBS)

Royce Yuen

Interviewer, BuddyTV