"The Amazing Race": The Emmy-winning reality show is not on the fall schedule and will return later. "The countries are very exotic," Littman says. "We're going to a couple of places that I don't even know where they are on the map. I've had to go look them up."
As for the teams? Lively.
"This is a tough group," Littman says. "They'll be younger. We still have a good balance."
The show will will do two fewer episdoes and drop the noneliminations to create more excitement.
"The Amazing Race" has won four Emmys in a row as top reality competition. It could collect a fifth in September.
Littman attributes the success to the show's production values, the world travels -- and luck.
"I love '[American] Idol. I'm a huge 'Idol' fan," Littman says. "It is worthy of all its success. But it is in the studio. ... We send these crazy Americans around the world, out of our control for 90 percent of the trip. It's an audacious, ambitious task to do. I think the academy members recognize that."