“The Amazing Race” first premiered back in September of 2001. The most recent season debuted during October of 2020, though all filming had taken place prior to the start of the global pandemic. The cast and crew attempted to film another season for release this year but were ultimately unsuccessful. The good news, though? The rumors from this past fall were actually true and we’ll have a new season to ring in the new year with the first episode officially dropping January 5th.
And what’s the allure of the adventure reality series? Well, with both mental and physical challenges, you can think of it kind of like “Survivor” but on a much bigger scale. Throughout its 20 year span, over 600 Racers have traveled over a million miles to nearly 100 countries. And now we’ve got a first look at the 33rd trip around the globe in a teaser trailer for you below.
‘The Amazing Race’ Celebrates 20 Years and Previews the 11 Teams That Will Be Competing This Season
Before we go any further, why don’t you take a minute to soak in the new video from CBS? It looks back at some of the most epic moments from the past couple of decades of “The Amazing Race” while also setting us up for its future.
Check it out:
New Zealander Phil Keoghan returns to his position as host for the series with 11 new teams competing for the ultimate prize: one million dollars. The pairs come from all walks of life including childhood friends, father-daughter duos, and married couples from all backgrounds. There are educators, YouTubers, flight attendants, and even a pair of singing police officers.
COVID and filming proved to be challenging this time around, so the 33rd launch took a little longer to get back on track. The Gonzales sisters talked about their decision to go on with the game despite losing their grandmother, who passed away.
“Coming back that second time, she’s not there, so we felt we needed to do this for her and everyone who had lost a loved one during the pandemic,” says Lulu Gonzales.
“We wanted to show that it is going to be okay, that it is going to be safe to travel again. We wanted to show the world that life goes on and everything’s going to be just fine,” Lala Gonzales adds. “It was a great experience, and we’re so happy we did it. We’re happy to be a part of history, really.”
Where to Watch
The January 5th premiere will take the form of a two-hour-long special. You can catch it live on TV on the CBS network (8:00- 10:00 PM, ET/PT). Otherwise, it will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+