The Amazing Race 26 will have “surprises” and “changes” related to the “story” the episodes tell, but the show “does very well” for CBS and is “beloved” by the network, so it sounds like it’s not going anywhere any time soon.
CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler talked to TV critics in Pasadena this morning, and addressed the show’s lower ratings in its new Friday night timeslot. She said “the shift in time was a little bit challenging for them,” but point out that its ratings went “up in their playback. … It does very well, and we’re still enormous fans.”
Tassler also said that having a new cast with each new season “gives you an opportunity every cycle to bring in new viewers.” She also mentioned that CBS had conversations with the series’ producers about changes, and here’s what Tassler said about The Amazing Race 26 and the show in general:
“The Amazing Race is one of our beloved unscripted franchises. It is an upscale program. It does very well for us, and the playback on the show actually did very well for us too. We’ve really encouraged [executive producer] Bert [van Munster] and his team, and they have responded very smartly, in sort of making some creative changes and adjustments in terms of their story. There are gonna be a lot of surprises in store in terms of Race.”
Those are apparently in addition to the already-announced major change: Not all the cast members will be in pre-existing relationships, as several teams will be “blind date” teams that meet at the starting line.