Will you watch an all-star 'Amazing Race'?

According to this morning’s Variety, CBS is planning an all-star edition of The Amazing Race for its upcoming 11th season. While there’s no final word on which former Amazing Racers made the cut, the cast is expected to include reality veterans Rob and Am-buh, their nemeses Joyce and Uchenna, as well as David and Mary.

I know I’ve been cranky about everything all morning, but to me, all-star editions of reality series are Rated Boooo!, much better on paper than on the actual screen. Half the fun of shows like TAR is watching how average folks will respond to the extraordinary rules of the games they’re playing, watching them push their physical limitations and occasionally devolve into Ugly Americans. Once a player has been through the experience — not to mention been deemed a "fan favorite" — the freshness is lost, and oftentimes, you end up with folks playing out the preordained characters they think they’re expected to embody, rather than keeping it real.

That said, since it appears CBS is committed to this All-Star edition, they better include Team Cha-Cha-Cha. What say you, PopWatchers?


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  • Matt

    I wouldnt watch it period. Big Brother All Stars was freakin insane, and I dont mean that in a good way. I never watched Survivor All-Stars, but CBS needs to lay the whole deal to rest. I knew beyond a doubt that there would be a Race All-stars. This is just something CBS does when they cant think of anything else for these type of shows.
    One question: Look at the ratings for all the seasons of Big Brother. They were really good and then look at the ratings for All-Stars. HUGE difference. It even almost killed the show and as a religious BB fan, All-Stars is not how I wanted to see the show go out.

  • Stacey

    I like the idea. Of course I am in the minority and liked the Family Edition. But I disagree about David and Mary being included. While they were nice, they weren’t good racers. Sticked around only due to alliance and not their skills. And not one of the top teams ever. The race has to include Dustin and Kandance as they are best all female team ever. I am intrigued by the idea. Because as Survivor showed and even Big Brother. Not everyone the second time around can do it. Especially not the winners. Especially if other teams have seen your strengths and weaknesses. Wish Rob and Amber weren’t included, but I am sure they would be. Wow, it’ been around 10 rounds. Hard to pick favorite teams, because there have been so many…

  • Mariane

    How are David and Mary All-Stars? It should be a competition of all the teams that came in second. They played a good game and were usually done in by circumstances, like taxi drivers or plane connections, at the very end.

  • graeme

    I’d watch it just to see Charla & Myrna again.
    But I don’t think I could handle seeing Joyce & Ucheena lose cause them winning was my favorite reality tv moment ever.

  • Scott

    While it may sound nice to see some of my favorite past teams again, this would likely devolve into another terrible Survivor Allstars (especially if Rob and Amber come back…aren’t their 15 minutes long over??). I think this is a bad idea and I will most likely skip the season (like I should have with Family Edition).

  • Vance

    I don’t think this one is as bad of an idea as Survivor All Stars since it’s not really about alliaces (as much as the Cho Brothers would like to believe). It’s a RACE where the outcome won’t really be determined by the dynamics between teams.
    Anyways, if Team Cha Cha Cha is in, I am THERE!
    As long as they keep the race in places that don’t really know them yet (let’s go back to Mongolia!) then I think it should be fine.

  • Vance

    Uh, I meant Alliances.

  • Betsy

    I think it would be fun to use some of our “dating at the time” couples who progressively hated eachother’s guts over the course of the race and broke up after the race was done.
    I also love some Terry and Ian!

  • Craig

    I am usually right with you Slezak, but I couldn’t disagree with you more on this one. I like all-star shows for the most part. I find it interesting to watch people who are already familiar with the nuances of the game compete with one another. For me, it just ups the tension… and that is my favorite part of the Amazing Race. And if Charla and Myrna are back, I will be glued to the tv. “I just got electrocuted!” is my favorite reality tv moment EVER.

  • Debbie

    I’d much rather see a “Celebrity” Amazing Race!

  • michael

    I just wanna say that I, too, love me some Charla and Mirna. And besides the “I just got electrocuted!” moment, I LOVE when they had to corral the goats on the boat and Charla had the biggest problem and screamed, “MIRNA! That’s the mean one!”

  • Thad

    Reichen and….Lance

  • nd

    i’d love to see the hippies again.

  • Al

    Instead of an all-star Amazing Race, why not do a Celebrity Amazing Race? You know, where Screech and Zach from Saved by the Bell race against, say, Andrea and Kelly from 90210?
    How about that instead??

  • ericalina

    i am most certainly a glutton for punishment but id love to see linda and karen, the bowling moms; adam and rebecca, the no-longer-a-couple-couple that gave us some of the BEST fights and insults (though she’s moved onto to more reality tv since then); meredith and gretchen, the old people; and the loud new york family (the dipolos?).
    as well as uchenna and joyce of course :)

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