Instead, the teams got a taste of the favorite pastime of Belgium's most famous son -- no, not Tintin or Jacques Delors -- Jean-Claude Van Damme: Bodybuilding! It was time to break out the shaving foam, breathe in and strike a pose wearing nothing but a smile and a ridiculously small and shiny posing pouch.
As Andy gamely applied bronzer to fellow snowboarder Tony's lower regions he sighed "Our friendship has hit a whole new level." Former NFL tight end (no pun intended) Marcus may have been the only one who actually enjoyed the experience, saying "I really got into it." He was rewarded for his efforts with some very enthusiastic whistling from the ladies in the crowd.
One of the most amazing things in 'TAR' history then happened, as a couple of guys who happened to be at the gas station when a different team came guy noticed the passport and went to Twitter to talk about having just seen teams racing.
He was then told to get to LAX to give her the passport, and he arrived like a guardian angel with a miracle.
CBS announced in March that the reality hit would return for a 19th edition in the fall, and today the network revealed that it has already renewed 'TAR' for a 20th season.
Teams will race around the world on a million-dollar quest for the 20th time in spring 2012. In the meantime, season 19 will premiere this fall.
The show, which stars Judd as the mother of a son who goes missing while studying abroad in Rome, began production on the first of its 10 episodes this week.
ABC has yet to announce which of its other pilots have been ordered to series. Meanwhile, Fox and NBC both picked up several new shows earlier this week. Expect a steady stream of announcements before the networks present their programming slates to the press at upfronts next week.
In other TV news ...
• 'Breaking In' isn't as dead as previously thought. According to new reports, Fox is still considering renewing the series but won't make a decision until after upfronts. [Deadline]
• Alton Brown has decided to end his Food Network series 'Good Eats.' The host said recently on Twitter that after 249 episodes, he won't make any new ones. [LA Weekly]
• 'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans has entered rehab. The troubled mom of Jace, 1, is reportedly not seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse -- just the tried-and-true "exhaustion." [PopEater]
"With my job and my lifestyle, I think next to a beautiful glass of red wine ... I would say sleep is right up there with my favorite things in the world," he told AOL TV when he called us from the road.
Keoghan was on the eighth stop of his 10-city film tour to promote 'The Ride,' a documentary he made about his 2009 cross-country bike ride for charity. But Keoghan's used to a fast-paced life. When he's filming an installment of CBS's long-running reality competition 'The Amazing Race,' four hours of sleep a night is considered a luxury.
"The entire season of 'The Amazing Race' is shot in 23 days. That means 12 episodes and less than two days to complete one episode," he said.
"Who's more motivated to come back and redeem themselves for stupid mistakes, for really bad luck, for penalties at the wrong time, for getting lost, for taking the most untimely pee break in the history of 'The Amazing Race,'" asked host Phil Keoghan when AOL TV chatted with him earlier this week. "Who's been living with that unfinished business, and who would make for an interesting comeback?"
On Sunday night (8PM ET on CBS), a pair of Harlem Globetrotters, two sisters, a father and a daughter and two best friends will cross the finish line of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' in Miami. AOL TV asked Phil to help handicap the strengths and weaknesses of the remaining teams. After the jump, find out which team Phil says is the one to beat.
"So '9 1/2 Weeks,' right?" observed Rachael Ray, while feeding Indian food to a blindfolded Keoghan.
The last three teams consisted of home-shopping hosts Brook and Claire, doctors Nat and Kat, and boyfriend/girlfriend couple Thomas and Jill. For the final episode, the teams left South Korea, and headed to Los Angeles. And our winners were ...
Tonight's Detour involved a speed-skating race in Seoul, South Korea, and no one really "made the cut," ice-skating-wise. The teams had to complete 24 laps of the stadium course, but there was no time-limit -- which was a good thing, as no one was particularly good at skating. So we were treated to an endless montage of the contestants stumbling and falling on the ice.
Couple Nick and Vicki were fighting -- and it kept getting worse. To start with, Vicki really doesn't like Chinese food, which is a problem if you're visiting Hong Kong, China, the location for this week's leg of the race.
It was here that Vicki's hatred of Chinese cuisine made her lose an eating-related challenge, giving her and Nick a time penalty. Then, the couple got on a boat -- and Nick's grouchiness kicked in.
[Warning: Spoiler alert.]
In St. Petersburg, the teams faced a "Roadblock" challenge. As part of the Russian theme, contestants had to dress up as "basbushkas." This is a Russian term for "grandmother" -- and for a traditional scarf that is tied under the chin.
The male and female players had to dress up like scarf-wearing grandmas. No one was pleased with the task. As "basbushkas," each team member had to plant a row of 50 potatoes, then cover those potatoes with ... manure.
[Warning: Spoiler alert.]
On the previous episode, the players had to travel from the equator to the Arctic Circle. This time around, the goal was a lot easier. The contestants went from Sweden to Norway -- two countries that are right next to each other. But a shorter trip didn't equal fewer problems.
TV home shopping hosts Claire and Brook quickly ran into trouble. While rushing to the Norwegian marina -- the final pitstop for the day -- Brook suffered possibly the oddest injury in reality show history. She cut herself on the face, somehow slashing her eyelid while slamming down the door of a car. Ouch!
The players left Ghana, Africa and headed to the Swedish/Norwegian border. As there are no direct flights from Ghana to the Swedish border, the teams faced a circuitous journey. The obstacles along the way included a sled dog race and a stop at a hotel made entirely of ice.
The series, which will be shopped to U.S. networks, will follow solo skippers as they risk their lives during an intense nine-month yacht race around the world.
"Extreme adventure sports have been captured many times, but what makes this race so unique is the world's best sailors will take on the unforgiving oceans alone," Keoghan said. "This is a fantastic opportunity to share a physical and mental challenge that will test competitors beyond what seems humanly possible and at the same time highlight the planet's awe inspiring oceans."
Here are more details from the race's official website:
"Racing begins in La Rochelle on October 17, 2010 with the skippers heading for Cape Town in South Africa. From there they will head into the notorious Southern Ocean stopping at Wellington in New Zealand before rounding Cape Horn and making for Salvador in Brazil. A short hop up the coast to Charleston in South Carolina, USA, makes up the fourth leg before the skippers set off across the Atlantic to complete the race in La Rochelle in May 2011."
(S16E11) Yikes, it's the penultimate episode of 'The Amazing Race' already? Where did the season go? But, thinking back, I barely remember some of the earliest departing teams. I would have predicted that two of the teams in the final four would be here due to their early successes on legs. The other two, not so much.
However, on this show, the final four means little. It's the final three who finish the race, win or lose. If the final four were the criteria, perhaps we'd have a season finale which lasts more than an hour. For a top Emmy-winning reality show, the hour season premiere and hour season finale just doesn't cut it with me. I want more!
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