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'The Amazing Race': Still executive producer Bertram van Munster's 'personal thrill'

Bertram van Munster says he's calling "from Europe," but he can't be more specific. At least not yet.The Emmy-winning executive producer is now on location with host Phil Keoghan and energetic new contestants for the 19th round of CBS' "The Amazing Race," which begins Sunday, Sept. 25. Since a 20th season already has been confirmed for early 2012, the global "Race" is destined to keep running, and Van Munster intends to keep running with it."It is a personal thrill," he tells Zap2it from the mystery site. "Who gets the opportunity to do something like this, keep it going, and get the support from the network and the viewers? We have a huge fan club, and people who weren't even born when the show began are now fans of it. It's kind of frightening to think how long this could go."Van Munster attributes that longevity partially to the fact that "Amazing Race" contestants "cannot prepare themselves"... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-amazing-race-still-executive-producer-bertram-van-munsters-personal-thrill.html

Ron Howard Teams with The Amazing Race Producers for TNT Reality Show

The executive producers of  The Amazing Race  will help Ron Howard and Brian Grazer stage  The Great Escape  at TNT. TNT has ordered a new pilot for the reality competition, which will drop contestants into the middle of their own action/adventure movie — and force them to use their wits and physical skills to escape. They'll work together to perform tasks and solve puzzles, and then compete to gain freedom first (be it escaping a POW camp, a deserted island or a sinking ocean liner). TNT originally developed the show last year, but it ultimately didn't go forward. Now, the cable network is shooting a full pilot, and  The Amazing Race  executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri have joined the show to lend their expertise. Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/Ron-Howard-Reality-1034895.aspx?rss=breakingnews

CBS Orders 20th Season of Amazing Race

CBS is gearing up for another  Amazing Race around the world: The network has ordered the 20th installment of the reality competition series. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the seven-time Emmy-winning show sends teams of two around the globe competing in tasks with one victorious duo winning $1 million. Season 18, which wrapped in May, averaged 11.19 million viewers. Season 19 will debut this fall on Sundays at 8/7c with the 20th edition slated for spring 2012. Are you excited for more  Race ? //www.tvguide.com/News/Amazing-Race-20-1034287.aspx?rss=breakingnews

THE AMAZING RACE Host Phil Keoghan Remains Safe at the Pit Stop

Phil Keoghan has signed on to continue for several more years as host of CBS’  THE AMAZING RACE , reports TVGuide.com . Under the deal, Keoghan will gain the new title of co-executive producer of  The Amazing Race . In actuality, he is already deeply involved with the show’s behind-the-scenes production, so this is an acknowledgement of those contributions. The new deal will also give Keoghan the chance to develop other projects with CBS, which will be in line with his "no opportunity wasted" approach to life and his philosophy of turning  thought into action. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/13/the-amazing-race-host-phil-keoghan-remains-safe-at-the-pit-stop/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Amazing Race's Zev and Justin: Waxing Task Was "Injury to Insult"

To say the Rio leg on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business was not made for Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew would be an understatement. First, Zev and his "white boy rhythm" clashed with the samba Roadblock and then the best friends — the hairiest team of all — had to endure even more cruel and unusual punishment: waxing. "I don't know if the leg was designed to torture us, but it certainly did do that," Justin tells TVGuide.com. "We're going to give them the benefit of the doubt that they didn't throw that waxing thing in there when they saw that we were in the final four." Still, there are no hard feelings — just a little bleeding — since "the Race doesn't decide how hairy we are." //www.tvguide.com/News/Amazing-Race-Zev-Justin-1032977.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Phil Keoghan Signs New Deal, Sticks With The Amazing Race

It's another non-elimination round for Phil Keoghan, who has just signed a new deal to continue for several more years as host of CBS' The Amazing Race . Under the new deal, Keoghan has now been named a co-executive producer of the Race (an acknowledgement that he's already deeply involved with the show's production). "Most of what I do [on Race ] is behind-the-scenes," Keoghan says. "My energy has been consumed with other duties besides just being in front of the camera. I've always enjoyed that side of it." Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/Phil-Keoghan-Deal-1032942.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Amazing Race': The winners speak!

