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'The Amazing Race': Rachel and Brendon from 'Big Brother' head up new cast

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They’re baaaaaaaaaack! That’s right, Big Brother repeat offenders Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas have become the latest pair of CBS reality stars to try their hand at sprinting across the globe for a million dollars when season 20 of The Amazing Race kicks off on Feb. 19 at 8pm.  The engaged couple will be following in the frequent flier footsteps of Big Brother’s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, Survivor’s Boston Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich (who played twice), Survivor’s Ethan John and Jenna Morasca, as well as Big Brother’s Alison Irwin (and her out of house boyfriend Donny Patrick).

Rachel and Brendon will be competing against 10 other teams, including married clowns, federal agents, border patrol agents, dating divorcees, and, naturally, twins.  (The full cast list is below.) Along the way, players will be forced to skydive, train with Massai warriors in Tanzania, and visit the German castle that served as the inspiration for the one in Sleeping Beauty. The show will also be traveling for the first time ever to Paraguay and Azerbaijan. READ FULL STORY

CBS announces return of 'The Amazing Race'

CBS announced the return of The Amazing Race today and new Friday time periods for Undercover Boss and A Gifted Man.

Race will return for its 20th season on Feb. 19. Boss will premiere Sunday, Jan. 15, and relocate to Fridays beginning Feb. 17.

The freshman drama A Gifted Man starring Patrick Wilson will move to Friday on Feb. 17. CSI: NY will return to the time period on March 30 after Man completes is first season run.

Here is the schedule:  READ FULL STORY

Football clobbers, but 'The Good Wife,' 'Once Upon a Time' survive

The battle for first place in the NFC gave NBC a huge win on Thursday: The showdown between the Giants and the Cowboys earned a 6.9 rating/17 share in the key demographic and 18.6 million viewers, according to early estimates.

CBS — buoyed by its own Raiders-Packers game earlier in the day — came in second in the demo (3.2/8), with the combination of 60 Minutes and The Amazing Race finale from 8:30 to 9:30 earning a 3.2/8. In fact, the NFL overrun pushed everything back for the night, so the rest of Race encroached in the 9 p.m. hour, so it combined with The Good Wife earned a 2.4/5, while Wife with CSI: Miami posted a 2.0/5. READ FULL STORY

'Pan Am' hits series low, 'The Good Wife' is flat

Was everyone watching football or at the movies catching another showing of Breaking Dawn? Dramas like Pan Am and The Good Wife hit some depressing lows on Sunday, which was dominated by football and the animated shows on Fox.

NBC won the night in the key demo (5.2 rating/13 share) and viewers (13.7 million), as the game between two probable NFC playoff times (Detroit and New Orleans) earned a 6.5/15, according to early results. Fox came in a close second (5.1/12), with The Simpsons earning a 4.0/10, followed by Allen Gregory (2.4/6), Family Guy (3.5/8), and The Cleveland Show (2.5/6).

ABC came in a distant third (2.2/5), with all of its shows hitting troubling lows. America’s Funniest Home Videos was down 22 percent to a 1.4/4, followed by Once Upon a Time (down 9 percent to a 3.1/7), Desperate Housewives (down 13 percent to a 2.6/6), and Pan Am (down 11 percent to a 1.6/4). We already know that the period drama is one step away from flat-out cancellation: The ABC drama’s co-star Karine Vanasse sent a tweet that heavily suggested the show was finished: “Well, we received THE call, #PanAm is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas. But up to the end, we’ll give it our all!”

CBS finished fourth with a 2.1/5, with 60 Minutes down 51 percent to a 1.8/5, followed by The Amazing Race (down 7 percent to a 2.7/6), The Good Wife (flat with a 1.9/4), and CSI: Miami (up 16 percent with a 2.2/5).

Read more:
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‘The Good Wife’ recap: The Missing
‘Once Upon a Time’ recap: Becoming David Nolan
‘The Amazing Race’ recap: Panamaniacs

'Desperate Housewives' way down; 'Pam Am' still manages to take flight

Even without Peyton Manning, the Colts game was a huge draw for NBC, which took the first Sunday of the 2011-12 TV season in adults 18-49 (5.9 rating/15 share) and viewers (14.8 million), according to preliminary results. The game itself (7.2/17) was still down 22% in the demo versus the last one on Sept. 18 — but this time, it had to face originals on the other networks. READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Race' reclaims reality competition Emmy

For awhile there, it looked like the TV Academy may have changed course from awarding CBS’ The Amazing Race every year with the outstanding reality competition Emmy. Last year Bravo’s Top Chef broke the veteran travel competition series’ seven-year winning streak. But alas for rivals like American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef and So You Think You Can Dance, tonight Race once again claimed the top reality prize.

“I just went around the world 55 times,” said Race executive producer Bertram van Munster. “It’s very uncomfortable. It takes a tremendous amount effort — every camera position, every detail … it’s a very complex operation.” For a full list of Emmy winners, see here.

'Amazing Race': Check out this first look at the new season!

One week from Sunday, host Phil Keoghan will drop his hand for the 19th time and kick off a new season of Amazing Race. What can you expect in this go-around (the world)? Apparently the most “X-treme” race yet, complete with car squealing, intense paddling, bungee jumping, and spelunking. Your contestants include: Zac Sunderland, the first person under the age of 18 to solo-sail around the world, and his father; Survivor winners Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca; and Olympic snowboarders Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin. “Plus,” as the announcer adds, “twins! A brother and sister! Flight attendants! Las Vegas showgirls! A former NFL star… and his wife!” Get in the game by pressing play: READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' winners Ethan and Jenna head up new 'Amazing Race' cast. Plus: New twists revealed! -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Amazing Race has not been shy about having former CBS reality stars on the show. Boston Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich of Survivor fame played twice, while Big Brother‘s Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd, as well as Alison Irwin (and her non-Big Brother boyfriend Donny) all have appeared on the program. But now, for the first time, two winners will team up to compete as Survivor: Africa champ Ethan Zohn and Survivor: The Amazon victor Jenna Morasca head up the cast for the show’s 19th installment (premiering Sept. 25 on CBS), which will also feature some new twists to the game.

For Zohn, racing across the world with his longtime girlfriend is especially sweet considering his recent medical battles after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Last year I was attached to a pump in complete isolation in a f—ing hospital room, and now I’m out traveling the world with the woman I love. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be okay,” Ethan told EW.com just before embarking on the race. “But if she screws up, I’m gonna kill her.” READ FULL STORY

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