According to this morning’s Variety, CBS is planning an all-star edition of The Amazing Race for its upcoming 11th season. While there’s no final word on which former Amazing Racers made the cut, the cast is expected to include reality veterans Rob and Am-buh, their nemeses Joyce and Uchenna, as well as David and Mary.
I know I’ve been cranky about everything all morning, but to me, all-star editions of reality series are Rated Boooo!, much better on paper than on the actual screen. Half the fun of shows like TAR is watching how average folks will respond to the extraordinary rules of the games they’re playing, watching them push their physical limitations and occasionally devolve into Ugly Americans. Once a player has been through the experience — not to mention been deemed a “fan favorite” — the freshness is lost, and oftentimes, you end up with folks playing out the preordained characters they think they’re expected to embody, rather than keeping it real.
That said, since it appears CBS is committed to this All-Star edition, they better include Team Cha-Cha-Cha. What say you, PopWatchers?