CBS announces Amazing Race cast again, in case you forgot

CBS today re-announced The Amazing Race‘s 11 teams and a new twist for the 25th season, having already revealed the cast earlier this summer when the race started publicly in Times Square. The cast includes Survivor contestants Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson, while Survivor‘s new cast includes an annoying Amazing Race team.

Of course, re-announcing the cast at the typical time they’d announce the cast makes sense; the previous announcement was months ago. The network did confirm what people who observed the start reported: a new twist called “The Save,” which gives the first team to check in on the first leg immunity from elimination that they can use later.

Today’s announcement also came with videos introducing all the teams and hashtags assigned to each team; Whitney and Keith are #TeamNashville.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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