Recap: 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' Premiere

I really don't know why this is so hard to understand: "Amazing Race" premieres need to be two-hours. Or, at the very least, they need to be 90 minutes.

 And I say this every premiere cycle. Or at least I say it in every premiere cycle that doesn't begin with a two-hour "Amazing Race" premiere.

 Of course, the reason I say it is because "Amazing Race," unlike "Survivor" or "America's Next Top Model" or most of the shows in the competitive reality universe, has the responsibility to at least vaguely introduce every single competitor in the initial episode. With "Survivor," you can have a castaway pull a Kelly Purple and go the duration of the game doing nothing. But on "Amazing Race" every team is doing the same thing at the same time and while some teams might perform tasks in less interesting ways, they're invariably going to be temporarily spotted in action. So in a premiere, you have to find a way to introduce people and let Your Friendly Neighborhood Bloggers figure out names and quirky nicknames. Read More...


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