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Interview: Dave & Connor discuss their 'Amazing Race: All-Stars' win

30 May 2014 9:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Whether you love them or wish they'd stop talking about Dave's age, his Achilles and the evils of Brendon & Rachel, you can't deny that Dave & Connor were deserving winners for this "Amazing Race: All-Stars" season. After having to self-eliminate from their first season after Dave's injury, the father-son team won a whopping six Legs -- they'll be taking tropical vacations together for years to come -- and never really faced any serious jeopardy. Did they do anything impressive in that Final Leg to win? Not really. But they got to Phil Keoghan first and that's all that matters. In the process, they became the first parent-child team to win "The Amazing Race" and Dave, as he mentioned so frequently, became the oldest individual winner.  In their exit interview, which finally concludes my spring reality exit interviews, Dave & Connor discuss their comfortable "Amazing Race" triumph, Dave talks about his age and »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Brendon & Rachel talk 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'

28 May 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Does anybody still remember the "Amazing Race: All-Stars" finale?  My apologies. I'm apologizing both for how long it took me to get to these exit interviews -- Last week was a bear -- but really I'm apologizing because you still remember what was almost certainly the dullest finale in the 24-season history of the Emmy-winning juggernaut.  Brendon & Rachel probably haven't forgotten the finale. That's because they made it all the way to the last Leg of "The Amazing Race" for the second time and, once again, finished in third. And this time, they didn't really do anything wrong. They got a bad cab driver. Yes, they got a little bit lost wandering around the Mirage in Las Vegas, but they were already behind the other two teams entirely because of their cabbie in a Leg that didn't feature a single challenge that allowed teams to wreath themselves in any glory at all. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' host Phil Keoghan previews the finale

16 May 2014 10:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan really wants to do an "Amazing Race" reunion. I mention this, because in the two times I've talked to Keoghan in the past couple years, that is the only repeated point. "Survivor" has reunions after each season and Keoghan would like "The Amazing Race" to follow suit.  Keoghan and I got on the phone last week to discuss the upcoming conclusion to "The Amazing Race: All-Stars," a season that is heading towards its conclusion on Sunday (May 18) night with Jen & Caroline, Brendon & Rachel and Dave & Connor still in the running for the big prize. We talked about the biggest story lines surrounding each of the remaining teams. Is Dave's quest to become the oldest "Amazing Race" winner a notable one? Are Brendon & Rachel capable of actually being underdogs? And should we be dismissive of the Country Blondes because of the amount of assistance they've gotten from other teams? »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Jet & Cord talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

10 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Where have all the Cowboys gone? Well, on last week's "Amazing Race: All-Stars," they were U-Turned by Afghanimals Leo & Jamal, forcing them to perform a second Detour in Seville and effectively eliminating Jet & Cord for the third time on the CBS reality favorite. With their high spirits, stubborn independence and frequently faulty sense of direction, Cowboys Jet & Cord have long been favorites for "Amazing Race" fans and this latest season was no different. As the other teams bonded and bickered, the Cowboys continued to be Lone Rangers and, as usual, that worked out pretty well for them.  Jet & Cord won the season's first Leg (and promptly handed over their second Express Pass to Jen & Caroline who, miraculously, remain in the Race) and added one first and four second place finishes. That put a big target on them, which is why Leo & Jamal U-Turned them, rather than sticking with their »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Flight Time & Big Easy talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

26 April 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I interview The Globetrotters, they're doing what they do best: Trotting the globe. Nate "Big Easy" Lofton and Herb "Flight Time" Lang were eliminated from "The Amazing Race" All-Stars" on last Sunday's episode. It was the third time they've been on "The Amazing Race" and the third time they've gone home without winning, which you'd think would sting for a pair of basketball players who, by nature of their professional affiliation, never lose.  Actually, you probably wouldn't think that if you've paid attention to Flight Time & Big Easy, who have earned the right to compete thrice on "Amazing Race" by virtue of their unflagging enthusiasm and their eagerness to entertain both viewers at home and every passer-by at every international location. Flight Time & Big Easy like to make people smile when they're on "The Amazing Race" and when they're not being followed by CBS cameras, they're usually still on the road making people smile. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Margie & Luke talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

