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Three Ways The Amazing Race Can Improve

While I can safely say that I’ve been enjoying the current season of The Amazing Race , as its blend of teamwork, physical and mental challenges, and gorgeous scenery will never get old to me, this season hasn’t hit me 100% yet. I love all the culture they indulge in and find myself so jealous that these teams will get to see the world twice, but the structure of the show leaves a little to be desired. Ahead of its new episode on Sunday after a week hiatus, I thought I’d break down a couple of reasons that the show’s not reaching me as much this season and suggest things that would improve the proceedings. 1. Less emphasis on time equalizers: I fully understand why the show uses a time equalizer, or a flight/bus ride/challenge that doesn’t begin until much later that allows every team to catch up to the leaders. It wouldn’t be that fun to watch a team absolutely destroy the competition for 12 weeks, nor would it be fun to know exactly who is going home within the first few minutes of a given episode. Plus, The Amazing Race has had some heart pounding finishes involving foot races and a matter of mere seconds separating teams. But it seems that every episode there’s something that bunches the teams up again and it kind of dulls the "oh snap" effect of having a frontrunner being knocked back if we see it every week. The teams have been more or less tethered together this season and there haven’t been enough exciting end-of-the-episode races to justify its continued use. Additionally, as much as I love Kent and Vyxsin (they’re scrappy and I love an underdog), the time equalizer that got them back into the game after such a horrendously executed previous leg was ludicrous. 2. U Turns need to be on tougher challenges: I like the U Turn in theory, but you need to put it with some of the tougher challenges for it to be effective. Earlier this season, the Globetrotters and Cheerleaders got U Turned, but both etours took so little time that it was the roadblock that ultimately did the Cheerleaders in, not the U Turn. It’s a little pointless to have a U Turn that was only as much of an obstacle as the typically petty Speedbumps, no? Also, the challenges this season have been a touch underwhelming. I don’t think that they need to make the show impossible to complete or anything, but since these people have been on the show before, everything should have been amped up, in my opinion, which includes detours and road blocks. 3. More countries: I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like we haven’t seen a whole lot of the world this season. Granted, we’ve been in five countries through six episodes, but we were in China for a while and had been in Australia for what felt like a while previously in the season. Part of the reason that people watch The Amazing Race is to witness the wonders of the world and marvel at the beauty of the surroundings the racers find themselves in, so for them to only be in India halfway through the season feels like we haven’t seen that much. On the other hand, it means that the final episodes will show some serious ground being covered, but there wouldn’t be a need to do that if the first half the season was more varied. I understand that, for example, China’s one of the largest countries in the world with a tremendously rich culture, but I’d still rather see them face many different countries as opposed to a few. I don’t want this to sound like I don’t like The Amazing Race or that I think I know better than people who have been doing TV for longer than I’ve been alive. I just think that something like The Amazing Race has the potential to be pretty astounding on a season-to-season basis and they’ve not fully lived up to that this season. Nonetheless, I’ll be locked in to the back half of the season to see if the Cowboys can hold their lead, if Ron can bring it down to a dull roar, and if Kisha and Jen can get some camera time for longer than 5 seconds at a time. If you guys want to see how the remaining episodes of The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business go, you can check it out Sundays at 8:00 on CBS. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/jfov-QElkUM/53870

THE AMAZING RACE 18 Episode 7 Photos

Check out photos of the new episode of   The Amazing Race   18 "You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win (Varanasi, India)" (Season 18 Episode 7) which airs Sunday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS   Television   Network. Episode Synopsis : THE AMAZING RACE 18 "You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win (Varanasi, India)" Episode 7 – In Detour A, Sisters Jen (left) and Kisha (right) must make 25 traditional fuel patties out of buffalo  manure, then slap them on the wall to dry in the sun. Afterwards, they must load a stove with fuel patties and light. In Detour B, Father/daughter team Christina and Ron must carry large bundles of hay through the narrow, crowded streets of Varanasi, India. When they deliver the hay to the correct milk farm, they will receive the next clue on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Read More... http://www.daemonstv.com/2011/04/04/the-amazing-race-18-episode-7-photos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Amazing Race's Margie and Luke: We Almost Took a Penalty

Even though the needle-in-a-haystack tea-identifying Roadblock on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business brought him to tears and took him four hours to complete, Luke Adams says it was not as hard as the final memory task in the Season 14 finale. "The surfboards were much harder," he tells TVGuide.com. "It was just much harder because [my mom Margie and I] were so close to winning!" This time around, he was thisclose to throwing in the towel.  http://www.tvguide.com/News/Amazing-Race-Margie-Luke-1031191.aspx?rss=breakingnews

