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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #75 on: January 22, 2011, 05:30:20 PM »
Odds are some of us will have access to that information via our cable/satellite providers up to one or two days before that if last season is any guide. :)

I guess someone should be on the lookout then.
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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #76 on: January 23, 2011, 12:53:24 PM »
The comments by Bertram can Munster can be applied equally well across the board to Top Chef 8 All-Stars, which is also a season with primarily the top non-winners and other favorites who are all very talented.

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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #77 on: January 30, 2011, 05:09:48 AM »


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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #78 on: January 30, 2011, 05:27:25 AM »

The Amazing Race Game  :jam:

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« Reply #79 on: January 30, 2011, 06:35:09 AM »


PHIL KEOGHAN, HOST OF CBS' "THE AMAZING RACE," IS COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!


Phil Keoghan will embark on a 10-city tour starting Feb. 3 in Los Angeles and culminating on Feb. 18 in New York City to promote the launch of the new season of THE AMAZING RACE: UNFINISHED BUSINESS, which premieres Sunday, Feb. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. For the first time, the Emmy Award-winning series will be broadcast in HD.


THE AMAZING RACE: UNFINISHED BUSINESS will feature 11 former Teams who fell short of winning the $1 million prize during their first Race and are returning for another chance. Fan favorites such as the Globetrotters, the Cowboys and the Goths are coming back for another trek around the globe.


During his upcoming tour, Keoghan will also host screenings of hisfeature-length documentary, "The Ride," which follows his 3,500-mile bike ride that he took from Los Angeles to New York City. Joining him on this grueling, 40-day adventure were his wingman Ben,best friend Scott, his father and a former California Highway Patrolman. His mission was simple: to test his 41-year-old mind and body like never before.

Keoghan's coast-to-coast journey also generated more than $500,000 for the National MS Society through local outreach and the support of GNC.


"The Ride" can now be seen on the big screen: Regal Theatres is hosting screenings of the documentary in the following 10 cities, with all proceeds being donated to the National MS Society:


Thursday, Feb 3: Los Angeles, Calif.

Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14

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Monday, February 7: Denver, Colo.

UA Denver Pavilions 15

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Tuesday, Feb 8 – Minneapolis, Minn.

Regal Eagan 16

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Wednesday, Feb. 9 – St. Louis, MO.

Regal St. Louis Mills Stadium 18 & IMAX

5555 St Louis Mills Blvd Suite 525

Hazelwood, Miss. 63042

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Thursday, Feb. 10 – Chicago, Ill.

Regal City North Stadium 14

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Chicago, Ill. 60647

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Friday, Feb 11 - Pittsburgh, Pa.

Southside Works Cinema

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Sunday, Feb 13 – Philadelphia, Pa.

UA King Of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX

300 Goddard Blvd

King Of Prussia, Pa. 19406

(610) 337-0282


Wednesday, Feb 16 – Boston, Mass.

Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX

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Boston, Mass. 02215

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Thursday, Feb 17 – Dallas, Texas

UA Galaxy Stadium 10

11801 McCree Road

Dallas, Texas 75238

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Friday, Feb 18 – New York, N.Y.

Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX

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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #80 on: January 30, 2011, 11:40:40 AM »

The Amazing Race Game  :jam:

It was nice to hear the original TAR theme arraignment, down to the very last BOMP!
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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #81 on: January 30, 2011, 01:42:10 PM »
Thanks for the updates Banzai!

More on the Wii games can be found here:

http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,21057.0.html

And we are discussing The Ride here:
http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,18596.0.html

and the upcoming opening THEATER TOUR here:
http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,24625.0.html
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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #82 on: January 30, 2011, 07:08:45 PM »
Thanks Banzai!  :hearts:
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« Reply #83 on: February 01, 2011, 01:02:36 AM »
Survivor article that mentions RFF and the TAR spoilers:

http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,23348.msg587641.html#msg587641
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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #84 on: February 02, 2011, 04:38:44 PM »
Odds are some of us will have access to that information via our cable/satellite providers up to one or two days before that if last season is any guide. :)

Has anyone discovered the title of the premier yet?
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« Reply #85 on: February 02, 2011, 05:37:04 PM »
You'll know when someone does.
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« Reply #86 on: February 16, 2011, 07:53:04 AM »
HDTV Catches Up With The Amazing Race
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (February 16, 2011) -- The Amazing Race, the adventure-reality show, returns to CBS this Sunday after facing its most difficult obstacle -- High-Definition TV.

The show, which will begin its 18th season at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, will air in high-def for the first time. Philly.com reports that show host Phil Keoghan says viewers have been demanding the switch for some time.

"A lot of people have said to me, 'I just don't understand. If there's any show that lends itself to being in HD, it's 'The Amazing Race," Keoghan told the web site.

