Amazing Race 16 teams announced

CBS has officially revealed the teams for The Amazing Race 16, even though most of them–like Big Brother‘s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd and the rambling Miss Teen USA contestant–were easily identified last month.

The 11 teams include cowboys, undercover detectives, a lesbian couple, and–for the first time ever in reality TV history–dating models! Where did they find those rare specimens?

Here are the teams, according to CBS’ release, followed by a video introducing them:

Caite Upton, 20, Lexington, S.C., Model/Actress and Brent Horne, 28, Columbia, S.C., Model/Advertising (Dating/Models)

Louis Stravato, 47, Providence, R.I., Undercover Detective and Michael Naylor, 45, Providence, R.I., Undercover Detective (Detectives)

Steve Smith, 57, Encinitas, Calif., Professional Baseball Coach/World Series Champion Coach and Allie Smith, 23, Encinitas, Calif., Marketing (Father/Daughter)

Jeff Schroeder, 31, Norridge, Ill., Salesman and Jordan Lloyd, 22, Charlotte, N.C., Receptionist (Newly Dating)

Monique Pryor, 39, West Orange, N.J., Attorney and Shawne Morgan, 39, Bowie, Md., Attorney (Moms/Attorneys)

Jet McCoy, 30, Ada, Okla., Cowboy and Cord McCoy, 29, Tupelo, Okla., Pro Bull Rider (Brothers/Cowboys)

Adrian Davis, 40, Arlington, Texas, Medical Sales and Dana Davis, 39, Arlington, Texas, Market Manager (High School Sweethearts/Married)

Jody Kelly, 71, Round Rock, Texas, Personal Trainer and Shannon Foster, 22, Georgetown, Texas, Healthcare Outreach Contract Analyst (Grandmother/Granddaughter)

Carol Rosenfeld, 47, Los Angeles, Calif., Consultant and Brandy Snow, 40, Los Angeles, Calif., Actress and Voice Over Artist (Dating

Dan Pious, 24, Barrington, R.I., Financial Advisor and Jordan Pious, 22, Barrington, R.I., Strategic Consultant (Brothers)

Joe Wang, 42, El Segundo, Calif., Software Salesman and Heidi Wang, 37, El Segundo, Calif., Stay-at-Home Mom (Married)

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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