The Amazing Race 7 debuts tonight.

The Amazing Race 7 debuts tonight.
Just weeks after the sixth race concluded, CBS debuts The Amazing Race 7 tonight at 9 p.m. ET with a two-hour premiere. Already this season is nearly entirely about Survivor‘s Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich, who will be one of 11 teams competing. Phil says that their presence, which will hopefully last as long as Alison and Donny’s, “stirred up a new kind of emotion in rival teams. This time I was feeling tense watching it, because I could feel the competitiveness of these teams. I’d be threatened too.” Phil tells TVGuide.com that married couple Uchenna and Joyce are “there because they want to win the money and use it to have a child,” and says that “Boyfriends Lynn and Alex are one of the funniest teams we’ve ever had on the show.” He adds that this is his new favorite season (previously, it was The Amazing Race 6), and hints about new changes: for example, “teams that come in last place will face new consequences that we haven’t seen before.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


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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