But Keoghan adds that filming in HD created a number of logistical problems during the 18th season.

"The thing that everybody has to understand is that shooting a show like Amazing Race...is nothing like shooting a show like American Idol," he told Philly.com. "If something breaks (on Idol), somebody gets on the phone and they call over to somebody in the Valley and within 30 minutes, there's a replacement.

"(But) we're in Bangladesh. It's not like you can just go down to the local TV station and pick up a piece of equipment that will necessarily be, say, HD...I've been working with HD since 2003 on all other projects...but none of them have had the same logistical challenges (as The Amazing Race.)"

Keoghan said this season, which has already been filmed, did not make significant changes to the storyline because of HD. But he acknowledges there had to be some "compromises."

"You don't sacrifice story, but you will sacrifice, or make compromises, with equipment," he said.

The show used Sony XDCAMs to record to Blu-ray high-def disc, the host said.

http://www.tvpredictions.com/amazing021611.htm
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« Reply #87 on: February 16, 2011, 12:01:56 PM »
By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang, Ap Entertainment Writer – 50 mins ago
LOS ANGELES – "The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan is glad he'll never be asked this question ever again: Why isn't the race broadcast in high definition?

After years of sticking to standard definition, CBS' around-the-world competition expands to HD for the first time Sunday with an "Unfinished Business" edition starring former contestants.

"For a long time, people have said to me that they couldn't believe we weren't in HD," said Keoghan. "For me, it was just very frustrating because I didn't disagree with them. I think if there's any show on prime-time network television that lends itself to HD, it's 'The Amazing Race.' It screams for HD, and it's been screaming for HD for a long time."

Several other reality TV shows have been broadcast in HD for years. (CBS' "Survivor" upgraded to HD in 2009.) After years of blaming the expense and challenge of using HD equipment on the road, "Amazing Race" producers made the change for the 18th season, promising crisp images of racers climbing a glacier in Switzerland and interacting with animals in China.


The switcheroo is striking in the premiere episode when 11 teams of veteran contestants who have never won the show's $1 million grand prize set off from a wind farm in Palm Springs, Calif., for sunny Sydney, Australia, where the challenges include diving into a murky shark tank and navigating a 16-foot skiff along the glistening Manly Cove.

"Visually, it will be a much richer show," promised executive producer Bertram van Munster. "We're glad that CBS gave us the greenlight to do this in HD. We didn't do so bad in the regular format. We won the Emmy for best reality television cinematography, but now we can go a little further with our new modern technology on those big beautiful flatscreens."

The move to HD didn't dictate this season's course, said van Munster, which

"I think one of the great aspects of this race is all the stark contrasts," said Keoghan. "For example, going from Varanasi to Zermatt, you've got this hot, colorful place in Asia then a very cold, snowy place in Europe. The teams that were racing through those countries were able to see the extreme differences, and we're able to show that off in HD."

Several game-changing twists return for the "Unfinished Business" edition. In the premiere, Keoghan informs the players that the last team to arrive on the mat will automatically face a U-turn, forcing the duo to perform both Detour challenges, while first-place finishers will receive the Express Pass, allowing a team to skip one task during the race.

On the first leg, alliances form when friends Justin Kanew and Zev Glassenberg give up a clue to struggling Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton and Herbert "Flight Time" Lang, the Harlem Globetrotters who competed with them on the 15th season, but Kanew dismisses 14th season vets Margie and Luke Adams, and Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal when they ask for help.

"We're very aware that five of these teams know each other from competing on the same season," said Kanew during an interview before the race began last November. "Zev and I have definitely talked about it. There might be a natural alliance with them, especially in the beginning before we get to know them. Luckily, none of those teams scare us."

Other racers from the 14th edition include sisters LaKisha and Jen Hoffman, engaged couple Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka, and father and son Mel and Mike White. Dating couple Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala and father and daughter Ron and Christina Hsu hail from the 12th season, while cowboy brothers Jet and Cord McCoy are the only team from the 16th season.

Gary and Mallory Erwin skipped their season finale party in New York to be able to run "The Amazing Race" back to back. The father and daughter duo from the 17th installment only had a few months of downtime before heading back around the globe. Mallory joked before the race began last year that she and her father "still had our bags packed."

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Re: TAR 18 Media
« Reply #88 on: February 16, 2011, 12:26:34 PM »
What a find, Peach! :hearts: :jumpy:
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« Reply #89 on: February 16, 2011, 01:02:21 PM »
Not mine...thanks to gl14 who found it! I just copied it over from the location thread!
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« Reply #90 on: February 16, 2011, 04:09:12 PM »
By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang, Ap Entertainment Writer –

In the premiere, Keoghan informs the players that the last team to arrive on the mat will automatically face a U-turn, forcing the duo to perform both Detour challenges, while first-place finishers will receive the Express Pass, allowing a team to skip one task during the race.
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This sounds like it must be for the NEL legs (or maybe just for the first TBC), otherwise, what sense does it make to send the last team back to do a detour when they are already last?

