CBS announces 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business' cast
By Reality TV World staff, 01/19/2011
CBS has formally announced the identities of the 11 former The Amazing Race teams who will return to compete on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business, the new all-stars edition the network will premiere Sunday, February 20 at 8PM ET/PT.
As its title suggests, The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business -- which will be the reality franchise's eighteenth overall edition and second all-stars edition -- will feature teams who didn't win their original The Amazing Raceedition.
While a teaser promo CBS aired during December's finale broadcast of The Amazing Race 17 had suggested more than two dozen teams could be competing in the all-star edition, Wednesday's announcement confirmed The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business will actually feature the same 11 teams eyewitnesses had spotted in Sydney, Australia when the Race was filmed last fall.
Since The Amazing Race: All-Stars, the show's prior 2007 all-stars edition, was the reality franchise's eleventh season, The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business -- which will also be the first The Amazing Race season to air in HDTV -- only features teams from the show's last six seasons. However, rather than a fairly balanced representation from each of the six seasons, the 11-team cast features five teams from The Amazing Race's fourteenth season and does not include a thirteenth-season team.
"What I love about this season is that these are teams that, for whatever reason, just didn't get it right the first time," The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan said.
"They were the teams that without a doubt, have really captivated people's attention in the last few years. [And] we've gathered them all here and we've said, 'Listen, you guys want a second chance, no more excuses!'"
In addition to Australia, the Race's course -- which covered five continents, 23 cities, and 40,000 miles -- also included stops in Liechtenstein, where the teams had to measure the length of the entire 62-square-mile small European country while riding motorized bicycles; and Tokyo, Japan, where they had to endure the freezing waters from Mount Fuji during a spiritual ritual.