29 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On Sunday (March 23) night, Margie & Luke had one of those rough "Amazing Race" Legs that happen every couple seasons. They started near the back of the pack and after an unfortunate flight situation they were in dead last as they reached Sri Lanka, many hours behind the other teams. Even though Brendon & Rachel faced a SpeedBump in the Leg, Team "Big Brother" made a successful travel gamble and pulled even with the other teams. Margie & Luke never got close enough to even see another team at a challenge, much less stick around. That actually made for a relaxed Leg for the mother/son team, who were in their third tour of "Amazing Race" duty. They needed it after a rough last Leg in Kuala Lumpur, where a bartending Detour frustrating Luke, who couldn't attempt the alternative DJing Detour because he's deaf.  In this week's exit interview, Luke & Margie talk about »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Joey & Meghan talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

15 March 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

So far, this “Amazing Race: All-Stars” season has frustrated me a bit. I didn’t love the huge gap between the first and second flights in the premiere, nor that we had an entire episode determined by wandering around looking for wedding dresses. I also didn’t love that this past week’s episode saw six teams get an insurmountable three-hour advantage based only on taxi-based luck, leaving the remaining three teams with a no-margin-for-error window to avoid elimination. Not surprisingly, as frustrated as I’ve been, Joey Graceffa & Meghan Camarena  are even more disappointed. Team YouTube spent finished in next-to-last in the first Leg and, with very little room for advancement, started the next two Legs in last. Unable to get on that first flight out of China, there were left running against John & Jessica and Brendon & Rachel. Last Sunday’s Leg came down to a simple mistake: At a Roadblock, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Mark & Mallory talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

8 March 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Doing "The Amazing Race" with somebody you know and love certainly doesn't mean you're going to get along. Duh.  Facing the unique pressures of a televised race around the world, we've watched married couples, best friends, siblings and parents-and-children get lost in squabbles both petty and significant. Usually after the fighting is over, the partners profess to continued love and the relationships, either by blood or by choice, can be expected to continue as before. It's part of the charm of "The Amazing Race." This All-Stars season, though, "The Amazing Race" bucked formula. When Bopper had to bail on the season just hours before it began, Mark was allowed to race with Mallory, of Gary & Mallory fame, already a two-time contestant. They'd met previously, but she claimed not to know his last name. [It's Jackson.] The Mark & Mallory experiment lasted for two Legs. In last Sunday's episode, the mismatched pair ran into »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Amazing Race's Mark and Mallory: Our Communication Was Bad

3 March 2014 12:45 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The new — but not necessarily improved — Team Kentucky didn't last long on The Amazing Race All-Stars. After Mallory replaced Bopper to race with Mark, the hybrid duo became the second team eliminated on Sunday after they forgot Mark's backpack at the Roadblock and debated whether or not to go back and get it. "I think we were at a disadvantage from the beginning with communication," Mallory tells TVGuide.com. "We didn't know each other well and we didn't talk about anything about the Race since I came in so late." See what else the two had to say about their last-minute pairing, how the Detour also set the back and if they'd ever race together again.

