10/5 The Amazing Race 13 Recap Episode 2: First Place By A Nose

The Amazing Race was much more interesting this evening. Some personalities started to come out and we started to have teams we liked and disliked. That makes for a more entertaining competition.

The show begins based on last week’s finishes. The leaders get to start first. But as is the case in almost all Amazing Race episodes, who starts first means nothing? Why? Because they all eventually have to hop a plane to somewhere, and there are rarely planes available to go exactly where you want to go when you need them.

The teams begin in Salvadore, Brazil. Where they ended last week. Nick and Star get to depart at 4:07 AM. The teams have to fly to Porteleza Brazil. The key, of course, is they have to fly. And one by one at different times, everyone scrambles for the airport.

Ken and Tina get to go next, followed by Terence and Sarah. Mark and Bill were next. They tried to play out some drama by having the people speak of their relationships, but it was just filler.

Now, as you would expect, Nick and Star arrived at the airport first. But guess what? The next flight was hours away. Ken and Tina catch up and they all scramble to find a faster way out. By the time they do, they find a 6:45 flight, but it is full. They get on a waiting list with Ken and Tina now in the lead negotiating.

What we found out here is that Tina is narcissistic. The airline notified everyone that they had a larger plane than planned. Tina somehow thought she was the one responsible for the choice of the airline. They had rolled out that bigger plane just for her pruned and painted on eyebrows! Hardly.

Of course, now everyone caught up and everyone got on the plane. They were actually arguing over who got the seats closer to the front. That was what happened to the lead, it was gone.  This very silly saga repeats almost every week. We think it would be much more fair if the flight were not part of the issue. If the teams have to fly they should fly and resume where they left off (with appropriate time gaps). But the drama may be lost as the leading team expands its lead, so they have to keep on causing ties to give the weaker teams a chance.

Ken and Tina somehow ended up behind Terence and Sarah. Things happen funny on airlines. But Tina informed Terence and Sarah that they wouldn’t have even gotten on the flight if she hadn’t arranged it. This was stupid on Tina’s part. If it didn’t get arranged (by the airline with a larger plane), Tina wouldn’t have a seat either. The fact that it was got everybody seats. We hate narcissism. And we hate husbands that endorse it in their partners acting the hero. Terence stood up to Tina because he did not believe it. Neither did we. Ted said he didn’t care and tried to act the tough guy. He swore and was rude. We do not like Ted. We know had we been in Terence’s situation, we would have told him simply to go to heck.

They kissed and made up though and got on the plane. Then everyone scrambled for cabs off the plane. Some got lost in the airport so some made it out faster than others. Terence and Sarah made it out first, which we appreciated after Terence’s run in with Ted and Tina. In this episode, we decided we want Ted gone. We don’t like him, he cheats on his wife and he cheats in life.

First to the clue box was Terence and Sarah. They had to grab a Dune Buggy to drive up the beach. One by one the teams had to get in the Dune Buggies and boogie up the beach. At the end of the Dune Buggy run, a detour got laid out. Beach it, to roll boats to the sea. The alternative was Docket, which was to find a container in a shipyard after finding it in a database on a computer.

Almost everyone chose the boats. But it was difficult. The nerds took the Docket, but were alone. The scramble was tough, and as usual, at this phase, it was hard to see who is in front. All you get are people bickering with each other.

We watch one by one the folks getting the boats to the water. We could see them flashing quickly who was in what place, but we weren’t sure it meant much.

They had to confront a wall with a ton of foreign language destinations and advertisements and had to pick out their next destination. Mark and Bill were right apparently in choosing the Docket, because they were in first although we never saw them actually find their container. They found their destination on the wall first and got their next clue.

Why someone didn’t just follow them to the cab and follow them we don’t know. Tina somehow caught up and was next to guess. And it turned into a cab race. Kelly and Christy let their cab go when they got their clue and realized they still needed a cab. D’oh.

We were disappointed that Ken and Tina made it first. They won an off-road vehicle. We were disappointed because we don’t like Ken after his posturing at the airport. The nerds got there second. Mark and Bill lost by a hair. The rest in order:

3. Terence & Sarah
4. Aja & Ty
5. Toni & Dallas
6. Nick & Star
7. Kelly & Christy
8. Andrew & Dan
9. Marisa & Brooke
10. Anthony & Stephanie

That makes Anthony and Stephanie dead last. And they were eliminated.