The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss Renewed by CBS

CBS has officially picked up new seasons of The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss , as reported by Deadline . Neither show was in danger of being canceled, as Race is up slightly from this time last year and Boss is doing some very respectable business at 9:00. The 19th installment of The Amazing Race will make its debut in fall, likely in the same Sunday at 8:00 timeslot it has enjoyed for quite some time, while it will be the 3rd season for former Super Bowl leadout Undercover Boss . CBS has found a strong family friendly bit of reality synergy on Sunday nights, so I'd be a little surprised to see the two shows split up on the new schedule, despite how formidable they are on their own. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/GRzXwSt4LVI/52787

Jaime and Cara on Their 'Amazing Race' Unfinished Business

After a grueling double leg in China involving completion of a large dinosaur skeleton, Jaime and Cara were eliminated from The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business . We caught up with them and found out more about their experience the second time around and what they're up to now. What was it like going into the Race a second time against other returning teams? Jaime: It was exciting and an honor to be invited back for such an amazing adventure! Cara: It was really exciting! I was really surprised there were so many from our season, but it was cool to have an opportunity to run against teams that I have watched and admired in their seasons. Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/articles/the-amazing-race/jaime-and-cara-on-their-amazin-39763.aspx

The Amazing Race Cheerleaders Cry Foul Over Goths' Puny Penalty

After missing a mandatory flight last week on  The Amazing Race , Goth darlings  Kent  and  Vyxsin  paid the ultimate price: a 30-minute penalty. Wait, what? In a shocking turn of events,  a different  pair of eyeliner enthusiasts—not the Pink and Black Attack—was sent home last night. And the cheerleaders are tossing their pom-poms in protest. "I felt there was an exception made, personally,"  Jaime Edmondson  complained to us today about the wrist-slap that let the Goths advance in the game while she and pal  Cara Rosenthal  were eliminated. "The fact of the matter is," Cara added, "Kent and Vyxsin were the only team of all the teams that did not get on the mandatory flight...This leg was a very tough pill for Jaime and I to swallow." Read More... http://feeds.eonline.com/~r/eonline/kristin/~3/S_l_VKfZoaI/b232063_amazing_race_cheerleaders_cry_foul_over.html

Amazing Race's Jaime and Cara: We Wouldn't Have U-Turned Kent and Vyxsin

After surviving a U-Turn, Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal fell victim to a grueling life-size dinosaur assembly task on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business . "[It took] about four hours," Jaime tells TVGuide.com. "We knew we were last and I'm very happy knowing that even though we knew we were last, Jaime didn't quit," Cara adds. "We finished because the one thing we aren't is quitters." The former NFL cheerleaders also aren't bitter about Kent and Vyxsin U-Turning them right in front of their faces — but they wouldn't have done the same to them. Read more... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Amazing-Race-Jaime-Cara-1030949.aspx?rss=breakingnews

The Goths U-Turn the Cheerleaders on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

It's been a tough leg of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' (Sun., 8PM on CBS) for dating goth couple Kent and Vyxsin. Last week, they missed the only approved flight and then lost their passports. The flight snafu caused them to incur a 30-minute penalty at the next check-in. Luckily, a train proved an equalizer and everyone caught back up. But with that penalty looming over them, the pair knew they had to consider the Double U-Turn coming up. And they had to deal with their bonehead move the last time they raced when they U-Turned a team that was ahead of them, rendering the move pointless. http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/21/the-goths-u-turn-the-team-next-to-them-amazing-race-video/

Top Moments: The Bachelor's Love Woes and Glee's Dreamy First Kiss

Our top moments of the week: 12. Shot Through the Gut Award:   On House , the newly single doc has some fun with hookers and his hotel room service guy, Carnell, when he attempts to shoot an apple off one of his latest conquest's head, William Tell-style, with a bow and arrow. Despite Carnell's pleas to stop, House fires the arrow — into the girl's stomach, unleashing a pool of red liquid. No worries — the blood was fake, and the bow and arrow was rigged. Carnell, you just got punk'd! 11. Biggest Cry for Help: Steven Tyler has shown his... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Moments-Bachelor-Glee-1030833.aspx?rss=breakingnews

THE AMAZING RACE 18 Episode 5 Photos

Check out photos  of the upcoming episode  of  The Amazing Race  18 "Don’t Ruin the Basketball Game" (Kunming, China) (Season 18 Episode 5) which aired Sun, March 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Episode Synopsis : THE AMAZING RACE 18 "Don’t Ruin the Basketball Game" (Kunming, China) – The pressure builds when a prehistoric Roadblock pushes one Racer over the edge and a Double U-turn causes panic among the teams as they race to avoid elimination, on THE AMAZING RACE, Sunday, March 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is host. Read More... http://www.daemonstv.com/2011/03/15/the-amazing-race-18-episode-5-photos/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29