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- Joyce Eng

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Baby Bear's Soup'

3 March 2014 1:22 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This happens every year, so I should stop complaining about it. Every year, it seems that "The Amazing Race" manages to start one week ahead of the Oscars, so it's one ordinary week of recapping responsibilities and then...  Bam... An evening spent covering the Academy Awards, followed by a late-night "Amazing Race" recap.  All that means is that I already had most of my soul slurped from my brain by Ellen DeGeneres taking selfies and ordering pizza, John Travolta bumbling Idina Menzel's name, the discovery that Kim Novak is still alive, various "12 Years a Slave" people forgetting to thank each other, Matthew McConaughey's three rules to live by and other bits of Oscar silliness. I'm sleepy. However, it was an eventful episode of "The Amazing Race" and even if it wasn't a perfect episode, some pretty big things happen and those things need to be discussed, so I'm »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Interview: Natalie & Nadiya talk 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars'

28 February 2014 5:16 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Normally the first team eliminated on "The Amazing Race" ends up being pretty anonymous, because it's just too hard for producers to give quality time to so many players in a crowded premiere episode. Say what you want about All-Star seasons or the specific All-Stars this season, but very few people were ambivalent about Twinnies Natalie & Nadiya Anderson, who earned fans and haters alike for their first season, which included a contentious money incident, some smart U-Turn strategy and lots and lots and lots of yelling. On Sunday's "Amazing Race" premiere, though, only the yelling was in evidence and even that was half-hearted after a while. Natalie & Nadiya got an early advantage getting on the first of two flights to China, but struggles in a wedding district saw them fall from first to last. By the time they started bickering at the top of the Canton Tower over ferris wheel cars, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Amazing Race's Bopper: Withdrawal Was "Heartbreaking"

25 February 2014 9:28 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The Amazing Race All-Stars made its first elimination before the race even started. That "gut-wrenching" start Phil Keoghan described saw fan fave Bopper bow out at the starting line due to an inflamed pancreas. Instead of his Bff Mark withdrawing as well, Bopper was replaced by fellow Kentuckian and now three-time Racer Mallory. "The whole thing was just terrible timing," Bopper tells TVGuide.com. "But as much as I wish I could've gone, I wanted Mark to go even more. He shouldn't miss out on this because of me." See what else the Season 20 alum had to say about his withdrawal and how it all went down. 

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- Joyce Eng

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Interview: Bopper discusses his 'Amazing Race: All-Stars' medical exit

24 February 2014 9:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Amazing Race" has had twists that sent teams home before leaving Los Angeles, but no Racer has ever gone less distance than William "Bopper" Minton.   Sunday (February 23) night's "Amazing Race: All-Stars" premiere began with a sad twist for Team Kentucky.    Bopper, a fan favorite who cheered for partner Mark through an arduous, health-testing Bollywood challenge in their first season, began experiencing internal pain the night before the Race was set to begin, was diagnosed with an inflamed pancreas and was told he shouldn't Race. Instead, Mark was paired, seemingly out of nowhere, with fellow Kentuckian Mallory, making her third appearance on the show, but her first without father Gary.   That's the narrative as presented by "The Amazing Race" on Sunday.   On Monday morning, I talked with Bopper about his medical condition, how he handled it and how the show handled it. Bopper explained his recent perfect storm of catastrophes »

- Daniel Fienberg

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The Amazing Race Season 24: Find Out Which All-Star Was Eliminated Before the Race Began!

23 February 2014 8:30 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Grab those backpacks and pull out your passports—It's time for an all-new, all-star edition of The Amazing Race! CBS' Emmy Award-winning reality competition is back, bur this time the teams are comprised of fan-favorites who are ready for their second chance at the grand prize. Sunday night's season 24 premiere re-introduced many of the couples that Amazing Race fans already know and love. However, there was an extra suitcase full of drama in tonight's episode: One of the all-stars didn't even make it to the starting line! Get ready to send your "Get Well Soon" cards to… William "Bopper" Martin!  Before the first leg of the race began, »

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' Premiere - 'Back in the Saddle'

