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    'Amazing Race' really is amazing

    'Amazing Race' really is amazing

    Steve Johnson
    Chicago Tribune
    May. 29, 2003 12:00 AM
    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...529race29.html

    The best reality show that nobody is watching starts its fourth edition tonight. So don't set your VCRs and don't program your TiVos, because apparently CBS' The Amazing Race isn't destined to get the big audience it deserves.

    Nobody is a relative term, of course. A little more than 9 million people watched the third edition, but it was outrated not only by the popular but less well-crafted The Bachelor, but by ABC's Are You Hot? and some 80 other prime-time shows.

    Considering how clever and entertaining Amazing Race is, that's a travesty.

    The show pits 12 couples against one another in a global race. They get treasure-hunt style clues from the producers, and the last one to reach the day's destination is eliminated.

    It's several cuts above the usual reality fare because the filming and editing are so astute and because, even before that, the couple relationships are carefully selected for dramatic tension.

    This time out, there are two NFL wives from Atlanta, a pair of models from Miami Beach, a father and son trying to reconnect, engaged virgins with commitment issues, a pair of, literally, clowns.

    Putting the couples under the strain of a task-oriented race, the producers cunningly discover windows into the tensions in any relationship. But more than highlighting misbehavior, the show is rich with humor and human decency, too.

    Race comes from the Jerry Bruckheimer production house (the CSIs, Without a Trace), and although a different genre, it holds up the action-movie producer's tradition of making smart, stylish TV. People usually like that sort of thing.

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    Considering how clever and entertaining Amazing Race is, that's a travesty.
    Yep. That's so true. I can't believe Are You Hot did better? Is that right? How is that possible?

    I seriously hope it gets the audience it so richly deserves this time out.
    "Rice is great when you're hungry and want 2,000 of something' -- Mitch Hedberg

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    Thankfully SOME of the media gets it.
    "They can only edit what you give them. They cannot manufacture a fictional character out of thin air." (Bill Rancic - 4/04)
    Regarding editing reality TV: "You can't edit IN a bad personality." ("Cali"-11/02)
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    Bravo, listening to you and Paulie rave about this show is one of the reasons that I'm jumping on board to watch tonight!

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    The Amazing Race isn't destined to get the big audience it deserves.
    I hope this time around more people will watch it. At least, Here at the FORT, we're doing our part in promoting it.

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    Originally posted by Wayner
    Bravo, listening to you and Paulie rave about this show is one of the reasons that I'm jumping on board to watch tonight!
    ! I promise you won't be disappointed.

    Mr. Bravo told me this afternoon he didn't really want to watch it tonight (even though he promised me he would). So you know...marriages are for compromise so I told him he didn't have to watch it tonight if he wasn't up for it, but he would have to watch it tomorrow night (and I would watch it a second time)
    "They can only edit what you give them. They cannot manufacture a fictional character out of thin air." (Bill Rancic - 4/04)
    Regarding editing reality TV: "You can't edit IN a bad personality." ("Cali"-11/02)
    BB8 - A "conveyor belt of human garbage." ("Pono" - 9/07)

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    Let's all hope it's "The Surprise Hit of the Summer". It's been a hit with me since day one and I've tried to convert everyone I know. The media get it, now we just need the right demographic to get it too. Tonight will tell the tale.
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    Well I am making huge numbers watch it thats for sure!

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    I am even having TAR virgins over and printed out the cheat sheat for them to follow! HA!

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    I can't believe shows like the Bachelor and Are you hot won TAR! I mean, who can give up TAR to watch Bachelor? It's so... boring! I gave up watching after the first season.
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