The Amazing Race: now with 10 more minutes of delay

The football game delays that delay CBS’ Sunday evening prime-time shows and cause fans of The Amazing Race to freak out are only going to get worse. That’s because many games will start 10 minutes later.

Doubleheader games–40 in all–will start at 4:25 instead of 4:15. (Non-doubleheader games start at 4:05.) That’s to “reduce instances in which fans miss the end of a 1:00 PM ET game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team’s late-afternoon game,” according to the NFL.

Of course, giving more time for one game means potentially pushing into prime-time that much more. And for those games that air on CBS that are affected, the 7 p.m. start time of 60 Minutes makes that even more challenging, because CBS’ prime-time essentially starts an hour earlier. And no, the awesome 60 Minutes shouldn’t nor will be cut or moved to allow The Amazing Race to start earlier.

Update: Deadline reports that CBS may deal with the delay–“27 minutes on average” last season–by scheduling its shows to start 15 minutes later, meaning 60 Minutes would start at 7:15 and Amazing Race at 8:15. That’d reduce the perceived wait.

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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