How The Amazing Race and Survivor Got Their Grooves Back

by Ethan Alter March 26, 2012 4:55 pm
How <i>The Amazing Race</i> and <i>Survivor</i> Got Their Grooves Back

Back in January, we included reality TV warhorses Survivor and The Amazing Race on our list of reality franchises that needed to be benched. At the time, both shows deserved to make that list as they were each coming off career-worst seasons filled with boring characters (Brandon Hantz anybody?), unimaginative challenges (setting up beach umbrellas... really?!) and a general lack of tension. Rather than watch these once-great shows continue to stumble downhill, we felt it best for all concerned that they take a prolonged break and return when they had some fresh ideas up their sleeves. But surprise, surprise: ever since Survivor: One World and the 20th Amazing Race premiered in February, both shows have been back on their game. In fact, we actually find ourselves anticipating -- rather than dreading -- each new episode (for now, at least -- there's still plenty of time life for these seasons to go south, after all). Here are the notable changes we think have improved both shows:

<i>Great American Road Trip</I>: Even More Terrible Than <I>The Amazing Race: Family Edition</I>

Honestly, I didn't think it could (or should) be done, but someone finally found a way to make the most appalling season of The Amazing Race look halfway decent. So thank you, Great American Road Trip, you've fallen well below the very, very low bar I had set for competitive reality programming. Seriously, I watched Superstars AND America's Got Talent last night and this show was worse than both of them combined, and I pretty much hate both of those shows.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn October 11, 2013 2:12 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Lesson of the week: If you are going to pretend to be someone else online, don't pretend to be a celebrity.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn March 29, 2013 2:30 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Somehow Mariah Carey and her scepter of annoyance escaped our list this week, though we really don't understand what show she's watching when she thinks saving Devin is an idea with any merit.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn February 22, 2013 1:11 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

We had to defend people we normally can't stand... we hate when that happens.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

by Ethan Alter January 23, 2013 4:19 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Another one bites the dust.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn May 11, 2012 1:02 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Just in time for mother's day... a week where children disappoint their parents in so many ways.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

by Ethan Alter April 24, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Insert your own "King of the World" joke here.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn April 20, 2012 1:20 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

And now we know who the real losers on The Biggest Loser are.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, December 2, 2011

by Ashley Chervinski December 2, 2011 2:34 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, December 2, 2011

Brenchel continues their quest to dominate reality TV, one CBS show at a time.

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