Amazing Race’s “most diverse cast ever” officially announced

The cast of The Amazing Race 22 was announced by CBS this morning, even though it had been identified earlier, as usual. Among them: hockey players, country singers, Muslim twin doctors, and YouTube stars.

In the preview below, Phil Keoghan describes this as “the most diverse cast ever,” while executive producer Bertram Van Munster says, “we know their weaknesses, we know their strengths, we know their phobias.” We do not know how that will play into the race.

What we do know is that if this race is like the preceding 10 seasons or so, the knowledge we have of the cast from this preview and these bullet points will be repeated all season and we will never get any character development or insight beyond that, because they are interchangeable cogs in a rusted machine.

  • Idries Abdur-Rahman, 36, and Jamil Abdur-Rahman, 36; twin doctors
  • Max Bichler, 30, and Katie Bichler, 24; newlyweds
  • Mona Egender, 33, and Beth Bandimere, 36; roller derby moms
  • Bates Battaglia, 36, and Anthony Battaglia, 33; pro hockey player brothers
  • Chuck McCall, 46, and Wynona McCall, 49; married taxidermist and hairstylist
  • David O’Leary, 58, and Connor O’Leary, 21; father/son cancer survivors
  • Caroline Cutbirth, 29, and Jennifer Kuhle, 30; country singer friends (Cutbirth is a descendant of Daniel Boone and Kuhle is John Wayne’s granddaughter)
  • Joey Graceffa, 21, and Meghan Camarena, 25; YouTube host friends
  • Pamela Chien, 29, and Winnie Sung, 29; best friends
  • Jessica Hoel, 26, and John Erck, 27; dating
  • Matthew Davis, 25, and Daniel Moss, 24, best friends/firefighters

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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