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.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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