And, these last two are shows that are unlikely to be cancelled, but their ratings declines need to be considered. Survivor and The Amazing Race each represent a legacy of reality television which is now over seven years old, and each show also represents a legacy which is slowly deteriorating. Both shows continue to be successful in key demos and total viewers, and both will be on the schedule next year, but there is a rumour that each might be seeing themselves pared back. The Amazing Race may be taking a break until February, and there are rumours it could end up in Survivor’s time slot as it also starts to become a once-a-year phenomenon. Either way, both shows no longer feel like “event programming”, which is what made reality TV the success it is. CBS now needs to decide whether or not they can regain that with a scheduling shift.
This fits in very well with the sense of the show's future that I got from totally unofficially talking with the racers last weekend.
Everyone thought there would be another season.
One racer said she had been asked for a casting recommendation, which she didn't believe would have happened without a commitment to another show.
But everyone did seem to think that we would see a delay in the next show--maybe airing late fall? Or even filming late fall? Which seemed to go agaiinst Phil's comment of being "MEANT" to film this summer.
And I heard from several racers that going down to a once a year event would not be a surprise.
I did not hear anything about celebrities at all. And why would you want a casting rec if you had celebrity teams lined up?
Do I have my head in the sand? Or could this be a smokescreen?