ABC announces cast for 'Expedition Impossible' (Yep, it's another amazing race coming to you in June!)

EXPEDITION-IMPOSSIBLE

Now that Mark Burnett is stealing some thunder away from American Idol with The Voice, is he now hoping to suck a little steam out of The Amazing Race?

You be the judge: Burnett is the man behind a new summer reality show for ABC dubbed Expedition Impossible, which features 13 teams of three players who will travel across deserts, mountains and rivers in the “exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco.” Fun? Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the competitors, who must find a way to work together to complete the trip. After 10 legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line.  Winners each receive $50,000, a Ford Explorer (nice product placement) and the privilege of never having to be called members of the Fab 3, Mom’s Army, or Grandpa’s Warriors ever again.

You think we’re kidding? Check out the monikers given to the 13 teams, which start the expedition on Tuesday, June 21. (My money is on the fishermen. Not so much for the gypsies):

California Girls

Christina Chin, 24, Davis, CA, manager
Brittany Smith, 24, Rancho Murietta, CA, pro golfer
Natalie Smith, 25, Woodland, CA, teacher/coach

The cops

Robert Robillard, 43, Concord, MA, police officer (duh)
Dani Henderson, 34, Marlborough, MA, police officer
James Vaglica, 49, Billerica, MA, police officer

The country boys

Nicholas Coughlin, 28, Clinton, MS, internet marketing
Jason Cronin, 37, Pensacola Beach, MN, business owner/entrepreneur
Chad Robinson, 27, Bolton,MS, realtor

Fab 3

Ryan Carrillo, 36, Los Angeles, CA, business owner
Kari Gibson, 26, Los Angeles, CA, poker tournament hostess
AJ Gibson, 30, Los Angeles, CA, mortgage consultant

The fisherman

Gus Sanfilippo, 48, Gloucester, MA, fisherman
Nino Sanfilippo, 43, Gloucester, MA, fisherman
Joe Sanfilippo, 44, Gloucester, MA, fisherman

The football players

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, 31, Los Angeles, CA, broadcaster
Robert Ortiz, 27, Solana Beach, CA, business owner
Ricky Sharpe, 31, Costa Mesa, CA, coach

Grandpa’s warriors

Dick Smith, 69, Normal, IL, store owner
Steven Smith, 49, Savoy, IL, store owner
Sam Gibbs, 23, Thomasboro, IL, store anager

The gypsies

John Post, 29, Pensacola, FL, sustainable farmer
Taylor Filasky, 31, San Diego, CA, video producer
Eric Bach, 26, San Francisco, CA, sales

Latin persuasion

Dashia Imperiale, 44, New York, NY, fitness instructor
Raven Garcia, 30, Bronx, NY, freelance writer
Mai Reyes, 38, New York, NY, manager

Mom’s army

Eleanor Vanderbeck, 52, Reading, PA, bookkeeper
Ruthie Vanderbeck, 27, Reading, PA, realtor
Abbie Vanderbeck, 29, Norwalk, CT, nanny

No limits

Erik Weihenmayer, 42, Golden, CO, speaker/writer
Jeff Evans, 41, Boulder, CO, physician assistant
Ike Isaacson, 33, Topeka, KS, National Guard

New York fireman

Kevin Coursey, 39, Belle Harbor, NY, firefighter
Robert Kiley, 34, Rockaway Park, NY, firefighter
Michael Egan, 34, Rockaway Park, NY, firefighter

Team Kansas

Lindsey Haymond, 27, Houston, TX, teacher
Kelsey Fuller, 21, Overland Park, KS, student
Mackenzie Fuller, 18, Overland Park, KS, student

Race you to Twitter! @EWLynette

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  • sam

    ABC — WHY CAN’T YOU BRING BACK BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS?????

    • sha

      WIN.

    • A

      I love you.

    • Scott

      That would be awesome!

    • Sue1

      Nice.

    • alan of montreal

      This!

  • deedeedragons

    Just by adding 1 extra person to each team you get way too many people. TAR is king & always will be.

