Amazing Race 15 will eliminate one team at the start, introduces Switchback twist

CBS revealed the cast of The Amazing Race 15 today, and also several twists, including one that will leave one of the 12 teams behind at the start line–something predicted by people who photographed the race’s start in the Los Angeles River.

In a first for the series, one team will go “home before they leave the starting line,” according to CBS’ announcement. Also new: the Switchback task, “which sends Teams back to the site of one of the series’ most infamous Roadblock.” In other words, the show is bringing back past challenges.

Eight of the 12 new teams consist of people in their 20s with a few in their early 30s, and include the three quasi-celebrity teams who were identified in July, including two Harlem Globetrotters, two pro poker players, and a former Miss America.

Among the other teams are a pair of best friends, one of whom as Asperger’s syndrome; two gay brothers; and Mika Combs, a singer who was on Fox’s cancelled docusoap Nashville.

Meet the teams on new season of ‘The Amazing Race’ [AP]

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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