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The Amazing Race (S26E01) -- "Great Way to Start a Relationship" -- 2/25/15





ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO! "THE AMAZING RACE" TAKES OFF ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25

For the First Time, the 10-Time Emmy Award-Winning Series Features All Dating Duos - Existing Couples and Singles Set Up On "Blind Dates"

"Great Way to Start a Relationship" (Tokyo, Japan)
- For the first time, THE AMAZING RACE features 11 new teams of all dating duos: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who meet for the first time at the starting line. Immediately, the couples face a difficult decision with a dreaded U-turn in the first leg, on the special 90-minute season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Feb. 25 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Race travels to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan)
is the host.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

Name: Aly Dudek
Age: 24
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating

Name: Steven Langton
Age: 31
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding

Length of relationship: 7 months

Name: Harley Rodriguez
Age: 41
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Group Fitness Trainer

Name: Jonathan Knight (@JonathanRKnight)

Age: 46
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Entertainer (New Kids on the Block member)
Length of relationship: 7 years

Name: Jeff Magee
Age: 57
Hometown: McCall, Idaho
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Airline Pilot

Name: Lyda Grawn
Age: 49
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Flight Attendant

Length of relationship: Known 20 years, dating 4 years

Name: C.J. Harris
Age: 26
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: IT Technician

Name: Lebya Simpson
Age: 25
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Medical Support Assistant

Length of relationship: Known for 15 years, dating for 10

Name: Matt Cucolo
Age: 30
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Hairstylist

Name: Ashley Gordon
Age: 28
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y. Connection to your teammate: Dating
Occupation: Hairstylist

Length of relationship: Known 10 years, dating 3 years

Name: Rochelle Nevedal
Age: 29
Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Contract Engineer

Name: Michael Dombrowski
Age: 26
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Relationship Status: Dating
Occupation: Truck Stop Manager/Pro Wrestling Promoter

Length of relationship: 2 years The Blind Date Couples:

Name: Hayley Keel
Age: 28
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Registered Nurse

Name: Blair Townsend
Age: 31
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Navy Physician

Name: Jackie Ibarra
Age: 27
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Professional Dancer

Name: Jeffrey Weldon
Age: 26
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Account Executive/Sales

Name: Laura Pierson
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Talent Booker

Name: Tyler Adams
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Mobile App Developer

Name: Jenny Wu
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Blogger and Lawyer

Name: Jelani Roy
Age: 32
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Lawyer

Name: Bergen Olson
Age: 23
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Human Resources Project Manager

Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher
Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, Ky.
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Pageant Consultant

THE AMAZING RACE, 10-time Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Reality-Competition Series, sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges - some mental and some physical - and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1 million.



Read more: Listings - AMAZING RACE, THE on CBS | TheFutonCritic.com http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listin...#ixzz3SmvZlRsx



No, this is not a mistake. The Amazing Race is indeed premiering tonight.

Another new episode airs on Friday, it's regular timeslot.
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I saw that TAR was premiering tonight and thought CBS had moved it again, to Wednesdays to pair with Survivor, but I guess not. I actually would prefer that instead of Friday's.
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Yeah, it would be cool to have Survivor and Amazing Race back to back every week on the same nights. I bet you CBS will be looking at the numbers tonight to see how they work together.
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I prefer them spread out. It's fine the the premiers but I'm glad TAR is going back to Fridays.
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E01) -- "Great Way to Start a Relationship" -- 2/25/15

I'll have to skip this one unless it's on DTV's on-demand. Wednesday 9-10p is loaded for me - already have to watch Empire on FOX on-demand.
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E01) -- "Great Way to Start a Relationship" -- 2/25/15

Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
I'll have to skip this one unless it's on DTV's on-demand. Wednesday 9-10p is loaded for me - already have to watch Empire on FOX on-demand.
Tonight is a special premiere. It will air regularly on Fridays starting this Friday for episode 2.

CBS on demand should have the premiere after it airs, but unfortunately they are only in standard def.
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Re: The Amazing Race (S26E01) -- "Great Way to Start a Relationship" -- 2/25/15

Wait, we have a three-hour block of Survivor/TAR tonight? I thought the OP was just excited to post the first episode.

Need to check the DVR and clear some space.
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Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Tonight is a special premiere. It will air regularly on Fridays starting this Friday for episode 2.
Yeah, I know. What happens to it during the first 2 Fridays of March Madness?
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Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
Yeah, I know. What happens to it during the first 2 Fridays of March Madness?

