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Amazing Race 33 and 32: an update on the CBS show’s future from its creators

The Amazing Race season 32 filmed last summer and still does not yet have a premiere date or a timeslot on CBS, but that’s not bad news for the future of the long-running, Emmy-winning reality TV competition franchise.

I talked exclusively with its creators and executive producers, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, about The Amazing Race 33—and also their upcoming National Geographic Channel show, Race to the Center of the Earth, which is a globe-spanning race for $1 million, but is very different than TAR. (Watch for my in-depth report on the behind-the-scenes of it soon.)

Art Velez, Rupert Boneham, The Amazing Race 31
Art Velez (left) and Rupert Boneham had different experiences on the Roadblock challenge during The Amazing Race 32, the last season to air. (Photos by Monty Brinton/CBS)

The last season of the show that CBS has aired, season 31, was filmed in June and July of 2018, and then broadcast a year later, from April to June. Something similar may happen with The Amazing Race 32, although there will be a bigger gap.

Amazing Race 32, which has an all-new cast, filmed in 2018, from mid-November to early December, concluding in New Orleans, so there’s now been more than a year between its production and its airing. That also means spoilers are online.

CBS hasn’t announced it as part of its spring schedule, but it is ready to go.

The Amazing Race’s creators on its future

Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster at the 69th primetime Emmy awards in 2017
Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster at the 69th primetime Emmy awards in 2017. (Photo by Mark Davis/CBS)

At National Geographic’s portion of the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., van Munster and Doganieri—who also produced one of my favorite reality series of the past decade, The Quest—told me that there are two more seasons of the show coming.

First, for The Amazing Race 32, “I would say in the next six months it’ll be airing,” Doganieri told me. “They haven’t given us a date. We’ve been hearing rumors, too!”

“We don’t know anything else,” van Munster said.

However, there is good news about the show’s future. “We’re filming another one—33,” Doganieri told me. So yes, TAR 33 is happening.

But the first show up is Race to the Center of the Earth on National Geographic Channel, a new format they created and are producing. While it doesn’t yet have an airdate, as it’s being edited now. The show filmed during about two weeks last fall, which followed six months of planning.

“We’re so excited to do something new that we’ve never done before. I know it sounds like there may be similarities,” Doganieri told me, referring to Amazing Race and Race to the Center of the Earth, “but it’s so different. It was just a fun challenge—super fun and super challenging.”

And van Munster added, “We like to be challenged, too!”

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