CBS confirms 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' will be next 'Race' edition
By Reality TV World staff, 11/22/2006
More than a month after reports that it was about to begin production first began emerging, CBS has confirmed that The Amazing Race's next edition will be an All-Stars edition featuring teams that previously competed on earlier seasons of the long-running reality show.
According to Daily Variety, which reported the CBS confirmation in its Wednesday edition, The Amazing Race's eleventh edition -- dubbed The Amazing Race: All-Stars -- began production last week in Miami and will premiere sometime in early 2007.
A week later (and a day before Chip and Kim briefly released their myspace.com video blog entry), former The Amazing Race 9 winners B.J. Averell and Tyler MacNiven publicly voiced their displeasure about not being selected for The Amazing Race: All-Stars in an unexpected outlet -- a CBS.com "Former Racers Blog" in which B.J., Tyler, and seven of the reality show's other former contestants are supposed to offer commentary on the show's current The Amazing Race 10 edition. During their pre-orchestrated blog entry exchange, B.J. and Tyler also appeared to imply that Rob and Amber -- who also just finished filming their own Newylweds-like Fox Reality channel reality series that will premiere in January -- and Colin and Christie were two of the former Race teams selected to participate in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
In their video, Chip and Kim -- who claimed to know the identities of "at least half" of The Amazing Race: All-Stars' teams but said they wouldn't "break their confidence" by revealing them -- also stated that in addition to themselves, B.J. and Tyler, and Jonathan and Victoria, they had also confirmed that The Amazing Race 1 winners Brennan Swain and Rob Frisbee will also not be among the teams competing in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
Earlier this week, Internet message boards began buzzing with eyewitness reports that several former The Amazing Race teams were allegedly spotted -- with camera crews in tow -- leaving Miami International Airport on an American Airlines flight to Quito, Ecuador on Monday. In addition to "confirmed" The Amazing Race: All-Stars racers Rob and Amber and Charla and Mirna, former The Amazing Race 1 "life partners" Bill Bartek and Joe Baldassare and The Amazing Race 3 "dating couple" (and apparently still dating) Jill Aquilino and John Vito Pietanza were also allegedly waiting at the flight's gate.