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« Reply #91 on: February 16, 2011, 05:28:43 PM »
Lots of posibilities........it could mean to do the U Turn, at the first detour they come too......
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« Reply #92 on: February 16, 2011, 05:58:34 PM »
Or it could be that they have to do the first Uturn they come to. Or like Joab was saying, they choose when to do it (although I like this idea I think it is less probable than one of the other two options.)

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what sense does it make to send the last team back to do a detour when they are already last?

I am sure they will not do that.

Sorry if we are going down a spec trail here.
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« Reply #93 on: February 17, 2011, 08:44:49 PM »
From ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12931037

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[...]In the premiere, Keoghan informs the players that the last team to arrive on the mat will automatically face a U-turn, forcing the duo to perform both Detour challenges, while first-place finishers will receive the Express Pass, allowing a team to skip one task during the race.[...]
The story so far:
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« Reply #94 on: February 18, 2011, 04:37:52 AM »
02/18/11 - 12:11 AM]
Interview: "The Amazing Race" Host Phil Keoghan
By Jim Halterman (TFC)

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While the challenge with any long-running series is to find a fresh, inventive angle for every new crop of episodes, CBS's reality competition series "The Amazing Race" looks to the past this time around for its 18th cycle. Subtitled 'Unfinished Business,' previous contestants from the past 17 seasons who came close to winning their respective race but failed for whatever reason come back for another try at winning a million dollars in the always exciting race around the world.

In Sunday night's 18th season premiere, the eleven familiar teams start in Palm Springs, California but don't stay Stateside long before they're heading to other parts of the world with U-turns, Speed Bumps, difficult challenges and, of course, each other getting in the way. Series host Phil Keoghan previewed the new season earlier this week for our Jim Halterman and shared just how much of an advantage the returning teams have, if he's still surprised at what unfolds on the Race and details on the just-released documentary of his momentous 2009 bike ride across the United States to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis research.

Jim Halterman: With so many great teams over the years, how did you ever decide who would come back for this 'Unfinished Business' season?

Phil Keoghan: I think the audience picked because they really told us who they liked the most through the feedback that we got on fan pages and websites and even the people that I get asked about the most. Then we picked in terms of the stories that we felt were strongest and related to the idea of 'unfinished business.' The teams that had stories that were the most captivating when it came to teams that had u-turns, teams that got lost, teams that came very close, teams that took the wrong pee-break and teams that were harboring a lot of regrets and woulda-coulda-shoulda in their experience from being on the Race so that's really how it came about.

JH: Do you feel that these teams had much of an advantage because they'd done it before? From what I've seen so far, you still see mistakes being made, the clashing of personalities, etc...

PK: I think it's definitely an advantage to have done the Race before so that puts them on equal footing but what it does is also increase the level of competition because now you're competing against teams that are more savvy so you can't afford to slip up. You really have to be on top of it. When you've got that many teams out there who have done it before and they know how everything works you really can't afford to make any mistakes at all.

JH: Any teams from the past you wanted to get for this season but didn't?

PK: I would have loved to have had the Home Shopping team (from Season 17) come back again but they weren't available. There were lots of teams that I would have loved to have come back. I would have loved to have another 10 teams! In the end, we had to make some pretty tough choices about who's going to come back and those teams couldn't wait to come back so we were very lucky.

JH: What's different this time around? Any new twists in the game?

PK: Right out of the gate, we added a challenge that shocked them and really had consequences not just in the first leg but the following leg. That was crucial and a key moment because you're now racing with some extra baggage with you. Also, rather than add new elements we made sure to amp [the existing elements] up and challenge them more since we knew they'd done it before. The challenges were pretty taxing and we heard from the teams. Some of them made it pretty clear that they thought this race was tougher and they didn't remember it being this hard the last time they were on.  I just said 'Listen, you want to come back and get a second chance we're not going to hand this out. Second chances don't come easy. If you want to be here and run against these other teams, you're going to have to work for it. This is 'The Amazing Race' and it will tax you.'

JH: I'd consider most of the returning teams as nice teams but do we see some villainous behavior come out in the course of this season?

PK: Yeah, I think that you've got a lot of great potential for that kind of behavior. Like with Ron, is he going to revert back to his old behavior when he ran the race [in Season 12] - he probably had one of the biggest personality transformations on the air ever - but is he going to revert back to his old ways now that he's in a race and under pressure? I think anytime you amp things up the way we have and you put people out on the road to race and they get closer and closer to the idea of winning the race you're definitely going to have tension and interesting strategies. As the race continues, there are a couple of teams that alienate themselves from the others because of their competitiveness and because of certain choices they made in terms of what information they wanted to share or not share so it's pretty intense and it gets more and more as the race goes on.

