TAR producer: “now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is.”

TAR producer: “now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is.”
The executive producer and creator of The Amazing Race 5 is baffled by the success of this season: “We always had a steady 8 million viewers, and all the sudden we’ve broken through, and I have no idea why, to tell you the truth. We’ve done five [editions of the show], I’ve produced 65 hours of television, and now all of the sudden everyone realizes how good it is,” Bertram van Munster tells the Chicago Tribune. He cites the show’s die-hard fans as one reason for its enduring success, but also says that, despite rumors, it never was at risk: “CBS has never given me the idea that the show wouldn’t come back. Never ever.” The Trib gives part of the credit for this season’s success to Charla Faddoul, who recently told van Munster, “Bertram, I don’t know what’s happening. People are screaming down the street, ‘There she is; there she is!’ I can’t go to the market anymore–I get crowded by people who want my autograph.”

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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