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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 7 - 'Do You Want Me To Hold Your Hand?'

April 14th, 2014 10:01am EDT
The Amazing Race
It’s afternoon and teams open the first cryptic clue of the Leg telling them to fly to the Eternal City and find Hadrian’s Bridge. Some teams know what the Eternal City is, others don’t. Rachel thinks it’s in Ethiopia.

But all teams end up on the same direct flight from Sri Lanka to Rome, Italy departing later that night.

Arriving in Rome the next morning, Brendon & Rachel, Caroline & Jennifer, Leo & Jamal and Jessica & John manage to leave the airport first having been able to sit in the front of the plane and able to take the first shuttle bus to the terminal. The Globetrotters, Cowboys...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 6 - 'I Got Elephant Dungs In My Face.'

March 31st, 2014 9:33am EDT
Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 6 - 'I Got Elephant
It’s early morning and teams open their first clues of the 6th Leg pointing them to the Dutch Museum where they will have to search the Hall of Headstones for their next clue.

HOURS OF OPERATION! It’s a mad dash into the museum at 8:30am. They open the next clue telling them to take a train to the city of Alawwa and find the next clue at Ceypetco Fuel Station.

The teams stick together on the hour and a half train ride. After enjoying the short peace and calm, it’s another rush out of the train. Brendon & Rachel decide to cross the tracks on the right side of the train instead of getting o...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 5 - 'She Could Be, Like, A Super Sewer'

March 24th, 2014 10:38am EDT
The Amazing Race
Teams open up the first clue of the Leg telling them to fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Teams can either buy tickets at the Triways Travel Cafe & Boutique travel agency or go straight to the airport.

The leading teams find a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo leaving at 11pm and arriving at midnight. Margie & Luke’s taxi driver drives past the travel agency, so they go straight to the airport. Brendon & Rachel go the travel agent and learn the direct flight is fully booked.

Their only other option is to connect through Singapore, but they only have 30 minutes between flights. The manag...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 4 - 'Smarter, Not Harder'

March 17th, 2014 9:15am EDT
The Amazing Race
Teams start out the fourth Leg of the Race by first heading to the longhouse at Prince Philip Park where they immediately find the Road Block.

For this Road Block, teams will take part in a traditional Marut cultural competition where they will jump on a bamboo trampoline known as a Lansaran to grab the flag above them adjusted to their height.

Cord starts the Road Block first, but struggles allowing Connor and Leo to pass him and Jet. It takes Cord 47 attempts. Luke and Big Easy are next and don’t have as much trouble.

Caroline is up and she has trouble trying to get the rhythm. Jessica...

CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

March 13th, 2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 3 - 'I thought I Was Gonna Die.'

March 10th, 2014 10:34am EDT
Rachel performs the Detour
It’s time for teams to fly out of China and head to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Teams can only fly on one of two flights with the first flight only able to take six teams. The last three will take a flight leaving three hours later.

Brendon & Rachel are the first to leave the Pit Stop, but they get stuck in traffic. And with the teams arriving within minutes of each other, they end up falling behind and allowing six teams to check-in for the first flight before them.

Brendon & Rachel are now on the second flight with Joey & Meghan and Jessica & John who joke about them being the final...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 2 - 'I can’t believe you just sold me out like that.'

March 3rd, 2014 10:55am EST
The Amazing Race
First ever short version of the opening title sequence and here we go.

Jet & Cord open the first clue of the Leg telling teams to head to the Chen Clan Academy where they must stand still in front of the Master to receive their next clue.

They ask a local who can’t speak English, but who tells them that it’s too far to walk to, maybe 50 minutes. The Cowboys understand 5-15 minutes so they go on foot.

Brendon & Rachel are next to leave and Rachel leads Brendon through the shrubbery to keep the other teams from seeing them. Margie & Luke meanwhile start the Leg off snippy with each other a...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 1 - 'That Was Dumb'

February 24th, 2014 9:10am EST
Recap: 'The Amazing Race' All-Stars, Episode 1 - 'That Was Dumb'
The UCLA Bruin Marching Band plays a rousing rendition of the TAR theme as Phil introduces us to the 11 teams he, Bertram van Munster and Co. and some CBS meddlers think are worthy to be called All-Stars.

