Travel Channel will air Amazing Race 12, 13, and (maybe) 14

The Amazing Race 13 debuts on CBS at the end of September, but at the beginning of the month, the Travel Channel will begin broadcasting season 12 of the show in prime-time on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The cable network has also acquired the rights to season 13 and, if it’s produced, the 14th season. Previously, GSN rebroadcast the show starting in 2005, while the Fox Reality Channel is currently re-broadcasting the 11th and all-stars season, having started with the ninth season earlier this year.

In a statement, Travel Channel president Patrick Younge said the show “is simply the best travel reality format in the world” and “an iconic American television series that really taps into what exploration is all about — not only the incredible riches that the world has to offer travelers — but the incredible transformative powers that travel brings about in people.”

He neglects to mention that travel–and competition for $1 million–sometimes brings about incredibly asswipish powers in people, too.

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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