Amazing Race 5 adds new game twists and Big Brother 4 cast member.

Amazing Race 5 adds new game twists and Big Brother 4 cast member Alison.
CBS has made an odd decision to merge its trashiest reality TV series, Big Brother, with its classiest, The Amazing Race. The two shows will premiere together on July 6 at 8 p.m. ET. They’ll air weekly at 9 and 10 p.m. respectively, with Big Brother 5 also airing two other nights every week. CBS’ scheduler tells Variety that “having an established brand like ‘Big Brother’ leading into ‘Amazing Race’ can really help us get the show even more exposure with younger viewers.” Another way they’ll try to draw viewers of that show into The Amazing Race 5 is by adding Big Brother 4 runner-up Alison Irwin and her boyfriend to the cast. Alison is the delightful woman who called cast member Robert a “Cuban faggot” and said she planned to vote him out by saying, “I vote to evict your sorry motherfucking Cuban ass out”–although CBS neglected to include any of that footage on the live broadcast. The Amazing Race 5 will also include two other new twists: “yields” that allow teams to slow down a team that’s behind them, and a provision that causes last-place teams to lose all of their money during nonelimination legs.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

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

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