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Annoying Amazing Race team goes home, but not Kent and Vyxsin, ugh

The Amazing Race almost lost me mid-episode, and despite my now-consistent displeasure with the direction the series has taken, that hasn’t ever happened before. But starting with an insultingly inorganic and time-wasting Snapple ad was ridiculous (as I wrote last week, I’m okay with product placement, but only when it doesn’t take over). And then …

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Phil Keoghan cameos in Richard Simmons’ hilarious Air New Zealand in-flight safety video

The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan doesn’t have an Emmy yet, but he should, as his latest gig proves. He has a cameo in a new safety video for Air New Zealand that stars Richard Simmons. It’s hilarious, and makes that fun, jaunty Delta safety video seem dull by comparison (though the no-smoking finger wag …

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Tears flow in India on Amazing Race, and not just over the sad product placement

For the second time in two weeks, we’ve essentially had a team give up and fall behind. They’ve come short of quitting, but there wasn’t a nail-biting finish, just an inevitable elimination after half the teams checked in simultaneously. (There was more tension from the possibility that one of the teams’ taxis would be hit …

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Colossal screw-up erased by Amazing Race, but U-turn and express pass twists fizzle

This season of The Amazing Race should have been called Incompetent Whiners, because there’s sure a lot of both this season. Calling this season all-stars definitely gives the teams too much credit, but at least last night’s episode–delayed by 20 minutes and thus cut off from my DVR because there was too much competition at …

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Mel and Mike beat Jaime and Cara to the pit stop despite being medically removed

On Sunday’s The Amazing Race, the father-son team of Mel and Mike White were eliminated after being removed from the competition during the Detour challenge because they were suffering from hypothermia. Yet even after being treated, putting on fresh clothes, and being driven to the pit stop to be eliminated, they still beat Jaime and …

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Amazing Race ramps things up with a voice-over penalty, a car accident, cold, and mud

The Amazing Race 18 started to find its groove last night, thanks to a bunch of unexpected things: a delayed flight, a car accident, an accidental theft, medical attention for hypothermia, and the chaos of Tokyo traffic. These sorts of moments have been less common as the race has gotten more controlled (pre-selected flights, relatively …

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