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The Amazing Race 20

Tom Bergeron’s Emmy win slightly mitigates Amazing Race’s unbelievable ninth Emmy

Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron won the best reality show host Emmy tonight, likely due to Jeff Probst’s absence from the nominees after winning every year since the award began. I say that because, once a-fucking-gain, The Amazing Race won for best competition series. The award has been given 10 times and the …

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Rachel and Brendon married, and of course TV cameras captured their ridiculous wedding

Big Brother and Amazing Race couple Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas were finally married this weekend by fellow annoying Big Brother cast member Matt Hoffman. Though that might have been a sign that they were going to live happily ever after somewhere far, far away, they were, of course, filmed and their wedding will be …

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Survivor, Amazing Race episodes CBS is submitting for Emmy consideration

Like last year, CBS’ advertisements for Emmy consideration in Emmy Magazine included a DVD containing “for your consideration” episodes of its two marquee reality series, Survivor (which the ad said had “a triumphant year”) and The Amazing Race (“a milestone year”). CBS is submitting Survivor South Pacific‘s eight episode, “Double Agent,” during which tribes merged …

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The most terrifying thing Brendon and Rachel have ever said about reality TV

Big Brother and now Amazing Race alumni Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas talked to Hitfix about their most recent reality TV experience, and are surprisingly and pleasantly positive about the experience. For example, Brendon says, “we realized we made a mistake. It happened. But you know what? We saw some damn cool places, got [to] …

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Rachel refuses to shave her head, exposing sexism; also, The Amazing Race still sucks

I accidentally flipped past The Amazing Race last night just as Rachel Reilly was crying, which of course wasn’t really anything special because she always cries. But here she was crying about having to shave her head to get the fast forward. “I don’t want to shave my head. I paid $500 for extensions. It …

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Why 60 Minutes won’t, and shouldn’t be, bumped for Amazing Race: it’s better reality

The Amazing Race‘s continual delays continually frustrate fans. Last night, the Masters went long, giving women a chance to see more of the golf club where they can’t play, and delaying TAR’s debut until 8:52 p.m. ET. (Canadians and those on the west coast are generally immune from the delays, a small reward for living …

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Lowest-ever ratings for Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice against the Oscars

The competition of the Academy Awards was too much for The Celebrity Apprentice and The Amazing Race, both of which had their lowest ratings ever last night. CBS’ reality competition ratings among 18- to 49-year-olds “matched its series low, and was down 25% from its premiere’s” ratings, according to TV By the Numbers, which also …

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Jeff Rice may have been forced to take cocaine, which was found in his stomach

The mysterious death of freelance reality show producer Jeff Rice may have been caused by poisoning by cocaine, a combination of the information contained in the two initial reports about his death: his wife suspected poisoning , while police called it an overdose. But while cocaine was found in his stomach–an unusual place for that …

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Police blame cocaine overdose, not poisoning, for producer’s death in Uganda

Police in Uganda say that The Amazing Race, Destination Truth, and Whale Wars facilitating producer Jeff Rice wasn’t poisoned, but instead suspect that he died of a cocaine overdose. “Those were misreported rumors about this being some kind of attack by thugs. We do not believe that, and we do not believe this was any …

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Amazing Race, Destination Truth, Whale Wars producer dies from poisoning in Africa

A producer who worked on The Amazing Race, Whale Wars, and Destination Truth, among other reality shows, has died after being poisoned in Africa, according to a report. A colleague, who also worked as a facilitating producer, survived. Destination Truth star Josh Gates first tweeted about Rice’s death on Sunday, and yesterday, tweeted a photo …

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Incredible finish not enough to change my mind about Amazing Race’s decline

During the last Amazing Race, I broke up with the show and stopped watching. I didn’t regret it. But a combination of CBS’ deplorable but effective stunt casting of two obnoxious Big Brother contestants–and, more importantly, my desire to rekindle an old romance–brought me back last night. I came prepared, consuming a Cougar Town-size glass …

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Phil Keoghan’s bike trip film airs the day before Rachel, Brendon infect Amazing Race’s 20th season

The Amazing Race debuts its 20th season on Sunday, with obnoxious Big Brother cast members Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas among the teams racing for $1 million. This trailer makes me excited to watch again, while the commercials CBS has airing with Rachel crying are the reason why I have not yet scheduled it to …

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CBS confirms Rachel and Brendon on Amazing Race, announces non-ratings-whoring cast, too

“Event hostess” Rachel Reilly and “student” Brendon Villegas, best known for their multiple appearances on Big Brother, are among the cast members of The Amazing Race 20, as CBS once again brings back previous cast members in a desperate attempt at maintaining ratings. The network calls this season “one of the most competitive courses ever.” …

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