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Old 03-20-2017, 05:48 AM   #1
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Default Amazing Race 29 -- Complete Strangers (Premieres March 30)

The last time I checked, the next season of the Amazing Race wasn't supposed to premiere until sometime later this spring, so I was surprised to see a promo for the March 30 debut.

It looks like Training Day's ratings haven't been as strong as CBS would like, so they're going to burn it off on Saturdays and give the Amazing Race its Thursday night timeslot.

The only downside is that the traditional 8:00pm time slot isn't available, so it will be airing at 10:00pm (one advantage to living in the Mountain time zone is we'll be able to get the eastern feed at 8).




This season's unique twist is that there will be no established teams to start the race. All 22 racers will be complete strangers when the race begins. Unlike the disaster that was the blind date teams a couple of seasons ago, this year's teams will be picked by the racers at the starting line.

It sounds like there will be an initial individual challenge and the racers who finish that challenge the fastest will get the first choice of partners.



In the past, we've always done a draft of teams to give us all someone to root for. Obviously, we can't do that this year. So, I was thinking that if people are still interested in drafting teams, we could basically do what we've done in the past, just doubled.

So, what I'm thinking is...
  • 11 people participate in the draft.
  • The draft order will be chosen at random.
  • In the first round, you pick one racer.
  • Once all 11 players have chosen one racer, the second round is a reverse snake draft to pick the rest of your "team" from the remaining 11 racers.
  • Once everyone has one team of two racers (which won't line up with the actual teams in the race), we'll repeat everything but this time the 11th person in the previous draft will have the #1 pick.

I hope that makes sense. Indicate below if you're interested in participating by adding your name to this list:

1. getbak
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Once all 11 spots have been filled, we can start the draft. If all 11 spots haven't been filled by next Monday, March 27, we'll start the draft with the people who have signed up by then.


Even if you don't want to participate in the draft, this thread will still serve as a discussion thread for this season of the race.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:11 AM   #2
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:05 AM   #3
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:13 AM   #6
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Almost halfway there.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:19 AM   #7
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BTW, you can read the bios of the different racers here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/amazing_race/cast/

  1. Shamir Arzeno
  2. Logan Bauer
  3. Olive Beauregard
  4. Brooke Camhi
  5. Tara Carr
  6. Joey Covino
  7. Becca Droz
  8. Liz Espey
  9. Scott Flanary
  10. Sara Fowler
  11. London Kaye
  12. Matt Ladley
  13. Jenn Lee
  14. Kevin Ng
  15. Francesca Piccoli
  16. Floyd Pierce
  17. Michael Rado
  18. Redmond Ramos
  19. Jessica "Jessie" Lynn Shields
  20. Ashton Theiss
  21. Seth Tyler
  22. Vanck Zhu
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:38 AM   #10
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Almost there.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:15 PM   #13
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Only two more spots.
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What the hell, I'll give it a rip if there are still spots open?
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:57 PM   #15
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Only one spot left. Once it fills up, I'll throw the names into a randomizer and we can get started.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:55 PM   #17
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Alright, that's 11. I threw the list into a randomizer, and this is what we got....

Spoiler!


  1. GoinAllTheWay
  2. getbak
  3. Barnes
  4. bigtmac19
  5. csnarpy
  6. Superflyer
  7. ernie
  8. Weitz
  9. ClubFlames
  10. Cheese
  11. Fuzz


Here's how we'll do it...
  • When it's your turn to pick, choose ONE of the unchosen racers.
  • After you make your selection, send a PM to the person next on the list to let them know they're on the clock.
  • When we get to the bottom of the list, Fuzz will pick two of the available racers and we'll go back up the list in reverse order.
  • Once it gets back up to #1, all 22 racers will have been chosen and we'll each have two racers to cheer for.

Once that's done. We'll start over in reverse order.


Also, since this one filled up so quickly, we could do a second draft if another 11 people are interested.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:50 PM   #18
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I'm in if there is a second draft.
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About the only good thing I can say about this concept is, it's better than blind dates. But I still think it sounds awful. They just want to turn this show into awkward social drama instead of racing to exotic locations and doing amazing things.

A few years ago, they did an all stars season where they ended up randomly pairing two people from different original teams when one racer's partner had to drop out at the last minute due to health reasons. It was totally uncomfortable to watch and the racers did not work well together, because they were either too worried about stepping on toes or their annoyance at what a stranger did threw them off.

I'm going on my own trip to an exotic location, so won't be around to make picks, so I'm not going to sign up for a draft this time, but I will checking back for updates as it goes along.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:24 PM   #20
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The US show has always been hindered by trying to make it a social drama. The Canadian show was better then the US version by not going this direction.

social ackwardness could definately be an issue with this format. There isn't any existing trust built up with the teams, and part of what was interesting was seeing how the stress of the show affected teams in different ways.

After thinking about it more, I'm not sure I'm going to like this format.
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