“Grueling” Amazing Race 14’s cast includes a deaf man, an actor/screenwriter, and stuntmen

The cast of The Amazing Race 14 has been revealed by CBS, which says they will run “one of the most grueling courses ever assembled on the Race — spanning 40,000 miles and nine countries in just 22 days.” It includes “a multitude of extremes” in the form of challenges and locations, including first-time visits to Siberia and Romania.

The cast has its first-ever deaf contestant, Luke Adams, a 23-year-old college graduate who’s running the race with his 51-year-old mother Margie Adams. It also includes a few Hollywood connected, slightly famous people: actor, writer, and producer Mike White and his gay father Mel White, and stuntmen brothers Mark and Michael Munoz.

Besides them, the cast includes typical pairs, like dating couples and a husband and wife who don’t “always see eye-to-eye,” but also includes a team of former NFL cheerleaders and two friends who met when they were flight attendants for Southwest.

“Heading into our 14th season, I wanted to pull out all the stops. We have extreme climates, intense roadblocks and less time in airports, which adds up to an exhausting course for the Racers. Whether you’re a screen writer, a Harvard graduate, a jockey or a carpenter, this Race will test your stamina, your heart and your will to win,” executive producer Bertram van Munster said in the network’s press release.

Amazing Race 14 cast [CBS]
CBS Announces the 11 Teams for the 14th Installment… [CBS press release]

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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