'The Amazing Race' Preserved for 15th Season

CBS aim to prolong their Emmy Award-wining series " The Amazing Race " for one more season. Through their Twitter, the network announced that there will be the 15th leg of the race around the world for broadcast in 2009-2010 season. Auditions for the new season have been opened and the requirements can been seen at Host Phil Keoghan will appear at the open casting calls during his bike ride across America which will end in NYC on May 9. Among the stops he is making are in Chicago (April 24), Pittsburgh (May 1) and New York (May 8). In the casting call, pairs will tape a video about two minutes long, describing why they are worthy to be picked. Before that, they are also required to fill in a 13-page form that will help better understanding the hopefuls. Among the questions are "Do you have any phobias?" and "What is your opinion about foreigners?" With five teams left, the current season of "Amazing Race" will wind down on May 10. The show has been averaging 10.9 million viewers each week. Source Here

The Amazing Race 14: The Silly Misadventures of Mark and Michael

(Before we begin, I'd like to give a shoutout to the folks at CBS. Where are the photos from the last two episodes of The Amazing Race ? Luckily I found a photo that somehow ties in to the theme of this entry... oh, well. Let's get on with it.) The cheerleaders, Cara and Jaime, did describe stuntmen Mark and Michael as a couple of cartoon characters. When I first saw that a few weeks ago, I figured it was because their small statures don't do justice to their physical fitness and their energy. Who would've known that, weeks later, I'd see that remark in a completely different light? I'd like to pitch a new animated series, then, perhaps more akin to those seven-minute shorts: The Silly Misadventures of Mark and Michael. It involves two shorter-than-usual brothers who end up making stupid mistakes and almost - just almost! - paying dearly for it. Let's not delve into who these two are for now: the brothers, obviously named Mark and Michael, will work in tandem, and although they'd fight on a few occasions, they'll do their deeds together, and fall in pits together. The first short would probably entail them visiting someone's home in a chilly part of their cartoon land, and for the next five minutes or so, they'd walk around in circles looking for the clearly-marked house, not realizing that it's been there all along. (All right, that's not how it went in Siberia, but you know where I'm going to.) Maybe the second short would see them participate in a bicycle race, and they decide to sabotage it - by putting spikes on the road, and then hiding all the tire pumps so everybody struggles with the thing. They also decide to put a GPS device on their bike. (Again, that's not how it went in Phuket, but you know where I'm going to.) And the third short oh, never mind. Back to my point, then - Mark and Michael are becoming the cartoon characters the cheerleaders described them for all the wrong reasons. Surely, you've seen animated programs, and there's always a bumbling character, either in the background, or as the star itself? That's what they've become. It's a little pinch of entertainment in an otherwise tepid season that, for some reason, ends up leaving me exasperated. I mean, at first them hiding all the tire pumps during the Phuket Detour seemed like a cunning idea, but it backfired on them. Their second flub on that leg - having a taxi follow them - was their fault, so that's acceptable. And an hour-long penalty doesn't really hurt much, considering they still ended up in third place. It should only happen once, but when they decided to barter their stuff to pay for their expensive taxi-led effort to retrieve their bags, it became exasperating that they've done it again. Four hours! What exactly were you thinking, stuntmen? I'm sure there's a rule book somewhere, and you're definitely briefed about these things before the race began in Los Angeles, so why disregard them? Sometimes, if things get repetitive, things get annoying. But at this rate - three hours added to their release time, and a speed bump somewhere in China - I don't expect the stuntmen to stay much longer. In true cartoon fashion, the ending should be: that's all, folks! Unless, of course, somebody else stumbles big time... Source Here

Watch a sneak peek of Episode 7 ''Gorilla? Gorilla?? Gorilla???''