JH: You've been through this so many times, Phil, but were you surprised by anything you saw this season?

PK: I'm always surprised because I'm not very good at picking who's going to do well and I would venture to say pretty much everyone on the production team is the same. We're constantly surprised and I think that's one of the key ingredients for why the Race works is that the viewer never really has a chance to work out what's going to happen. It's not a predictable competition where you have a track record for a team or a particular player and you're able to anticipate who is going to do well. In this Race, the lead changed a lot, the key players changed a lot...it's definitely surprising and the eventual teams racing to the finish line at the end was an interesting mix as to how they got there. There are a lot of teams that went from right at the back to right to the front and that happened a lot. I would think 'There's no way they're going to make it now. The writing is on the wall for them' and then miraculously they'd come back fighting back again. I love that. I've never been good at predicting the race and I hope I never am. If I were ever able to pick [the winner] it would mean that something in the race wasn't working. There would be something missing if I could predict it.

JH: Do you think the ultimate winner is truly the best player or is it sometimes just a game of chance?

PK: No, I do think that every winner that we've had even back to Flo and Zack [in Season 3] when Paul was ready to give up on the last leg and then they ended up winning - I do think chance plays into it but I think in the end chance can only get you so far. The team that crosses the finish line first is absolutely the team that has been the most consistent as a team in terms of how they've tackled the navigation, the travel choices, the detour choices and how they've tackled new and interesting road blocks. Chance is absolutely a factor but ultimately you don't get to the finish line and win 'The Amazing Race' by chance.

JH: What makes a location an ideal location for this season? Is there a criteria a spot has to meet?

PK: Ultimately, the network signs off on the final route but I think it's always about where have we not been? What have we not done? What would be really interesting? And what's going to grab attention? The great thing about our show is the background is always different. You never see the same thing on the race. A lot of shows go back to the same set or the same type of environment - they're in a house or they're in a studio - and the backdrop doesn't change. The thing that's really exciting for me is that we're finally in HD. It's definitely going to add another layer to the show that I think will only draw more viewers because for a long time viewers have always said "'We love seeing the world through the lense of 'The Amazing Race'" and this time it's wider and it's more defined.

JH: The documentary of your ride across America in 2009 really shows what an amazing journey you had. How can people see "The Ride?"

PK: We've been working with Regal Cinemas around the country and they've been so incredibly generous. They gave us 10 theaters around the country and allowed us to provide 100% off the box office to MS. We sold out in LA and they automatically gave me a second theater and that sold out. We sold out in Denver and they gave me a bigger 450-seat theater. We sold out in every single location around the country. You can download it from the links that are on my website, www.NoOpportunityWasted.com or on ITunes and from Amazon. We're spreading the film out as much as we can. It was a labor of love and all self-funded and taken two years to complete and so far we've gotten some great feedback, which are also on the website. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, without a doubt.

 

Read more: Interview: "The Amazing Race" Host Phil Keoghan | TheFutonCritic.com http://thefutoncritic.com/interviews/2011/02/18/interview-the-amazing-race-host-phil-keoghan-702103/20110218_amazingrace/#ixzz1EIzTd86S
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« Reply #95 on: February 18, 2011, 05:13:29 AM »
Fan favorite also-rans come back to 'Race'
Friday, February 18, 2011
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


CBS's "The Amazing Race" returns this weekend (8 p.m. Sunday, KDKA-TV) for its first HD season and its second "all-star" edition, this time using the moniker "Unfinished Business" because none of the returning teams won the race in the past.

"It was a clever choice to go with teams that the audience has shown the most interest in, teams who have a woulda-coulda-shoulda attitude about their last experience on the race and to capitalize on that hunger and energy," said host/supervising producer Phil Keoghan in a phone interview earlier this week. "We didn't want this to be the same as 'All-Stars,' so I think it was a better choice to go for story over success."

Returning teams include "the cowboys" (brothers Jet and Cord McCoy from Ada, Okla.), sisters LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman, engaged couple Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka, former NFL cheerleaders Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal, Harlem Globetrotters players Nate Lofton and Herb Lang, "goth couple" Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala, and deaf motivational speaker Luke Adams and his mom, Margie.

Mr. Keoghan said his relationship with the teams is different in "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" because he has a history with them from past seasons.

"I have the knowledge of what they said the last time, things that were revealed to me when they were on the last time, and I can use that plus new information about what's transpired since the race began," he said. "It allows me to dig a little deeper."

He also gets to tease teams a little more easily, particularly when teams reach a pit stop in Sunday's season premiere that begins in Palm Springs, Calif., before racing to Sydney, Australia.

