The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight.

The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight.
Twelve teams of two begin their race around the world for $1 million as The Amazing Race 4 debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a 90-minute premiere. For the first time, the show won’t be up against heavy time-slot competition as it takes over Survivor‘s position, airing opposite repeats on NBC. The show’s creator and producer, Bertram van Munster, talks to TV Guide about the show, discussing the race’s logistics (each location takes two weeks to prep) and why it took so long for this season to air (“I have no control over the programming of the show”). The Star Ledger discusses the show’s evolution, saying it’s “an even better drama than it is a travelogue.” Critics have mixed reactions to the new season: The St. Louis Post says it’s “breathlessly exciting” while The Beacon Journal says the show “seems a bit more gimmicky than its predecessors.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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