The Amazing Race 6 debuts tonight.

The Amazing Race 6 debuts tonight.
Summer’s reality success story comes to Tuesday nights during sweeps this evening as The Amazing Race 6 debuts with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET. Host Phil Keoghan tells TV Guide that, this season, “[t]here’s a slight alteration to one of the rules, which has quite a dramatic impact. I’m not going to tell you what it is because it’s nicely revealed in the series, but we’ve been looking at different ways to tweak the show and make it more challenging.” He also says that fans’ obsession with the series will play out on screen this year, as “[t]here’s one guy this season, Jonathan, who is a huge race fan and knows everything about the show.” Jonathan is “the loudest contestant we’ve ever had on the show” and that contributes to way “the race gets more intense every single time.” The show takes the 11 teams a different path this year, starting in Chicago and heading into colder climates. Even though the series is in its sixth season, it’s narrowly escaped cancellation before, and only now is getting media attention. The Chicago Tribune reports that Sarah Jessica Parker once pleaded with CBS chief Leslie Moonves to keep the show on the air. Phil tells the paper that the summer season helped because “when people turned up, they got to see us at our best.” The New York Times also reports on the series’ growth, suggesting that it was because of “[t]he cumulative effect of a hard-core fan base, years of effusive reviews …, back-to-back Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2004 for best reality program, and a particularly appealing cast of competitors all came together to bolster the show’s ratings, particularly among the younger viewers prized by the networks.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.