"There's a familiarity that allows me to tweak them even more because I know them and I can call them on things," Mr. Keoghan said. He said one of the most interesting stories this season will be to see if domineering dad Ron Hsu will go easier on his daughter, Christina, this time around.

"Has his behavior really changed since the last race or will he revert to his old pattern of behavior because of the pressure of the race?" Mr. Keoghan asked.


The show's casting directors came up with which past contestants were willing and available to return for another run on the show, and Mr. Keoghan credits CBS CEO Leslie Moonves for his involvement ("He has a phenomenal ability to pick talent; he's very hands on"). Mr. Keoghan got involved once potential teams were whittled down to about 25 and weighed in until the final 11 teams were chosen.

"There were a lot of teams I would like to have seen on, although I do think the teams we got are the best," he said. "I think if there's one other [past] team I would love to see again it's Brook and Claire," who were featured in last fall's edition and became infamous after Claire got hit in the face with a watermelon. Mr. Keoghan said they had prior commitments and could not participate this time. But he's pleased that the teams picked have strong backstories. "You can't beat Zev and Justin, who lost a passport, and Keisha and Jen, who took a bad pee break. These are the teams fans talk about the most, and they have unfinished business. They're all popular and all want a second chance."[/b

]Mr. Keoghan was in Pittsburgh last week to premiere "The Ride," a documentary film about his 2009 cross-country bike ride.

"It was very important for us to come to Pittsburgh and we specifically came because of the support GNC, a local Pittsburgh company, has given us," he said, adding that the screening at SouthSide Works was "absolutely packed."

The film can be seen online with a link to its Amazon rental/purchase page through Mr. Keoghan's NoOpportunityWasted.com website.

"Most of my career I've made television, and this is my first time involved in making something for the big screen," he said. "It's quite exhilarating."



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« Reply #96 on: February 18, 2011, 07:11:19 PM »
http://www.goldderby.com/television/news/1163/can-losing-contestants-win-the-amazing-race-an-eighth-emmy.html

Can losing contestants win 'The Amazing Race' an eighth Emmy?

Last year, the seven-year winning streak of "The Amazing Race" at the Emmy Awards was halted when "Top Chef" won Best Reality Competition Series. That this CBS staple lost was a surprise in itself but that it was not beaten by ratings powerhouse "American Idol" came as the real shocker.  That hugely popular talent show had never won this award but was thought to have its strongest entry ever with the season finale that included a surprisingly touching tribute to departing judge Simon Cowell.
For its 18th edition which begins Sunday, "The Amazing Race" is bringing back 11 teams that fell short of the finish line. Dubbing the season "Unfinished Business," executive producer Bertram van Munster explained to Craig Tomashoff of TV Guide, "We're giving people a second chance. It's the American way."
All of the returning teams made costly errors along the route and are looking for redemption. When it came to deciding which of the also-rans to include, producers only went back as far as the 12th installment  in 2007 so as not to make it too difficult for viewers to remember them. Five of the teams hail from the 14th cycle including ultra-competitive mother and son Margie and Luke Adams, sisters Jen and LaKisha Hoffman whose bathroom break cost them a place in the final three, and actor/director Mike White and his father Mel.
I really wish we could stay longer in the countries we visit, but I've been lucky to have visited most of them before, because I've done a tremendous amount of travel. - Phil Keoghan

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« Reply #97 on: February 18, 2011, 08:54:19 PM »
Amazing Race: Phil Keoghan Explains Why These 11 Teams Have Unfinished Business

Feb 18, 2011 01:07 PM ET
by Joyce Eng

It's time to hit the road again on The Amazing Race — with plenty of familiar faces. The CBS reality hit returns Sunday with 11 veteran teams who had never won before to settle, as the season's subtitle says, some Unfinished Business.

"These are teams that have been so incredibly popular that it was an opportunity to bring back some favorite teams that have favorite stories," host Phil Keoghan tells TVGuide.com. "They're teams that have really been walking around with the 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' ever since they got kicked off. It's like, enough moaning; come back and give it another shot and no more excuses."

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But casting Unfinished Business — the show's second all-star outing after Season 11 — was as hard as designing the Race itself. For one, Season 13 wound up not being represented at all, even though fan favorites Toni and Dallas, who lost their passports, seemed like shoo-ins. "It really comes down to whether you think that story of theirs is really stronger than that of anyone we've got," Keoghan says. "There are a lot of other teams, but I feel pretty confident that the teams we've got have the best stories and the best motivation for coming back."

So why are these 11 also-rans the cream of the crop? Keoghan explains the show's picks below.