  • kate middleton

    Ummm….I don’t think Pensacola Beach is in Minnesota (MN).

    • Annia

      Ummm..maybe? Just like Paris, TX, Paris,AR, Murphreeboro, TN & Murphreeboro, AR…etc.

    • Annia

      …or this one family member lives in Minnesota. Who knows?

    • Sharon

      Pensacola Beach is in FL.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds sorta like that show NBC did a few years ago. The name escapes me but it was amazing race with lots of mental puzzles…

    • ben gates

      You mean Treasure Hunters?

      • Orac

        That was it. Still lame though.

  • Orac

    Lame. This might be worse than NBC’s copy of Amazing Race. It was so horrible I can’t even remember the name.

    • JA

      Treasure Hunters had its problems, but the $3 million prize from that show makes this show look like a pathetic joke.

  • bruno

    i just threw up in my mouth a little

  • Anonymous

    Lynette- Fisherman is singular. Fishermen is plural. I hate to sound like a grammar cop but spelling and grammar isn’t your best trait.

    • Anonymous

      I find it ironic that you are complaining about someone else’s grammar when you said “spelling and grammar isn’t”…it should be “spelling and grammar aren’t”.

      People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

  • Anonymous

    Whoops, I meant aren’t your best traits. (although I think when I wrote it I meant spelling and grammar as one thing.)
    Feel free to call me a hippocrite.

    • Charlotte

      Oh man…. it’s hypocrite. Right on about the grammar, though.

    • Buffy Freak

      There is very little better on these boards than some person who feel the need to correct someone else’s spelling or grammar proving themselves to be not so bright.

      • anonymous

        @BuffyFreak When you’re in a rush to post a comment you tend to forget about grammar and spelling until after you click post comment. Everybody makes typos. I just happened to do so in a public forum.

        @Charlotte Thank you for correcting me on hypocrite. For me, that is a hard word to spell.

      • Buffy Freak

        Yeah we do all make typos…except the whole point of your post was to correct the author’s mistake. Perhaps that was a typo as well…but you’re misspelling and misunderstanding of the word hypocrite are most assuredly not typos…it wasn’t hypocrisy…I’d say irony…

    • Grammar Police

      grammar AND spelling…two things…the conjunction AND is the tip off that there is more than one item…

  • Darlene

    Love you guys!

    Fab 3

    Ryan Carrillo, 36, Los Angeles, CA, business owner
    Kari Gibson, 26, Los Angeles, CA, poker tournament hostess
    AJ Gibson, 30, Los Angeles, CA, mortgage consultant

    • Momma Kath

      FAB 3!!! Woohoo! Can’t wait to see your adventure!!!
      Love you guys!

    • C-Town pride

      Yay Fab3!!!! Go AJ, Kari and Ryan!!!

    • Princess Tam Tam

      This is gonna be great!!! I can’t wait to root for my FAB 3 Team!!! HOOO-RAY Twirl it out!!!

  • Buffy Freak

    I love the Amazing Race but I’ll check this out. Could be fun…

  • izzy

    Go Team COPS…I’ll be watching you. I’m your number 1 fan LOL……

    • Ket

      Me 2!!!

    • RAE

      Can’t wait. lets go JUN 21st

    • Brian

      Let’s go cops!!!!! Can’t wait for June 21st!

      • Pops

        Team Cops….ready to whoop some

  • Jon

    The only thing that would be worse is if they put them all on an old-timey pirate ship and made them dress like…oh…right.

  • Kimnaugh

    Go fab 3!!! Not a big fan of this type of reality show, but I’ll be tuning in for u AJ, Kerri n Ryan

  • Kathy

    Mark Burnett produced Eco-Challenges
    for yrs before developing Survivor. this should be good, ot at the very least , interesting. give it a chance people!

    • Jennifer

      The pre-USA Network Eco-Challenges were really good. If this show is anything like those, I may just tune in, although in addition to AR, not instead of it.

  • ALB

    I’m hoping this show is more like the Eco-Challenge, or similar adventure races, than The Amazing Race.

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