The so-called “All-Stars” are:
Jet & Cord, the annoying, self-righteous, homophobic cowboy brothers from TAR16 and TAR18. Caroline & Jennifer, the country singers and Bates & Anthony tag-a-longs from TAR22. Natalie & Nadiya, the Sri Lankan Twinnies from TAR21. Brendon & Rachel, married and would-be winners had it not been for their HUGE blunder in TAR20. Jessica & John, Oy vey! The du...

'The Amazing Race' 23, Season Finale - 'Thanks For Not Helping Me!'

December 9th, 2013 8:54am EST
Amy and Nicole perform the Road Block
The penultimate Leg begins as teams are told to fly to Tokyo. At the travel agency, Jason & Amy and Travis & Nicole try to make a pact with Tim & Marie that they will work together this Leg to ensure Leo & Jamal get eliminated and they are the final three.

All four teams book tickets that get them into Tokyo via Singapore and Bangkok at 6:20am. But at the Bandung airport, Leo & Jamal manage to find a flight via Hong Kong from Singapore that gets them in at 6:10am. At Singapore, they confirm their seats and are on the first plane into Japan, leaving the other teams wondering where they are....

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 10 - 'My Husband Looks Like The Sexiest Drag Queen Ever'

December 2nd, 2013 9:53am EST
Amy performs the Detour
The 10th Leg of the Race begins and teams will start it off with a hearty breakfast of grilled cobra which locals enjoy for its healing benefits.

Leo & Jamal find the King Cobra House at Ciwangun Indah Camp (CIC) and realize what they must eat. While 3rd and 4th place teams Jason & Amy and Nicole & Travis find the location easily, Tim & Marie get dropped off at the South Entrance instead of the North Entrance. They start searching the area and wonder why no other teams are there.

Leo & Jamal decide to tell the others that Tim & Marie had already sped through the task even though everyon...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 9 - 'Part Like The Red Sea'

November 25th, 2013 9:33am EST
Tim & Marie perform a task
For this 9th Leg of the Race, it’s time to head to Bandung, Indonesia. All teams are on the same flights to Bandung via Bangkok and Singapore, which allows Leo & Jamal to confront Nicole & Travis at the airport about the U-Turn in the last Leg.

Nicole & Travis explain that they are not going to stoop to their level of lying and cheating while Leo & Jamal say it’s only a matter of time before the doctors break.

Once in Bandung, teams must hop into taxis to head to the Ram Arena in the village of Rancaekek for their next clue. Nicole & Travis arrive first and read the Route Info… an actual ...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 8 - 'Ooo, You Gettin’ All Fancy On Me!'

November 18th, 2013 9:51am EST
A camel waits at the Detour
It’s time for the 8th Leg of the Race. To get going on this Leg, teams must use their satchel of Viking coins they obtained in Norway and decipher a code that will unlock a Ford Explorer. The symbols on their coins must be placed in the order that they are stenciled on the satchel. Flipped over, the coins reveal the five-digit sequence needed to open the SUV.

Leo & Jamal are the first out of the Pit Stop and open the clue telling teams to head into the Al Khatim Desert to find the Boudthib Endurance Village. Jason & Amy go the wrong way while Nicole & Travis catch up to the cousins. Tim & ...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 7 - 'I Suck At Dates!'

November 11th, 2013 9:12am EST
Ally performs the road block
Teams set off for the 7th Leg of the Race and must fly from Vienna to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The other teams go straight to the airport, but Leo & Jamal stop at a hotel to check Travelocity and find a flight that gets into Abu Dhabi at 5:50am via Austrian Air. It’s only a ten-minute lead on the other teams who all get on a flight via Air Berlin getting in at 6am.

Once in Abu Dhabi, teams must make their way to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Leo & Jamal arrive first and enter the huge mosque to receive their next clue pointing them to the Irani Souk.