Ronald and Christina — Season 12, 2nd place
Last we saw them: Christina got stuck on the final memory task, costing them the lead and the chance to become the first parent-child team winners.
Why they deserve a second chance: Many remember Ron's explosive personality and constant belittling of his daughter, which he toned down as Season 12 winded up. "Ron, in my opinion, probably went through the biggest transformation on the Race," Keoghan says. "He was quite humbled by the experience. You dream for transformation in a character. But how much residual behavior is still left? I was interested to see what would happen when they're under pressure again. You'll see, under pressure, some of those old traits come to the surface again. Then, it's how do they move forward? Did they learn from the past?"

Kent and Vyxin — Season 12, 5th place
Last we saw them: Already handicapped with a Speed Bump, they unwisely U-Turned a team that was in front of them in India, rendering it void.
Why they deserve a second chance: Well, they're pink Goths! "People always ask what they need to do to get on The Amazing Race. I always use Kent and Vyxin as an example," Keoghan says. "They epitomized what we're looking for, but they illustrate we don't know what we're looking for. Their personalities are also the antithesis of what you'd expect to come from people who dress as Goths." Keoghan also has a special connection with them: Kent's dad recently died from multiple sclerosis, and the couple came out for Keoghan on his bicycle ride across the United States in support of MS. Keoghan's journey is documented in his new film, The Ride, which features Kent, Vyxin and his dad. "They love the idea that their dad lives on in the film. A huge part of it was for them to run the Race again in memory of him."

Margie and Luke — Season 14, 3rd place
Last we saw them: Die-hard Race fan Luke couldn't identify two surfboard photos on the final memory task, preventing him from being the first deaf winner.
Why they deserve a second chance: "Luke's one of those characters that people love or hate, and that makes for good TV. He's vindictive and will do whatever it takes to win," Keoghan says, referring to the mother-son duo's ruthless tactics in Season 14. And of course, he has another chance to make history as the show's first deaf winner. "I always wonder if their communication is stronger because they pay attention to each other. They won the first leg in Season 14 and that was a wake-up call to everyone else."

Amanda and Kris — Season 14, 8th place
Last we saw them: They fell victim to Margie and Luke's blind U-Turn, which stung even more because Amanda claims Margie told them she and Luke wouldn't U-Turn anyone.
Why they deserve a second chance: The couple, now engaged, gets to face off with their nemeses again. "Kris admitted that he's extremely competitive," Keoghan says. "Young couples are interesting to watch because they're usually not that worldly. It's like watching kids trying to be grown-ups. You're going to see that right out of the gate." Speaking of right out of the gate, Keoghan promises twists on game elements to keep everyone on their toes — the first of which comes at the Pit Start. "They're back for a second time and we don't want them to ever feel like they know what's going to happen."

LaKisha and Jen — Season 14, 4th place
Last we saw them: They took an ill-timed bathroom break just steps away from the Pit Stop.
Why they deserve a second chance: Pee break aside, the sisters' other notorious moment was a meltdown over a water task because neither of them could swim. "They were interesting because they're two strong, athletic women and you find out they can't swim. Then you realize they're really vulnerable and they looked like two little girls there," Keoghan says. So have they learned to swim since — and is there another water task? "You know there's always going to be air, land and sea in whatever we get them to do. Let's just say if they're smart, they would've come back with a few more tricks."

Mel and Mike — Season 14, 6th place
Last we saw them: A cabbie erroneously drove them to a beach in Thailand in search of a gorilla statue, when it was in fact at the zoo.
Why they deserve a second chance: Because age is just a number. "Mel's 70. He's one of the oldest team members ever, but he's a fit 70," Keoghan says. "Age is never a measure of people's ability. There are plenty of young people who are not fit." And unlike a lot of parent-child relationships seen on the Race, this one is void of any drama. "It's a wonderful relationship. Mike almost fathers his father. You'll see a lot of that for sure."

Jaime and Cara — Season 14, 2nd place
Last we saw them: They suffered some bad taxi luck when their cabbie got lost and stopped for gas in the finale, foiling their goal to become the show's first all-female winners (Season 17's Nat and Kat have since accomplished that feat.)
Why they deserve a second chance: Every show needs a villain. With their competitive and aggressive attitudes, the former NFL cheerleaders earned a "mean girls" label. "Jaime, man, you do not want to get in a fight with her!" Keoghan says. "She is feisty. She tells it like it is and she has no qualms about it." And with Race airing in high-definition for the first time, the ladies can show off the hair that matches their fiery 'tude. "The hair this year is flaming! These redheads are back," Keoghan says. "Let me tell you, that HD really brings out the red. There might be a lot of orders for that color."

Justin and Zev — Season 15, 9th place
Last we saw them: The best buddies were eliminated when Justin discovered he lost Zev's passport — after they arrived first at the Pit Stop.
Why they deserve a second chance: "It was so sad when they got eliminated," Keoghan says. "They were just unlucky. They're a team that definitely deserved a second chance because they're strong enough to win. There's no doubt about it. They were definitely more calculated this time. They come out the gate strong."