According to this schedule, they are taking a 2 week hiatus after episode 4

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showat...race/listings/

4/10/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
4/3/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
3/13/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
3/6/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
2/27/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS (#2602) I Got the Smartest Dude
2/25/15 (We.) 9:30 PM CBS (#2601-90) Great Way to Start a Relationship (Tokyo, Japan)
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Yeah, I know. What happens to it during the first 2 Fridays of March Madness?
epguides.com has them taking a break a new episode with air on March 13th and then there won't be another new episode until April 3rd.
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Yeah, Survivor always took a hiatus when it was on Thursdays. They might have run an occasional (shudder) clip show.
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Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
According to this schedule, they are taking a 2 week hiatus after episode 4

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showat...race/listings/

4/10/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
4/3/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
3/13/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
3/6/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS TBA
2/27/15 (Fr.) 8:00 PM CBS (#2602) I Got the Smartest Dude
2/25/15 (We.) 9:30 PM CBS (#2601-90) Great Way to Start a Relationship (Tokyo, Japan)
Thanks.
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Actually a cool gimmick for once.

I also wish this would air after Survivor every week. I have skipped the last several Amazing Races but watched it due to the time. I might stick around this time.
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The team I started rooting for halfway through the episode won the leg. I'm sticking with the lawyers. Good teamwork.

That navy surgeon doesn't seem interested in the nurse. That's a shame. She seems great.
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I feel sorry for the guys in suits because they did every attempt. SWITCH TASKS!

Truck Stop team did the smart thing by using the U-Turn.

[edit]The selfie cam has to go.
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That navy surgeon doesn't seem interested in the nurse. That's a shame. She seems great.
Her voice is annoying and what makes it worse is she seems to talk constantly. If I had to hear that voice talking all the time, she would be kicked to the curb rather quickly.
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OMG, is that nurse chick annoying. I can totally see why surgeon boy doesn't like her. She would drive me CRAZY.

I didn't think the lawyers would be a good match, but they're working out great so far.
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I was a little burned out after three hours of watching, but back-to-back hours might not be bad.

I thought the dancing was pretty cool. Maybe those guys had subs who swapped in? I hope so.

I felt sorry for the older team and hoped they might pull it out after the other team got lost. But the fact that the other team was already gone when they arrived made me assume it wasn't as close as the edit made it appear.
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I felt sorry for the older team and hoped they might pull it out after the other team got lost. But the fact that the other team was already gone when they arrived made me assume it wasn't as close as the edit made it appear.
Yeah, that's par for the course for the last two teams to arrive...the editing always makes it look closer, when - in most likelihood - they were hours apart.
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It was pretty bizarre that not one of those teams thought to switch to the saki challenge, especially considering the sheer number of teams at the dance challenge and how many were in the 20+ attempt range. The description must have been written to make it sound much more daunting than it actually was, because at worst you have nine attempts to fail unless both team members are absolutely awful at memory.
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It was pretty bizarre that not one of those teams thought to switch to the saki challenge, especially considering the sheer number of teams at the dance challenge and how many were in the 20+ attempt range. The description must have been written to make it sound much more daunting than it actually was, because at worst you have nine attempts to fail unless both team members are absolutely awful at memory.
I believe every sake attempt we saw was successful, but I wonder if there were failures that were edited out just to make the dance challenge look that much worse.
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It was pretty bizarre that not one of those teams thought to switch to the saki challenge, especially considering the sheer number of teams at the dance challenge and how many were in the 20+ attempt range. The description must have been written to make it sound much more daunting than it actually was, because at worst you have nine attempts to fail unless both team members are absolutely awful at memory.
When I heard the description on the show, it sounded like they'd need to match TEN sake orders. But they only needed to match ONE order. You're right...at worst you could just go back 10 times and eventually you'd match the right bottle with the order (assuming you were still allowed to look at the original 10 set up out front). How long would the longest attempt take...MAYBE 15 minutes?
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When I heard the description on the show, it sounded like they'd need to match TEN sake orders. But they only needed to match ONE order. You're right...at worst you could just go back 10 times and eventually you'd match the right bottle with the order (assuming you were still allowed to look at the original 10 set up out front). How long would the longest attempt take...MAYBE 15 minutes?
Yeah, it seemed like they just had to keep track of which ones they already tried... unless they had a hard time telling the bottles apart it was just a matter of running back and forth. Even with the samurai actors' theatrics for each failure that's still at most a a minute and a half trip... it didn't look like a very big place. Especially if the person manning the bottles had the next one ready to go in case of failure.
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When I heard the description on the show, it sounded like they'd need to match TEN sake orders. But they only needed to match ONE order. You're right...at worst you could just go back 10 times and eventually you'd match the right bottle with the order (assuming you were still allowed to look at the original 10 set up out front). How long would the longest attempt take...MAYBE 15 minutes?
That's what I thought too. I remember a challenge last season in which they had to recite a whole bunch of orders.
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I liked this first episode. They seemed to cast likeable people so far. There is a good chance of this being train wreck television with the blind date couples, but most of them seemed to do really well in the first leg.

If I was running this leg, I would do the sake challenge since most dance challenges seem to take forever to complete.

I wonder if they're going to play the right stuff every time Jonathan and Harley reach the mat?

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