Amazing Race, Survivor return in February

CBS’ standby reality shows will both return the same week in February.

That’s unsurprising only for The Amazing Race, which was going to move to a once per year schedule as of last fall, and was on track to do that, since season 12 ended last January and season 13 debuted this fall. (That’s the first time the show aired just once in a TV season since The Amazing Race 5 in 2004, the only season that aired by itself in a year.)

Now, though, we’re back to two seasons a year. The Amazing Race 14 will debut Feb. 15 at 8, airing in the same drive-me-insane timeslot on Sundays that it always occupies. The show started taping in early November.

Survivor will return like it always does in mid-February, debuting Feb. 12 and airing Thursdays at 8 as usual. That will be the start of its 18th season, whose location and name will be announced during the Dec. 14 Survivor Gabon to those people who suck at deduction.

CBS Announces Mid-Season Programming Plans [CBS press release]

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Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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