Flight Time and Big Easy — Season 15, 4th place
Last we saw them: The Harlem Globetrotters opted to incur a four-hour penalty after Big Easy gave up on unscrambling... "Franz."
Why they deserve a second chance: Who doesn't want to redeem themselves after that? "Everyone knows they're strong Racers. [Taking the penalty] was a bad choice, but I also don't know if Big Easy was ever going to unscramble it," Keoghan says. "It's hard for people to understand what's happening to teams — their brains are fried at that point. I think even the choice to take the penalty wasn't done with a lot of thought." And it forced Keoghan to sleep on the street on a mat. "They kept me waiting at the Pit Stop all night. I saw the sun set; I saw the sun rise. As soon as I saw them [this season], I said, 'Don't keep me waiting on the mat again!'"

Jet and Cord — Season 16, 2nd place
Last we saw them: Eventual winners Dan and Jordan cut in front of them at the airport and then pulled further ahead when they moved up to first class.
Why they deserve a second chance: As Keoghan says, the cowboys/brothers were the "obvious choice" to return, given their popularity, aw-shucks-ness and never-say-die attitude. "They struck a chord, no pun intended. Actually, I did intend it!" Keoghan jokes. "I think they represent something that is so Americana and so warm. You watch them and go, 'Man, I wouldn't mind going and having a beer with those guys.' They're just down-to-earth. My favorite part of them was that they always had the cowboy hats on. Bungee-jumping with the hats on? C'mon! I have only good things to say about them."

Gary and Mallory — Season 17, 6th place
Last we saw them: They drove around for nine hours in Oman, thanks to an imprecise map.
Why they deserve a second chance: "I just don't think we could've done this without their story," Keoghan says of the perky Miss Kentucky 2009 and her MacGyver-like dad, who filmed two seasons in one calendar year. "You wait until you see Mallory on this first leg — some of the lines she comes up with. She is just a bundle of energy. She really does exemplify why I love Racers who come on and really embrace the opportunity. I got a huge kick of seeing her on the show. And Gary can do anything! It's such a cool connection they have. It's so grassroots."


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« Reply #98 on: February 18, 2011, 09:11:31 PM »
From The Hollywood Reporter via Reuters http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110219/tv_nm/us_television_amazingrace

TV Review: "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business"

By Marisa Guthrie Marisa Guthrie – 45 mins ago

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – As CBS' "Amazing Race" heads into its 18th season - this time returning teams from previous seasons back for some "Unfinished Business" - reasons for the show's enduring popularity are on full display. Part travelogue, part social experiment, "Amazing Race" has always risen above the fetid dysfunction that plagues the reality genre. (This is a big part of why the show has seven Emmys.) Sure, there is a measure of predictability to the "Amazing Race" by now: someone will recount a story of overcoming adversity while cheesy inspirational music plays in the background; by episode two at least one team will have a blow-out fight; eye-roll inducing product placement (".... climb into one of the Ford Focus cars waiting for you...," host Phil Keoghan says helpfully in the opening minutes of episode one).

But the show works because it's about something: a test of wit and brawn and teamwork coupled with stunning video that will be broadcast for the first time in HD. (It's about time, if ever there was a show that cried out for the stunning clarity of HD it's "The Amazing Race." And now the producers will get their money's worth for all of those expensive aerial shots.)

This time the show enlists losers from season's past for a second chance at the show's $1 million prize money. Repeat performances are nothing new for reality competition shows. ("Race" mounted an All-Stars edition in 2007.) But it does give fans someone to root for - or against. And many fan favorites are back including "cowboys" Jet and Cord McCoy (season 16), sisters LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman (season 14), Gary Ervin and his daughter Mallory, Miss Kentucky and Miss America runner-up (season 17); erstwhile NFL cheerleaders Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal (season 14); "goth couple" Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala (season 12); Margie Adams and her son Luke, who is hearing impaired; and Harlem Globetrotters Nate "Big Easy" Lofton and Herb "Flight Time" Lang (season 12), among others.

The race begins in the Palm Springs, CA wind farm and hop scotches to Sydney, Australia where teams have to swim with real sharks; tiny Lichtenstein, where they must measure the length of the country on motorized bicycles; and Tokyo, Japan where they endure the freezing waters from Mount Fuji as part of a spiritual retreat.

