Amazing Race 8 still in North America

The Amazing Race 8 hasn’t wandered very far away yet–perhaps because it is the family edition, and could feature cast members as young as 8 years old.

After the race showed up in New Jersey last week, and then in Alabama on Monday, reality blurred received a report that their next stop might be in Canada. Specifically, a reader spotted some race paraphernalia in Vancouver. The details:

I spotted an Amazing Race envelope station in downtown Vancouver (Canada) yesterday. Unsure when contestants were scheduled to ‘visit’ but the box was secured to a lamppost and padlocked. Specifically, it was near the steam clock in historic Gastown on Water Street.

Update, another Canadian reader reports that this isn’t for the CBS show, but a knock-off:

the box that is set up in gastown in Vancouver has nothing to do with the popular show but is part of a program called canadian outback and they offer a program for company outings called amazing race!

They do indeed: Here’s Canadian Outback’s Amazing Race. They also do a Survivor outing.

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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