End of story. Night.

9/29 The Amazing Race Season 13 Premiere, Introductions and Results

It is a bit early in the competition to say much, other than introduce the contestants. Believe it or not, they already eliminated one of the teams, an elderly couple that certainly looked like they would not last long. This is the list of players in reverse order of their first week finish.

Anita and Arthur

An elderly couple still living in the 60s, when they were likely middle aged. They didn’t look like they would survive a week. They didn’t. Nuff said.

Marisa and Brooke

They remind us of the blonde’s last year. Preppy, cute, but not as nasty…yet.

Anthony and Stephanie

A couple looking for competition to make them a team. He’s a mortgage broker, she’s a financial saleswoman. We figure if they don’t win, the sub-prime mortgage crisis, they will be broke.

Aja and Ty

A chance to start their marriage with a bang. She is stunning, he is handsome, but are they competitive enough?

Andrew and Dan

Animal house comes to mind. These guys would be the freshmen. Goofy looking, out of shape, and more at home on a couch.

Toni and Dallas

This is a Mother and her Son. Cute names. Cute personalities. Family values.

Kelly and Christy

Supposedly, both Kelly & Cristy just went through bitter divorces. We will see if their marriage as friends lasts out the competition.

Mark and Bill

Proud of their nerd badge, they collect comic books. They seem OK.

Terence and Sarah

He coaches runners and is quite athletic, but he also sells real estate. She has an MBA. Interesting mix.

Ken and Tina

He cheated, they separated, they are hoping the competition will bring them back together.

Nick and Starr

Nick and Star are brother and sister. Sounds similar to Toni and Dallas, but with the sibling rivalry edge. Hoping for some insults and digs from this pair, but they looked great this week.

2008 Emmy Winners for Reality Television Shows


The Emmy Results. This is a small list covering the Reality Television programs only. Get the complete Primetime and Creative Arts list of winners by PDF here.

Best Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Jeff Probst: ‘Survivor’


MELANIE MILLS, Department Head Makeup Artist ABC
ZENA SHTEYSEL, Key Makeup Artist
PATTI RAMSEY BORTOLI, Additional Makeup Artist
NADEGE SCHOENFELD, Additional Makeup Artist

Dancing With The Stars
Episode #503

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY (Juried award: Possibility of one or no award.)

WADE ROBSON, Choreographer FOX
So You Think You Can Dance
Routine: Hummingbird and Flower / “The Chairman’s Waltz”

The Amazing Race to START its 13th Season…

Our favorite CBS Reality TV show is about to begin. The Amazing Race will start airing on September 28, 2008. The CBS website seems to want to conceal this. We have no idea why they would be so stupid as to conceal information about the start of one of their best shows. (As of this writing, there is no update at all on its official website.)

We don’t have much information on the premiere yet as CBS is apparently keeping it close to the vest. So much so, you would think the it was a show about to air on Fox.

We were able to pick this tidbit up from Entertainment Weekly:

Some of the locations will be La Paz, Bolivia and the Cambodian Ruins of Angkor Wat. Wat? We are not sure, but you will find out. There were also some hints at the contestants, but none were worth including here. Something about a divorcing couple looking to restore their marriage. Could yield some very interesting exchanges on the way to Tijuana as their last stop for a quickie divorce.

Fox does such a better job at advertising and promoting their shows, it is no wonder how they became the leading network with the old diehards scratching their heads wondering how it could have happened.

We would have to lie to tell you we knew more, and you know what, either CBS has nothing to hide and this season is more of the same and there really is nothing new to say, or they are blowing a huge chance to promote their new show.

CBS, Clumsy Broadcasting Spastics.

Reality TV Shows We Love Got Emmy Nominations!

5 Nominations for American Idol

• FOX • FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.

Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer
Ken Warwick, Executive Producer
Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Executive Producer
Simon Fuller, Executive Producer

1. Outstanding Reality-competition Program

American Idol Season 7

2. Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality – Competition Program

Ryan Seacrest, Host

3. Outstanding Picture Editing Of Clip Packages For Talk, Performance, Award Or Reality Competition Programs

> Episode 733 (David Cook Goes Home) • Bill DeRonde, Editor

4. Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special

Edward J. Greene, Production Mixer
Randy Faustino, Music Mixer
Andrew Fletcher, PA Mixer
Mike Parker, Monitor Mixer
Gary Long, Playback Music Mixer
Brian Riordan, Pre-Production Packages Mixer
Conner Moore, Pre-Production Packages Mixer
Christian Schrader, Audience Sweetener

5. Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

• Idol Gives Back •

Shiran Stotland, Technical Director
Eric Becker, Technical Director
David Eastwood, Camera
Marc Hunter, Camera
Bobby Highton, Camera
Brian Reason, Camera
Easter Xua, Camera
Danny Bonilla, Camera
George Prince, Camera
Ed Horton, Camera
John Repczynski, Camera
Suzanne Ebner, Camera
Diane Beiderbeck, Camera
Bill Chaikowski, Camera
Alex Hernandez, Camera
Mark Sanford, Video Control


4 Nominations for So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance • FOX • 19 TV Ltd and Dick Clark Productions

Outstanding Choreography

1. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Hummingbird and Flower / ‘The Chairman’s Waltz’

Wade Robson, Choreographer

2. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Transformers / ‘Fuego’

Shane Sparks, Choreographer

3. So You Think You Can Dance • Routine: Table / ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’

Mandy Moore, Choreographer

4. Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-camera Series Or A Special (non-prosthetic)

So You Think You Can Dance • #311

Amy Strozzi, Department Head Makeup Artist
Heather Cummings, Additional Makeup Artist
Tifanie White, Additional Makeup Artist
Crystal Wolfchild, Additional Makeup Artist

6 Nominations for Amazing Race

The Amazing Race • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Executive Producer
Bertram van Munster, Executive Producer
Jonathan Littman, Executive Producer
Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington, Executive Producer
Amy Nabseth Chacon, Co-Executive Producer
Elise Doganieri, Co-Executive Producer
Bill Pruitt, Supervising Producer
Matt Schmidt, Supervising Producer
Mark Vertullo, Supervising Producer
Jarratt Carson, Senior Producer
Giselle Parets, Senior Producer
Phil Keoghan, Producer

1. Outstanding Reality-competition Program

2. Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Per Larsson, Director of Photography
Sylvester Campe, Camera
Tom Cunningham, Camera
Lucas Kenna Mertes, Camera
Peter Rieveschl, Camera

3. Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Bertram van Munster, Director

4. Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Steven Escobar, Editor
Eric Goldfarb, Editor
Julian Gomez, Editor
Andy Kozar, Editor
Jenny Nelson, Editor
Paul Nielsen, Editor
Jacob Parsons, Editor

5. Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single Or Multi-camera)

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Eric Goldfarb, Sound Editor
Andy Kozar, Sound Editor
Paul Nielsen, Sound Editor
Jacob Parsons, Sound Editor
Steven Escobar, Sound Editor
Julian Gomez, Sound Editor
Rick Livingstone, Music Editor

6. Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (single Or Multi-camera)

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something • CBS • Amazing Race Productions Inc. and ABC Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and WorldRace Productions, Inc.

Jim Ursulak, Lead Audio Mixer
Jerry Chabane, Audio Mixer
Dean Gaveau, Audio Mixer
Troy Smith, Re-Recording Mixer

Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something. Episode Number: 142    Season Num: 12    First Aired: Sunday December 30, 2007 • The show’s episode that got the raves is a quote from contestant Jennifer. Her partner and boyfriend Nathan asked: How come Kynt and Vyxsin like…? ; Jennifer then quipped: I don’t know. Honestly, they have witch powers or something…

Kynt and Vyxsin were a memorable couple in the show because of their unique personalities representing the “Goth community in Louisville. Host Phil Keoghan later said to the duo: I have to give you the award for the most fashionable couple ever on The Amazing Race! The couple jovially agreed.

(LR) Nathan and Jennifer | Kynt and Vyxsin

The Amazing Race RoundUp

Amazing Race on CBS

Created by
Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster

Presented by Phil Keoghan

Theme music composer John M. Keane
Composer(s) Mark Phillips
Erik Aho
Dan Beyer
Christopher Holden

Running time 42 minutes

Original channel CBS

Original run September 5, 2001 – present

Premise: An American multiple award-winning TV reality adventure game show; Select the team of two or four among the competitors to win $1 million grand prize.

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