Sunday, 4 April 2004
The Amazing Race 5 broadcast dates scheduled
Tentative broadcast dates and times in the USA for the upcoming fifth season of the reality television show about travel around the world, The Amazing Race, have reported been set by CBS-TV for Tuesday nights from the 4th of July through Labor Day this summer.
CBS hasn't officially confirmed the planned schedule (probably because broadcast dates and times are always subject to change), but Variety reports that "The Amazing Race 5" will premiere on CBS-TV in the USA from 9:30-11 p.m. EDT/PDT (8:30-10 p.m. CDT/MDT) on Tuesday, 6 July 2004, immediately following the "Big Brother 5" premiere. Subsequent episodes of "The Amazing Race 5" will run Tuesdays from 10-11 p.m. EDT/PDT (9-10 p.m. CDT/MDT), also immediately following "Big Brother 5."
Once again this season, I'll be providing weekly commentary on the travel lessons of each episode. This season, one of my special correspondents spotted and tracked the race through their home town near its conclusion, and I'll be including their guest commentary and links to exclusive high-quality photographs of the racers and the production crew in action, when that episode is broadcast.
There's been no report of planned broadcast times in Canada, where "The Amazing Race" has had much larger market share than in the USA -- not surprising given how much larger a proportion of Canadians travel overseas, compared to people in the USA, and in spite of resentment across Canada of the exclusion of Canadians from eligibility to apply for the cast of "The Amazing Race" (which is limited to citizens of the USA).
As for the cast of "The Amazing Race 5", Associated Press reports from her hometown in Pennsylvania that Alison Irwin, a member of the cast and runner-up on last year's "Big Brother 4", and her "boyfriend", Donny Patrick, will appear as one of the 11 two-member teams of contestants on TAR 5.
This isn't the first time some members of the cast of contestants have bypassed the elaborate open (to USA citizens) application process for "The Amazing Race". In each of the previous seasons, I've been told, some of the teams have been chosen for the cast without even having applied; invited to apply by casting scouts for CBS and/or the TAR production company;or selected after applying to particpate in different reality shows, such as "Survivor".
David from The Amazing Race 4" described his invitation process like this when we talked in September 2003, following the conclusion of the TAR 4 broadcasts:
EH: Did you originally apply [for TAR 4], or did they approach you?
David Dean: They approached us. We were actually out one night, and these two girls walked up to Jeff and I and asked us if we were interested in being in "Survivor", and we said, "No, not really." And they said, "Well, what about 'The Amazing Race'?" And so we asked them to tell us more about that. [We] ended up auditioning and going through that process. But we sort of got expedited through that process, because of the fact that they approached us and we didn't do the video or anything like that.
EH: Didn't do a video at all?
David Dean: No. Well, we started to, but then I just said, "You know, we don't have time to do it, so if you need us to do a video, forget it." They were like, "No, no, no, just come in for the audition."
EH: Had you ever watched any of the previous seasons at all... before they came up to you and said, "Would you want to be on "The Amazing Race"? Did you even know what it was about?
David Dean: No, I don't think I did.
I hope you'll all be travelling, this (northern hemisphere) summer as always. But if not, tune in 6 July 2004 for your next fix of travel television "reality", and check back here the next day for for the armchair travel quarterbacking.Link | Posted by Edward on Sunday, 4 April 2004, 21:30 ( 9:30 PM)