Amazing Race 8 gets a premiere date

Despite past cast member Hera’s prediction that The Amazing Race 8 would be “canned,” the family edition of the show will apparently make it to the air. At least, that’s the plan. CBS gave it a premiere date today: Tuesday, Sept. 27. That’s when the two-hour first episode will air.

A press release says little else about the show, except to ensure us that it will be a family edition with teams of four. Here’s the text in its entirety:

The eighth edition of the Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE returns with the first-ever “family edition” featuring teams of four instead of two, in a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT),…

CBS Announces 2005-2006 Season Premiere Dates [CBS press release]

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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