The Amazing Race 5 cast announced.

The Amazing Race 5 cast announced.
Now that it’s definitely debuting early in July, CBS has announced the cast for The Amazing Race 5. The 11 couples include the one couple we already, sadly, knew about: obnoxious Big Brother 4 runner-up Alison and her boyfriend Donny. The other teams include widowers who lost partners to cancer and met online, Miss Texas and her boyfriend, identical twins, and Syrian first cousins. (Video of the contestants aired on the Early Show.) There is only one male/male team, and only three female/female teams, and all but one of the male/female teams consist of dating or married couples.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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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