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Herc’s Seen Sunday’s Start Of THE AMAZING RACE – Now With A BIG BROTHER Winner And That Nutty Miss South Carolina!!

I am – Hercules!!
We’re getting cowboys, detectives, models, lesbians, a pro baseball coach a “Big Brother” winner and a grandmother-granddaughter team. My notes on Sunday's “Amazing Race” premiere can be found below the pretty blue press release.
CBS ANNOUNCES THE 11 TEAMS RACING IN THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES, "THE AMAZING RACE," PREMIERING FEBRUARY 14 Eleven Teams Hit the Road for a 40,000-Mile Sprint around the Globe and Find Themselves in the Midst of a World War I Re-enactment, Retracing the Early Days of The Beatles and Come Face-to-Face with One of the World's Most Infamous Villains CBS today announced the 11 Teams set to compete in the 16th edition of THE AMAZING RACE, premiering Sunday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award nominee Phil Keoghan is the host. Contestants will travel nearly 40,000 miles across five continents and eight countries. Eleven Teams start off by navigating through the congested streets of Los Angeles and, for the first time ever, must rely solely on public transportation to make their way to LAX. The Teams' first destination lies in Chile where they will encounter one of the most daunting Roadblocks in the history of the series. In their ongoing battle for the one million dollar prize, Teams will participate in a grueling World War I reenactment in France, retrace the early days of the iconic rock group, The Beatles, and come face-to-face with one of the world's most infamous villains. Season 16 features Teams from all walks of life, including couples, parents, siblings, friends, models, lawyers, detectives and even cowboys. The Emmy Award-Winning THE AMAZING RACE received its seventh consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program last year. Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:
Caite Upton Age: 20 Hometown: Lexington, S.C. Occupation: Model/Actress Brent Horne Age: 28 Hometown: Columbia, S.C. Occupation: Model/Advertising Relationship: Dating/Models
Louis Stravato Age: 47 Hometown: Providence, R.I. Occupation: Undercover Detective Michael Naylor Age: 45 Hometown: Providence, R.I. Occupation: Undercover Detective Relationship: Detectives
Steve Smith Age: 57 Hometown: Encinitas, Calif. Occupation: Professional Baseball Coach/ World Series Champion Coach Allie Smith Age: 23 Hometown: Encinitas, Calif. Occupation: Marketing Relationship: Father/Daughter
Jeff Schroeder Age: 31 Hometown: Norridge, Ill Occupation: Salesman Jordan Lloyd Age: 22 Hometown: Charlotte, N.C. Occupation: Receptionist Relationship: Newly Dating
Monique Pryor Age: 39 Hometown: West Orange, N.J. Occupation: Attorney Shawne Morgan Age: 39 Hometown: Bowie, Md. Occupation: Attorney Relationship: Moms/Attorneys
Jet McCoy Age: 30 Hometown: Ada, Okla. Occupation: Cowboy Cord McCoy Age: 29 Hometown: Tupelo, Okla. Occupation: Pro Bull Rider Relationship: Brothers/Cowboys
Adrian Davis Age: 40 Hometown: Arlington, Texas Occupation: Medical Sales Dana Davis Age: 39 Hometown: Arlington, Texas Occupation: Market Manager Relationship: High School Sweethearts/Married
Jody Kelly Age: 71 Hometown: Round Rock, Texas Occupation: Personal Trainer Shannon Foster Age: 22 Hometown: Georgetown, Texas Occupation: Healthcare Outreach Contract Analyst Relationship: Grandmother/Granddaughter
Carol Rosenfeld Age: 47 Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. Occupation: Consultant Brandy Snow Age: 40 Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. Occupation: Actress and Voice Over Artist Relationship: Dating
Dan Pious Age: 24 Hometown: Barrington, R.I. Occupation: Financial Advisor Jordan Pious Age: 22 Hometown: Barrington, R.I. Occupation: Strategic Consultant Relationship: Brothers
Joe Wang Age: 42 Hometown: El Segundo, Calif. Occupation: Software Salesman Heidi Wang Age: 37 Hometown: El Segundo, Calif. Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom Relationship: Married
* When CBS made the cast announcement for “Amazing Race’s” 16th season I was so focused on the confirmation that Jordan and Jeff from “Big Brother” had joined the show that I missed that another contestant, Caite Upton, was that lost-in-the-headlights Miss South Carolina from YouTube: * If we’re to believe CBS, Caite’s an actress/model now. IMDb doesn’t list a lot of roles for her, so I’m guessing she’s been busy on the stage. Her model boyfriend teammate, who may or may not be as smart as she is, thinks “she doesn’t deserve the crap people give her.” * Those who do not follow baseball (like myself) will learn contestant Steve Smith coached the Phillies to win the World Series. * Only one of the brothers from Rhode Island turns out to be gay. And my gaydar did not correctly guess which from the photo below. * The fat black guy poured his savings into a business that, in his words, “failed miserably.” * Jeff and Jordan have “been together almost every weekend since we got out of the [Big Brother] house,” allows Jeff. (But didn’t they start “Amazing” pretty much immediately after Jordan won her half million?) * Both halfs of the grandmother/granddaughter team are tri-athletes. * The undercover detectives are apparently assigned to narcotics. * 37-year-old stay-at-home mom Heidi Wang looks dang good in a bikini. I’m guessing 40-year-old lesbian Brandy Snow might as well. * Host Phil Keoghan says at the starting line that the first three teams to reach Los Angeles International will move an hour ahead of the pack, but all teams have to get there from a downtown park during morning rush hour using buses and/or trains. * The gay guy claims he almost “pooped” when he saw he was competing with Miss South Carolina. He seems to be able to recite her YouTube performance verbatim, which is creepy. * The grandma could be in better shape than the cops. The granddaughter/grandmother team is nicknamed The Green Team. See if you can do better. * The harrowing first road block is bad news for the contestants with acrophobia. * I’m reminded you can’t spell funicular without “fun.” * It was hard not to laugh repeatedly at the late-in-the-episode antics of the coach and his daughter. * I think the Oklahoma cowboys take a little dig at Texas toward the end there. * I don’t know why CBS usually chops the vote off its “Survivor” screeners, but I’m always grateful the network leaves the eliminations on its “Amazing Race” DVDs. "The Amazing Race": 8 p.m. Sunday. CBS. "Undercover Boss": 9 p.m. Sunday. CBS.
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  • Feb. 13, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by scarecrow119