As usual, the cross-continent "Race" is part popularity contest, part behavior lab and adrenaline will build as the race progresses and team members and contestants increasingly wear on each other's nerves. In the first installment, best friends Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew (season 12) telegraph their affinity for Big Easy and Flight Time by sporting Harlem Globetrotter T-shirts. (Big Easy and Flight Time are clad head-to-toe in Globetrotter regalia.) So when the duo falls behind, Glassenberg and Kanew give them an answer to a riddle in order to advance to the next clue. Other teams also help one another, but no one helps the cowboys, who are left to solve the riddle on their own, sweat accumulating on brows furrowed underneath ten-gallon hats. If it's a bit predictable that's a small quibble for a reality show that doesn't make you feel like you need a Silkwood shower. And that's the secret to ,Amazing Race's, success; its escapist fun with a relatable hook. It's your summer camp scavenger hunt with a multi-million dollar budget. Who doesn't watch this show and think, I could easily win the $1 million booty if only I could take a couple months off of work?

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EXCLUSIVE!
Phil Keoghan Talks The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' "Sneaky" Teams
by Drusilla Moorhouse

 
 It's a good thing The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business contestants don't have to compete against their host, Phil Keoghan. Even though they've all raced before, he would surely beat them all and win the million-dollar prize himself. Why? Because he's a badass. Phil just rode across America to raise money for MS—his bicycle journey from Los Angeles to New York City is documented in a new feature film, The Ride. Phil took time out of his movie premiere tour to dish on this season's familiar faces, what new challenges we can expect, and who he'd pick as his partner if he were competing in The Amazing Race:


Q&A with The Amazing Race Phil Keogan

Congratulations on your successful ride across America, and the new film!
Well, thank you! It's been a real adventure up to this point.

Now that you have ridden your bike across a continent enduring all kinds of weather and a nasty crash, are you more critical of the racers who whine or give up?
There have been occasions on the race where I have been frustrated with teams that, I feel, have lacked a real go-get-'em attitude and are a little soft sometimes. There have been times on TAR where I have absolutely been frustrated with some of them, and I told them so. I've said getting on this race and having the opportunity to be on this race is a privilege and don't waste it. The Unfinished Business teams are a different lot. They're hungrier than any teams we have already had collectively, because they are all coming back to prove something.

This new season has brought some very feisty, competitive people who are a little bitter about what happened the last time out and have something to prove. How did you select which teams would return this season?
We decided that we would let teams come back for a second chance who had unfinished business—like teams that took a bad pee break, were U-turned, made bad decisions, had mental breakdowns in challenges. Teams that came very, very close but didn't quite make it. [Unfinished Business] gives them a chance to redeem themselves.

Who is the villain this season?
Ah-ha! Well, who would you think it would be looking at the lineup? Well, there was a lot of conflict between Luke and the other girls.... Margie and Luke had a bit of an issue with Kisha and Jen [the "potty stoppers"] in China. Jamie and Cara are a team that take no prisoners—they're a pretty strong, robust team. Kent and Vyxsin are also no pushovers. They're pretty sneaky! I assure you that there is tension and a little bit of jostling for power. I think I can leave it to your judgment as to who those teams are. There's always going to be tension, and I will leave it to you to whether to classify if the behavior is villainous. There's certainly lots of tension.


Who has changed the most since they first played?
Ron was probably the one going through the biggest transformation, when he played with [his daughter] Christina—their relationship really did have quite an arc change—there was quite a transformation that took place. The question is will he revert back to his old ways or has he genuinely changed—changed for the good?

Who has inspired you the most?
The Globetrotters [Herb "Flight Time" Lang & Nate "Big Easy" Lofton] are the team that I would probably say of everybody there is the most inspirational. There are so many teams that have great energy, [but] the Globetrotters are sharing a lot of positive energy with their performance, with their work with the Harlem Globetrotters. I know they have inspired a lot of young people because I saw it during their shows. People are also inspired by Luke and his ability to take on this challenge as a deaf person. I also think you have to look at Mike and his father, Mel, a 70-year-old guy going out and racing. You got to look at Zev and Justin—what I love about Zev is he says it like it is. There's no filter, and that's what I love about him.


Any new twists, like the express pass offered in the first leg of last season?
I'll just say this: Right out of the gate, they are tested to the max. They're definitely caught off-guard right from the beginning. There are teams that are coming right back, and we want to make sure that they don't take anything for granted, and that they make sure to know how everything works. Our idea was to really shock them right at the starting line, and I think we did that effectively. There are a couple of changes to the way things work. I think you'll be entertained by it all. What I can reveal is they have to get straight on a flight to Sydney. What you will see will be a lot of interesting dynamics because all of these teams know of each other. We are going to Sydney and Tokyo. There is a very spiritual ritual that takes place in Japan that is quite outrageous—really, two challenges there that are quite outrageous. One in particular that has chilling consequences, we'll just say it that way.

Are there any of the dreaded eating challenges this season?

Off the top of my head, I can't remember an eating challenge.

If you were doing the race, who would you pick as your partner?
I would say my dad. He's very smart, he's fit. We get along very well, and it would be fun to hang out with him.
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