Although a formal series renewal has yet to be announced, CBS has officially begun accepting applications for a fifth edition of "The Amazing Race." Those interested in applying had better be quick however, as the application states that applications are due Wednesday, October 8 2003 for an anticipated January 2004 taping.

Daily Variety notes that while the move is not the same thing as an official series order, it's still a very good sign for Race fans. According to Variety, CBS traditionally only lets its reality producers begin casting when there's a solid shot of a pickup or renewal, particularly when it comes to existing franchises.

The application news comes a couple of months after CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves expressed doubt as to whether a fifth edition of the Emmy-nominated series would be produced, due to the show's continuing less-than-blockbuster ratings.