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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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