23 February 2014 7:38 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Season 24 of "The Amazing Race" started on Sunday (February 23) night with an episode that inverted the show's ideal momentum. There was a shocking, sad and emotional twist before we got to the opening credits, but then 50 minutes later, the episode concluded without any cursory effort at creating suspense or tension.    And the editors couldn't have created tension even if they wanted to, as the "All-Stars" season began with a purely designed Leg featuring two needle-in-a-haystack -- not especially big haystacks, either -- plus a Roadblock that failed to inject even an iota of difficulty into the game.    For a season that was already plagued by skepticism regarding the "favorite" status of several of the team selections, this was not an ideal premiere, now was it?   I'd love to have more to talk about from Sunday's hour, but it wasn't well-suited for recapping, either.    I'll do my best after the break, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Phil Keoghan Teases 'Amazing Race All-Stars' Drama

21 February 2014 3:34 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Phil Keoghan previews what to expect this season on The Amazing Race: All-Stars, including a shocking twist on the first episode that surprised even him.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars premieres this Sunday on CBS and for fans of the show, there's someone for everyone in the cast. From affable cowboys Jet and Cord, to inspiring father-son cancer survivors Dave and Connor, to small-town best friends Mark and Bopper, fans are already loving this season's crop of contestants. Now, Race host Phil Keoghan is dishing all to ETonline about the new season, including revealing a twist in the first episode that even shocked him.

ETonline: I'm really excited about the All-Star season. Almost everyone you picked are people that I personally love and am excited to see come back.

Phil Keoghan: Who knew that picking All-Stars would be such a topic of conversation with fans? It's amazing how people start weighing in on the teams they like »

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‘The Amazing Race’ Reveals All-Star Teams For Season 24

27 January 2014 9:49 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Say hello (again!) to the 22 contestants battling for glory on ‘The Amazing Race’ next month, then tell us: Which team(s) are you rooting for?

CBS has some Amazing news for fans of its long-running reality competition hit! The network just revealed the 11 former teams returning to compete on The Amazing Race‘s upcoming 24th season, and we see more than a few of HollywoodLife.com‘s favorites in the bunch.

The new season, which begins Feb. 23, will be the first taste of The Amazing Race for hungry fans, who have been desperate for the show’s return ever since Jason Case and Amy Diaz were declared the winners of Season 23.

The Amazing Race’ Season 24: Meet The All-Star Teams

1. William “Bopper” Minton and Mark Jackson (Season 20)

2. Joey Graceffa and Meghan Caramena (Season 22)

3. Natalie and Nadiya Anderson (Season 21)

4. Margie O’Donnell and Luke Adams (Seasons 14 and 18)

5. John Erck and Jessica Hoel »

- Andy Swift

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'Amazing Race' all-stars: Meet the teams for Season 24

27 January 2014 9:45 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"The Amazing Race" is doing a third season where all the teams are returning players and now the cast has been revealed, including three teams where this will be their third time around on the CBS reality competition show -- third time's the charm?

See all the returning teams in our photos gallery. The teams include:

Margie O'Donnell and Luke Adams, mother/son, Season 14 (3rd place) and Season 18 (2nd place)

Herbert "Flight Time" Lang and Nate "Big Easy" Lofton, Harlem Globetrotters, Season 15 (4th place) and Season 18 (2nd place)

Cord and Jet McCoy, brothers, Season 16 (2nd place) and Season 18 (6th place)

Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly, "Big Brother" married couple, Season 20 (3rd place)

William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson, friends, Season 20 (5th place)

Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, twin sisters, Season 21 (4th place)

Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth, country singers/friends, Season 22 (4th place)

David and Connor O'Leary, father/son cancer survivors, »

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Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas Will Compete on The Amazing Race - Again

27 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Will the second time again be the charm for Rachel Reilly? It took two tries for Reilly to win Big Brother, and now, after coming up short on The Amazing Race in 2012, Reilly and husband Brendon Villegas are getting another chance at racing around the world on the new all-star edition of the CBS reality show. "We were ecstatic to be asked back," Reilly tells People. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that we have been lucky enough to do twice!" The first time Reilly and Villegas - known to their fans as "Brenchel" - competed on The Amazing Race, »

- Patrick Gomez

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