CBS is clearly keen on making you wait for as long as possible for the new season of “The Amazing Race” — it’s coming, but it won’t be until later in April when you get a chance to see it.
Today, the network confirmed that on April 21 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time (once again on Fridays, and in the place of “MacGyver” once that season is over), they’ll kick off the 29th season of the show with a two-hour premiere. We love that the network continues to be supportive enough of the show to keep it around, but is that lasting? Our main concern comes with the idea of the network deciding for whatever reason that airing a family-friendly reality show on summer in the late spring / early summer is a great idea. Who among the casual viewers is going to be around to watch?
What we don’t understand is why the network didn’t just wait and make the show a full-on summer program at a different night. You could’ve paired it with “Big Brother” or a similar program in the summer and drawn better ratings, and we personally would’ve been fine waiting another two months if it meant that the show had a larger chance.
Unfortunately, the network today did not announce officially what the twist for the new season will be — we don’t want to give it away until they do, but we do think it’s a fascinating concept. Our hope still, however, is that at some point before the end of the series’ run, we go back to the original premise of what made this show so interesting and exciting to begin with: Teams of everyday people with preexisting relationships who aren’t necessarily famous or have some other gimmick attached to them.
You can check out the wide array of “Amazing Race”-related articles we’ve written over the past few months over at the link here. (Photo: CBS.)