Big Brother’s Rachel and Brendon on Amazing Race

Big Brother winner Rachel Reilly and her fiancee Brendon Villegas are among the cast members on The Amazing Race 20, which started taping this weekend. This will be the third season of a CBS reality show the couple has been on in less than 18 months.

The source of this distressing news are a few photos taken at LAX Saturday night that were posted to Twitter. The people who are apparently Brendon and Rachel were photographed from behind on the concourse and from the side whole waiting at a gate (they’re on the right, both wearing black baseball caps; Brendon has a teal shirt and black track pants, and Rachel is wearing all black).

That sighting is confirmed by both fans at LAX and by the moderator of the reliable TAR-stalking site Reality Fan Forum, which is working to identify teams and tracking the race in real time. (The site’s moderator had a cameo this season because of a contestant’s lost passport.)

This follows the casting of Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd on season 16 of the race, and Survivor winners and awesome people Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca for season 19.

If this is accurate, and all signs point to it being true, this does officially confirm that CBS and the producers of its reality shows are nearly bankrupt in terms of creative ideas and also so incurably insecure they think that bringing back former cast members will cause us to tune in–instead of, say, fixing broken formats or trying new things, which at least Survivor will do next season with its intriguing new twist.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.