The other teams catch up. To...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 6 - 'Try To Imagine You Are Justin Timberlake'

November 4th, 2013 9:03am EST
Travis performs the Road Block
It’s time for teams to set off on the 6th Leg of the Race by taking a train from Gdansk to Vienna, Austria. All teams but the married “Iceghanimals” get on the first train out of Gdansk, but the two teams catch up at the connecting train out of Warsaw anyway.

In Warsaw, Leo & Jamal lie about U-Turning Brandon & Adam, but the other teams absolutely don’t buy it.

After the overnight trip, teams arrive in Vienna and hurry over to the Vienna State Opera House where Rigoletto leads them to the costume department for their next clue. Teams head back out to the theatre to open the envelopes reve...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 5 - 'We Need Boobs, Apparently That's What Does It'

October 28th, 2013 9:05am EDT
The Amazing Race
Picking up where we left off, Tim overrides Marie and agrees to give Nicole & Travis the Express Pass in exchange for the Pit Stop location.

After Brandon & Adam, the rest of the teams arrive at the non-non-elimination Pit Stop of the Race. Jason & Amy take 2nd with Nicole & Travis take 3rd. Leo & Jamal, Tim & Marie and Tim & Danny at the Mat at the same time as Teams 4-6. Ally & Ashley finish 7th.

That leaves Nicky & Kim who get the good news that they are the last team to arrive, but they are still Racing, though this isn’t a non-elimination Leg.

It is 4am in Slovaer and teams must now...

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' 23, Episode 4 - 'Where The Sun Never Sunsets'

October 21st, 2013 8:31am EDT
All teams are on the same flight from Lisbon to Bodo, Norway via Oslo where they will then take a ferry to Slovaer in the Arctic Circle.

It is 11:05pm and the sun is still out when the teams get to their first clue on the dock, the Detour.

For this Detour, teams will get to work with Slovaer’s #1 moneymaker, fish. In Hang Your Heads, teams must use a metal spike and twine to string together six bundles of 10 fish heads each which they will then transport with a wheelbarrow to drying racks where they’ll hang them the arctic sun. In Hammer of the Cods, teams must retrieve 15 pairs of dried ...

'The Amazing Race' Producers Apologize For Vietnam War Memorial Scene

March 26th, 2013 9:29am EDT
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race producers have issued a public apology to outraged veterans groups after a recent episode of the series featured a war memorial to a U.S. bomber in Hanoi, Vietnam.

On the March 17th episode of the reality competition program, contestants were filmed standing in front of the memorial as they received a challenge clue.  Multiple veterans groups took offense to the scene, claiming it dishonored the soldiers who gave their lives for America during the Vietnam War.

In a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Veterans of Foreign Wars national commander John Hamilton lashe...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

Former Megadeth Bassist James LoMenzo To Compete On 'The Amazing Race'

August 30th, 2012 10:15am EDT
James LoMenzo
The new season of "The Amazing Race" will feature former Megadeth star James LoMenzo. The bassist, who has also performed with White Lion and Black Label Society, is teaming up with his entertainment lawyer pal Mark "Abba" Abbattista.

A total of 10 teams will compete in the 21st season, which features players traveling all over the world as they tackle various obstacles.

Other contestants include goat farmers The Fabulous Beekman Boys and Chippendales strippers - dancer James Davis and host of the male stripper troupe Jaymes Vaughan.

"The Amazing Race's" new season kicks off Sept. 30 on ...

CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

May 16th, 2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...

TV Ratings: The Tale Of The Happy Networks

March 21st, 2012 9:38am EDT
Desperate Housewives
In any given TV week, a TV network could make it sound like they trumped everyone else, that they had something to be proud of. This week, all four major networks could actually mean it.

While the top shows were an also-ran (yep, ‘American Idol’ is perched on top, with ‘The Voice’ close behind and boasting its 18-49 demo), every network had a Top 20 show. NBC didn’t have one besides ‘The Voice,’ but every other network had multiple shows. And that doesn’t happen much these days.

FOX had both weekly editions of ‘American Idol’ as well as Keifer Sutherland’s ‘Touch' (Number 19); CBS had its...

