Phil Keoghan thought TAR 8 sucked; CBS exec says the season wasn’t “particularly successful”

Last season of The Amazing Race, we all know, pretty much sucked harder than something that sucks really hard. As it turns out, one of the people involved with the show agrees with fans who disliked the family season, which basically stayed inside the continental United States for most of the race.

Host Phil Keoghan told TV critics yesterday, “For me the race is really about faces and places, and I felt if you take the places away, you do lose something.”

Phil also noted that “starting the show by saying, ‘Teams must now travel 8,000 miles to South Africa,’ is always going to beat saying, ‘Teams must now travel eight blocks,'” according to the Edmonton Sun’s account of his appearance.

A CBS exec agrees that the season didn’t work, but doesn’t apologize for it. “We tried something; I don’t think we were particularly successful with it, but the interesting thing is sometimes you get criticized for not experimenting with a form. In this case we did. Our producers wanted to try something different, and we supported that,” CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said.

Fixing CBS’s ‘Race’ [Toledo Blade]
True Survivor [The Edmonton Sun via TV tattle]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.