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 Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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