Late 'Amazing Race' Producer Jeff Rice Had 'Major Levels Of Cocaine' In His System

February 23rd, 2012 8:14pm EST
The Amazing Race
A TV producer found dead in Uganda had "major" levels of cocaine in his system, according to a local police report.

Jeff Rice was found unconscious in his hotel suite in Kampala last week, with his assistant Catherine Fuller, also unresponsive, nearby.

They were taken to a nearby hospital, where The Amazing Race producer was pronounced dead. Fuller is currently listed in critical condition.

Officials conducting an autopsy found "major metabolites of cocaine" in the 39 year old's blood stream, while police reports suggest a small bag of white powder allegedly containing "opiates classifie...

'The Amazing Race's' Ernie And Cindy Are $1 Million Richer!

December 12th, 2011 1:45pm EST
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race came to a finish Sunday night with Ernie and Cindy taking home the $1 million prize.

The Swan House in Atlanta played host to The Amazing Race's big finish Sunday night, but landing in first wasn't the easiest of tasks for Ernie and Cindy.

Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang of the Windy City flew from Panama to Georgia to begin their triumphant win, but there was much more in store for the engaged couple.

The Chicago couple then had to land a Learjet in a flight simulator, work with a clue that traced back to the author of Gone With the Wind and use a giant billboard abov...

Tiger Woods' Ex-Mistress Rachel Uchitel Is Pregnant

October 27th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Rachel Uchitel
The woman who sparked golfer Tiger Woods' infidelity scandal is pregnant with her first child.

Rachel Uchitel married boyfriend Matt Hahn in Las Vegas less than a month ago, and the couple is already planning parenthood.

Life & Style magazine reports Uchitel discovered she was going to be a mom while she and Hahn were going through the audition process to become a contestant couple on globe-trotting reality TV show "The Amazing Race."

A source says, "She found out she was pregnant when she auditioned for 'The Amazing Race.' They were going to try out to be a couple on the show, and when ...

'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...

Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...

Q&A: 'Take The Money and Run's' Mary Hanlon Stone

August 23rd, 2011 8:00am EDT
Mary Hanlon Stone
Mary Hanlon Stone is not to be trifled with. She's spent a quarter-century (that's 25 years) as a Deputy District Attorney. Now, the formidable prosecutor and author is one of two interrogators on ABC's new series Take The Money and Run.

Together with her close friend Detective Paul Bishop, she's trying to break ordinary people who think they can hide a quarter million dollars from real detectives for two days. Before tonight's new episode (9 PM ET/PT on ABC), Mary visited to give us her perspective on matching wits with would-be thieves.

In case you missed it, check out my inte...

CBS Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

May 18th, 2011 11:57am EDT
Blue Bloods
CBS announced today its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies: "Person Of Interest," a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; "Unforgettable," starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every det...

Hollywood Unwrapped: Must Not See TV

April 15th, 2011 8:43am EDT
I have a question to ask all of the readers of this column. Do we really have Hollywood stars or real actors that we had in the past? Gone are the days when studios had an iron claw on the stars and being a celebrity actually meant something.

Yes, today we still have a handful of Academy Award winning movie stars such as Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, and Clint Eastwood. We don’t have stars like Steve McQueen, James Dean or an Audrey Hepburn. But that's on the big screen.

Today, television is packed with reality shows that makes us lose brain cells and it seems like we be...

'Bachelor' Bachelorettes Let Loose On Season Villain Michelle Money – Reality TV Highlights, March 6-12, 2011

March 12th, 2011 3:09pm EST
Michelle Money,
“Bachelor” fans wait all season for the truth to spill out during each season’s Women Tell All special, and this season’s special was no exception; although, the truth that came out may not have been the truth viewers were expecting.

Yes, the women came down hard on Michelle Money for all the cruel things she said during the season, but it wasn’t really the things she said that bothered them; what bothered the women was that the Michelle that got to know in the house was NOTHING like the woman they saw in episodes. They felt confused by her two personalities and were beyond hurt that she w...

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