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Muscles in Brussels on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:30AM
'The Amazing Race' 19There was no room to hide on this week's episode of 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) when the Racers visited the European Parliament Building in Brussels, Belgium. Sadly for them, they weren't there to learn about the political machinations of the European Union, or to sample such Belgian gastronomic delights as beer, or mussels and fries with mayonnaise.

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.

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Twitter Helps Save One 'Amazing Race' Team from Early Philimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 4:15AM
'The Amazing Race 19' season premiere - 'Kindness of Strangers'For Kaylani and Lisa, their adventure with 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) nearly came to an end before they even arrived at LAX to leave the country. When stopping for directions, Kaylani accidentally knocked her passport out of the car, but when they returned for it, it was gone.

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.

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'The Amazing Race' Renewed for Season 20

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 16th 2011 2:20PM
The Amazing RaceTen years in and 'The Amazing Race' shows no sign of slowing down.

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.

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ABC Picks Up Ashley Judd Series 'Missing,' 'Breaking In' Could Live On and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted May 12th 2011 6:00PM
Ashley JuddABC has picked up the Ashley Judd drama 'Missing' to series.

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]

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Flying Cheese, Zorbs & HD: Phil Keoghan Looks Back on 10 Years of 'Amazing Race'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 9th 2011 12:20PM
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing RaceAfter a decade of hosting 'The Amazing Race,' which wrapped up its 18th season last night, Phil Keoghan could use some sleep.

"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.

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Who Will Win 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business'? Host Phil Keoghan Weighs In

by Jean Bentley, posted May 6th 2011 3:15PM
Phil KeoghanThe stakes are even higher than normal for the final four teams on this season of 'The Amazing Race.' Considering each pair has competed on the Race once before -- and failed -- they've all had a lot to prove.

"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.

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Phil Keoghan Plays 'The Amazing Taste' on 'Rachael Ray' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 3rd 2011 2:00PM
Phil Keoghan Plays 'The Amazing Taste' on 'Rachael Ray'Host Phil Keoghan plays a food-related version of 'The Amazing Race' on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated). The game, which is called "The Amazing Taste," requires Keoghan to sample a variety of food with his eyes covered.

"So '9 1/2 Weeks,' right?" observed Rachael Ray, while feeding Indian food to a blindfolded Keoghan.

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'The Amazing Race' Season Finale -- Who Are the Winners? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 13th 2010 5:32AM
'The Amazing Race' Season Finale -- Who Are the Winners? Well, everything must come to an end. After four continents and 30 different countries, this season of 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS) came to a halt. To reach the finish line, the teams had to cover over 32,000 miles. (For comparison's sake, circling the entire globe is only a 22,000-mile journey.)

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 ...

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'The Amazing Race': The Teams Skate (and Fall) in South Korea (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 6th 2010 3:20AM
'The Amazing Race': The Teams Skate (and Fall) in South KoreaAnd we're back for the penultimate installment of 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS). Which is exciting, because how often do you get to use the word "penultimate"? (Only once per season, as it turns out). We had four teams left, but only three spots for the final episode. So, who would make the cut? Well, that depends on your definition of the term.

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.

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'The Amazing Race': A Team Decides to Quit During a Contest (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 29th 2010 4:21AM
'The Amazing Race': A Team Decides to Quit During a ContestIt was a fight to reach the finish on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS). One team kept getting slower and slower. But hey -- speed isn't everything. And a wise man once said this: "The race is not to the swift." On the other hand, the race isn't won by the cranky, either. And it's hard to win if you quit in the middle of things.

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.

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Grandmothers, Poop and Potatoes on 'The Amazing Race' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 1st 2010 5:53AM
Grandmothers, Poop and Potatoes on 'The Amazing Race'On 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), the teams traveled from Norway to St. Petersburg, Russia. This was a distance of over 1,200 miles. But sometimes, it's not the journey -- it's what you have to face at the destination.

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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.

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'Amazing Race': Brook Cuts Her Eyelid on a Car Door (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 25th 2010 3:15AM
'Amazing Race': Brook Cuts Her Eyelid on a Car DoorWe had a bad -- and weird -- injury on tonight's 'Amazing Race' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on CBS). Would the player in question manage to power through? And would it all be worthwhile?

[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!

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'The Amazing Race': Trapped in a Hotel Made Entirely of Ice (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 18th 2010 2:53AM
'The Amazing Race': Trapped in a Hotel Made Entirely of IceTonight on 'The Amazing Race' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), the teams had to travel from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. That's a really long trip! But when they arrived in the arctic, two of the contestants got a very "chilly" reception. (And we won't do any more cold-related puns, we promise.)

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.

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'Amazing Race's' Phil Keoghan Shopping New Yacht-Racing Series

by Sharon Knolle, posted Jun 21st 2010 10:08PM
'Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan is signing up for a new race around the world: He'll host and co-produce a new reality series about the Velux 5 Oceans race, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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."

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'The Amazing Race' - 'They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 2nd 2010 11:10PM
Caite counts golden Buddhas on 'The Amazing Race'
(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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