Family Amazing Race teams revealed

The cast of The Amazing Race 8, the family edition, has been unveiled today. There are just 10 teams racing. As USA TODAY points out, those teams include “two groups of grown-up siblings, a dad with three sons-in-law and a widow with her three teenage kids.” However, “half of the teams have at least one contestant younger than 18, and one Virginia family includes brothers ages 11 and 8.”

Casting director Lynne Spillman, who also casts Survivor, says she “was scared” about the concept. “But it was so much better than I ever thought. The people we ended up with were pretty adventurous and excited. From the kids’ point of view, they were ready for anything.”

As for rumors of the race being “softened”, they are true. The race travelied just 30,000 miles, less than half of the distance covered by other seasons. And along with “fewer non-elimination episodes,” “more family-friendly, less-crowded locales were chosen,” USA TODAY reports.

But creator Bertram van Munster says we shouldn’t hang ourselves yet. He says the challenges and game elements like the yield “are more effective and more frustrating to people than (they’ve) ever been.”

Families compete in new ‘Amazing Race [USA TODAY]
The Amazing Race 8 [CBS]

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Frankie on Big Brother

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Shark Tank

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