    Shouldn't the undercover detectives occupation read former undercover detectives considering that it will be pretty hard to go undercover after being on national tv. Unless you are under cover in an Amish community.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Those Okies

    by Redc40

    will reprise Brokeback Mountain. Werd.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Love me some jordan

    by sharpie

    mmm. and shes from my hometown too!

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    All right Jordan

    by D.Vader

    Way to represent Charlotte, NC.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Just a who cares show now...

    by crankyoldguy

    My wife used to love to watch it and now she's done. I never cared much anyway, though it was....okay. But if missed a week or two...big deal.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Ms. South Carolina - Maybe she gets too much shit

    by V'Shael

    But I doubt it. She demonstrably answered the question why Americans are not good with maps. The reason, as she ably showed us, is that America is a highly superficial nation, that values looks over brains, and promotes dumb blondes and sports jocks up through the school grades when they haven't done the work. <p> So now she can try to make a fortune because she's physically attractive and had a shot at fame. <p> Well fuck her. In an ideal world that cow would be too dumb to work in McDonalds without somehow having a fatal burger flipping accident.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    NC here too...

    by freerangecelt

    Go Jordan!

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Two nice clips re: Ms South Carolina

    by V'Shael<p> and<br><p> Just remove the spaces from the URL's, you know the drill.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    HERC, about Steve Smith and the Phillies...

    by HarryWannaBe

    you make it sound like he led them to the World Series...he was the Third Base Coach, not the manager of the team! All he was responsible for is sending signs to batters and baserunners...that's about it.

  • Feb. 13, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    No better way to work undercover...

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    Than to have your face on national TV in Prime Time. Suckas.

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    The hot stupid chick's boyfriend

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    He kinda looks like the main character from Dazed and Confused. I was almost interested in this show for a minute. He's not though.

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    WTF does a cowboy do nowadays anyway?

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    Rodeo? Dude ranch? Honestly that's just like saying Occupation: Pirate

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Are there new rules or do the brothers win?

    by Flim Springfield

    Seriously, younger teams dominate in this game, especially two guys. They need rules to balance things out a bit or half the teams will continue to have no chance.

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    gay guy claims he almost “pooped”

    by Immortal_Fish

    Yabbut, doesn't that nearly happen every time he coughs or sneezes?

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    Bored/Who gives a fuck

  • Feb. 14, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    "failed miserably"

    by SnootyBoots

    I like this show. It's the only reality show I watch. But, has there ever been a team that could really use the money? The seasons I've watched every body seems pretty well off in life. Maybe the "failed miserably" guy is an exception.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Best reality show on TV

    by FlandersBum

    It just is. Great show.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Ms South Carolina may not know about maps and such

    by jim

    but can she tell time? 'Cause we all know Big Brother's Jordan can't. Also, wasn't that Jordan who said "I know where Chile is", then asked for tickets to China? Wow, neither one does much to dispel the stereotype of the Dumb Blonde.<p>The cowboys remind me of that Jerry Seinfeld joke about limiting your kids career choices when you name them, for example, Jeeves. Really, with names like Jet and Cord, is there any profession they'd be suited to that didn't involve dungarees as "workplace attire"?

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Dumbest teams ever

    by aversiontherapy2

    From the blonde who asked for tickets to China, to the cowboys getting Brazilian money, to the baseball coach painting a random house... it's just all too stupid. Gloriously stupid. The thing I like about the race is that people really change on it, for better or worse. It will be interesting to see how the teams develop, whether they wise up or not.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    aversiontherapy2, don't forget the team that misread

    by jim

    the clue and walked down the mountain.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Oh well

    by SnootyBoots

  • Feb. 16, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I turned it off

    by johnnyangelheart

    when the gay guy said "Snap!" The guy is a walking gay cliche.

  • Feb. 18, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I actually liked it

    by Jaka

    But this is also the first time I've ever watched it. Set a series recording on the DVR and everything. I'm glad this episodes losers love each other, because that was some weak sauce. Just move your ass across that thing. The faster you get to the other side the faster it'll be over. And this is coming from someone who is afraid of high open places! That's why I'd be truckin' to the other side!