One team finds that time is not of the essence when a shopkeeper hinders their movement, and others discover that a hurried pace doesn't always equal victory, particularly when mistakes can add up to penalties, on THE AMAZING RACE 14, Sunday, March 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is host. To Watch The Preview Click Here . Source here

Watch a sneak peek of Episode 6 ''Alright Guys, We're At War!'' (India)

As the race heats up, Teams face a roadblock made of camel feed, a speed bump the size of an elephant and a detour made more complicated by an impatient taxi driver, on THE AMAZING RACE 14, Sunday, March 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is host. To Watch The Preview Click Here . Source here

None Eliminated in 'The Amazing Race 14' Episode 5

Recap of 'The Amazing Race' teams' last challenges in Russia and the preview of next week's trip to poverty-stricken area of India. Read more.

Watch a sneak peek of Episode 5

Teams must strip down to their bare essentials during a bone-chilling Roadblock, and another Team struggles to stay in the Race while having to navigate a stick shift through the icy streets of Siberia, on THE AMAZING RACE 14, Sunday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is host. To Watch The Preview Click Here . Source here

Interview: Kris and Amanda, from 'The Amazing Race 14'

The U-Turn is always a point of controversy on The Amazing Race . Kris and Amanda were eliminated last night because they were U-Turned by Margie and Luke, and there has been much debate about what Margie and Luke did. Was it ethical? Kris and Amanda weren't a threat to Margie and Luke on last night's leg, but then again, Amanda and Kris were shaping up as a team to be reckoned with - I thought they were the most likely to win it all. The U-Turn, despite its brutal ramifications, is a part of The Amazing Race, and should therefore be utilized, right? It may have been cowardly, but I figure if you're playing for a million dollars, you take every advantage available to you. You only race once. Amanda and Kris, on a show that consistently features dysfunctional and often appalling young couples, were a breath of fresh air. The couple got along incredibly well in stressful circumstances, remaining likable even as the reality of their impending elimination became clear. We had the chance to speak with Amanda and Kris earlier today about their time on The Amazing Race. For The Full Interview Click here .

Ratings: The Unit Returns with a Bang - Featured

Sunday's ratings summary: * 7 pm/ET 60 Minutes topped the hour with an audience of 13.13 million total viewers, down a mil week-to-week. In third behind Funniest Videos, Saturday Night Live 's game-show parodies round-up delivered 3.35 mil. Fox's Hole in the Wall squeezed in 2.6 mil. * 8 pm The Amazing Race finished first with 10.22 million viewers, sprinting past Extreme Makeover (which at 9.45 mil was down 14 percent). An audience of 6 mil found themselves sold on SNL's best-of commercials special. * 9 pm Desperate Housewives was the night's most watched program, with 13.5 million viewers. Cold Case placed second in the hour with 12.56 mil (up 16 percent from its last fresh outing). The Celebrity Apprentice plunged 14 percent from its premiere, to 7.6 mil. * 10 pm Brothers & Sisters came out on top with 10.5 million viewers (down 12 percent from its overhyped "movie event"), but the big story was CBS' big The Unit . Despite herky-jerky scheduling, the military drama returned from a three-week furlough to target 9.43 mil viewers, a gain of 13 percent. Source here

Amazing Race's Brad and Victoria Upbeat About Elimination; Ready to Tackle Next Roadblock

It was gypsies, vamps and a really bad flight on Sunday's Amazing Race 14 that saw married couple Brad and Victoria Hunt eliminated. The duo opted for an earlier flight to Bucharest, Romania with a connection through Amsterdam - which would've worked out well if they hadn't missed the connection. Was the slim, 15-minute advantage they would've gotten worth the risk? They think so. Find out what else the couple had to say about their unlucky fate, why the leg was still the best part of the Race for them and what new challenges they're currently facing. For The Full Interview Click Here .

Watch a sneak peek of Episode 3, I'm Not Wearing That Girls Leotard! (Romania]

Teams scour the Transylvania countryside for buried coffins, while one of the Race's frontrunners finds themselves at the back of the pack when their plane makes an unexpected landing, on THE AMAZING RACE 14, Sunday, March 1 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. For The Preview Click Here . Source here