'Amazing Race' honcho teases new season

With the season 13 debut of CBS’ The Amazing Race looming just around the corner (okay, Sept. 28), exec producer Bertram Van Munster slipped us a few clues about the upcoming globetrot.

• The race takes 23 days, covers nearly 40,000 miles, spans five continents, and features some far-flung locales never before seen on the show, including Angkor Wat, Cambodia and La Paz, Bolivia.

• The youngest team is a tandem of two guys in their early 20s. “They’re made for television,” Van Munster says. “They’re supersmart — and they make terrible mistakes.” A pair of recent divorcees in their late 20s also vie for the million-dollar prize. “They were left with some financial debt, so they really have a motive to run around the world,” he says. And once again, expect a serving of granola — this time with a husband-wife squad of 60-something Oregon hippies. “They’re the real thing,” says Van Munster. “They come right out of the ’60s. To a lot of people, it looks almost like they’re from a different planet.”

• As for the challenges, “We’ve really outdone ourselves in the department of outrageousness,”  Van Munster declares. “We have a situation in Bolivia where we have the [contestants] go down a cobblestone hill on very, very primitive bikes, and it’s just the most hilarious thing you’ve ever seen in your life. It’s a truly bone-jarring experience.” (Another must-see detour: A by-train-or-by-bus scavenger hunt in Moscow. )

• One familiar thing actually did happen on this race: The producers didn’t predict the winner. Says Van Munster, “We’ve been wrong every time, across the board.”


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  • duder


  • BloggingFun

    Yes! Thank you for posting the premiere date and giving us a little inside scoop to get us excited before it airs. I love this show and can’t wait for it to come back on!


  • A. Fan

    A. Race is only the best reality TV show of all time.

  • Rhonda

    My 7-year-old niece LOVES this show and is so excited that it’s coming back and the day after her birthday to boot. We all watch and cheer together every week. Yay for it’s return!

  • Aaron

    Is it sad that life just seems better when Amazing Race is on?

  • Alan

    So So So So Excited about TAR coming back. I miss it so much!

  • Melanie Boatswain-Watson

    So excited for TAR’s return! Especially seeing that they’re going to Angkor Wat, I was just there in May!

  • Ricky

    I miss the hell out of this show when it’s not on… so excited it’s back. Having it on once or twice a year is genius because you don’t get sick of it and are super excited when it finally returns.


    I’m excited!!
    & I’m always excited for amazing race… I love the show! Even after 12 times around, after hundreds of pitstops and challeges.. I still get excited! I’m EXCITED!!!

  • Ed

    Pleased as anything that TAR is back…hope CBS has the brains to put two races on this year…really miss it only once a year

  • LJ

    Thank goodness TAR is back! It seems so long since the TAR12 and the horrible winner crossed the finish line.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a Race addict! I only discovered the show in Season 9. Any chance you can put old episodes of race for sale on iTunes?

  • sas

    Can’t wait for AR to start. It’s one show we watch with the whole family. Educational and fun. Keep them coming!

  • jones

    To Aaron-
    Not at all, I agree. I really like its time slot on Sunday night. I am always get a little sad on Sunday nights b/c the weekend is coming to an end and AR puts a smile on my face instead.

  • lilly

    I love AR but what I am more excited about is Josh Wolk’s TV watch recaps Monday morning. I haven’t snorted coffee out my nose in months!

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