CBS web site mistakenly shows two eliminated Amazing Race 8 families

On Tuesday’s episode of The Amazing Race 8, the Paolo family was eliminated. But according to CBS’ web site, two families were eliminated.

That other family (stop reading now if you don’t want to know) was the Bransen family, whose picture on the Teams page was tinted and marked with an X. Oddly, it wasn’t just that someone uploaded the wrong photo; five team pictures are actually part of one big image, which, in the incorrect version, had been edited to show only three remaining teams.

An alert reader pointed this out to me yesterday, but CBS fixed the error within minutes. Luckily, at least one blogger grabbed screencaps. With thanks to blogger Alisa, Just Jared has posted an image showing the screwed up results page.

CBS botches up Bransen family [Just Jared]
Amazing Race 8 Teams [CBS]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.