Phil Keoghan’s bike trip film airs the day before Rachel, Brendon infect Amazing Race’s 20th season

The Amazing Race debuts its 20th season on Sunday, with obnoxious Big Brother cast members Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas among the teams racing for $1 million. This trailer makes me excited to watch again, while the commercials CBS has airing with Rachel crying are the reason why I have not yet scheduled it to record on my DVR.

The day before, on Saturday, Showtime will debut host Phil Keoghan’s documentary The Ride at 8 p.m. ET. The film, which was in theaters last year, follows Phil’s 2009 bike trip across America for multiple reasons, including to raise money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

If you don’t have Showtime, rent or watch on Amazon or download or rent it from iTunes. Here’s Showtime’s trailer:

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

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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