CBS' "Amazing" Pickup
Fri Sep 29, 8:00 AM
Somewhere Simon Cowell is scowling even more than usual.
In a move destined to keep the thorny American Idol host from winning an Emmy in the near future, CBS has given the go-ahead to an 11th season of The Amazing Race, the network announced Friday.
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E! Online The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Phil Keoghan-hosted globetrotting reality series has delivered consistently solid ratings for CBS throughout its first 10 installments. Even more notably, Race has dominated the Emmy Awards, winning four consecutive Best Reality Competition prizes over Cowell and the Idol crew.
More than 10.1 million people tuned in to see the latest jaunt, when it premiered with a special 90-minute edition on Sept. 17.
Created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri and launched in September 2001, Amazing Race follows several teams of two on a Cannonball Run-like dash around the world, making their way from country to country on everything from jet planes and hot air balloons to bikes and camels.
Along the way, contestants must use their survival instincts and travel smarts to search for clues and fulfill cliffhanger tasks to claim the $1 million grand prize. Last May's finale saw 26-year-old B.J. Averell and 25-year-old Tyler Macniven, endure a trek spanning 59,000 miles before besting two other teams to make it to Denver to win the jackpot.
For the current 10th season, the network opted to move Race from its Tuesday 9 p.m. stronghold to Sundays at 8 p.m. and the show has performed admirably as a lead-in to Cold Case and Without a Trace, boosting viewers in key categories. The current season is also available for free viewing at CBS' broadband channel, Innertube.
No word yet when production on Amazing Race 11 will get rolling, but CBS expects the next sprint to kick off in the spring.