The Amazing Race   had a surprisingly rocky 18th season. The notion of bringing back 11 fan-favorite teams who failed to win their first time around seemed like a great idea in theory, but in practice, the decision to bring back eleven teams that resolutely were   not All-Stars meant that longtime Race   fans just had to watch some teams make the same old mistakes. (Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: The Cowboys got lost in the cities, the Goths got lost in the countryside, Jaime yelled at taxi drivers, and poor old Mel White just couldn’t keep up with the competition.) Also not helping matters: On the EW comment boards, there was a serious perception that the teams were playing a game that was   too   friendly, helping each other through challenges in a strategy more befitting that   other   CBS reality show. (Ahem,   Survivor .) Last night’s two-hour season finale featured an enjoyably competitive neck-and-neck race between some of the show’s best players. This morning, EW caught up with the victorious team to talk about winning on their second go-round.   Read more after the jump (Warning: Spoilers ahead)  Read More... //insidetv.ew.com/2011/05/09/amazing-race-winners-interview/

'Amazing Race' winners Jen and Kisha: 'We finished our business'

"The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" wrapped up Sunday night (May 8) with a victory for sisters Jennifer and Kisha Hoffman, as they became the first sisters team to win the million dollar prize. They tell Zap2it that their mom got the best Mother's Day present ever and that their "business is finished."Was "Unfinished Business" harder or easier than your first time around?Jen: I think definitely it was harder considering the continuation legs that we ran into right off the bat in Australia. We had to endure a lot of things on the first episode and it kind of set the pace for the remainder of the race."Which season did you enjoy more? Kisha: "I think both of the seasons were really great experiences. I think the first time you don't really know what to prepare for and so you're just running around trying to complete tasks. This time I think we took a lot more... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/amazing-race-winners-jen-and-kisha-we-finished-our-business.html

TV Ratings: '60 Minutes' with President Obama propels CBS to win Sunday

Fast national ratings for Sunday, May 8, 2011."60 Minutes" was the big winner for Sunday night with 13.8 million viewers, followed by "CSI: Miami" and "Desperate Housewives," both at roughly 9.7 million viewers. CBS won the night with an average of 10.3 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/8 share in households. ABC was second (7.8 million, 4.8/8), NBC was third at 6.2 million, 3.9/7 and FOX was fourth at 4.4 million and a 2.5/4.CBS also took the 18-49 demo, with a 2.3, followed by ABC and FOX (tie, 2.1) and NBC at a 2.0. Sunday hour by hour: 7 p.m. CBS: "60 Minutes" (13.8 million, 8.4/17) ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.4 million, 3.5/7) NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (3.9 million, 2.6/5) FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (2.3 million, 1.4/3) /"American Dad" (3.3 million, 1.9/4) 18-49 leader: "60 Minutes" (2.3) 8 p.m. CBS: "Amazing Race" (9.0 million, 5.1/9) ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7.99 million, 4.6/8) NBC: "America's... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/tv-ratings-60-minutes-with-president-obama-propels-cbs-to-win-sunday.html

'Amazing Race': Winning team is...

For the 18th season of  Amazing Race , eleven teams returned seeking redemption after losing their first time around. Of course, only one team could  actually attain the sought-after redemption — going into last night’s two-hour season finale, seven teams had lost again, usually for the same reasons why they lost on their first go-round. (Message to Team Goth: Consider taking an orienteering course if you ever come back for a third  Race .) In the end, though, one team successfully took home the $1 million prize. Find out this season’s  Amazing Race  grand champion team  after the jump… After a remarkably consistent season spent near the front of the pack, the sporty sisters  Jen and Kisha  finally got a first-place finish when it counted, beating the always-competitive Globetrotters and the Gary/Mallory All-American Combo for ultimate victory. Considering their infamous exit in their first  Race  — stopping for a bathroom break at an incredibly critical moment — it must have felt especially validating for the pair. I was sad to see Zev and Justin — who were my ridiculously early pick to win it all — go out in the first half of the season finale. (Zev was undone by the Samba, like so many great men before him.) I was also sad to see Gary and Mallory, long a dark horse pick thanks to her hyper-caffeinated energy and his ability to be incredibly talented at almost everything, fall victim to the nefarious scourge of the Lost Cab Driver. It seemed for a moment like the Globetrotters might triumph, but the winds of Florida did them in. But let’s salute Jen and Kisha for putting on a great show. Their  Race  business, at least, is finished. Read More... //popwatch.ew.com/2011/05/08/amazing-race-season-finale-winner/