By Annie Barrett
Updated January 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST
Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

It’s not like I need any extra convincing to watch The Amazing Race, a.k.a. Why The Rest of the World Hates America, Plus: Gross Food! every season. But the casting of writer-director Mike White (pictured, right, totally jazzed) and his gay rights activist dad has me more pumped than ever. Mike, who wrote School of Rock and Nacho Libre and directed 2007’s Year of the Dog, assures us that unlike some of the other teams, he and pops “got along like a Hallmark card.” Boy better be talkin’ ’bout Shoebox!

This Mike White announcement got me thinking. (I know, shocking. Brace yourselves.) If The Amazing Race had a cast of all Hollywood insider-y types, would Larry David not be THE BEST contestant in history? I spent the better part of our Monday meeting daydreaming about how many repetitions of the word “pret-ty…” Larry could get out before a stoic, thick-necked Trans-Siberian Railroad conductor would hurl him down the hatch and into the tundra. I guess real person Larry David wouldn’t be as obnoxious as character Larry David, but still. (He could be partnered with Susie Essman!)

Check out all the Race teams here. Who would be on your dream Amazing Race cast? And are you psyched for season 14?