Many have been skeptical of the twist set to occur in season 26 of The Amazing Race, but it appears CBS is promising that it could be one of the better ones that fans have seen.
In a statement at TCA Jan. 12, Nina Tassler, the president of CBS entertainment, spoke about the show's surprising new twist to have couples do the race while on some blind dates-as they compete against other teams who have been dating for some time. And though some have worried it was a desperate ploy to save the show after it earned lower ratings in a move to Friday nights, she assures that the show isn't going anywhere.
"The Amazing Race is one of our beloved unscripted franchises. It is an upscale program. It does very well for us, and the playback on the show actually did very well for us too," she said. "We've really encouraged [executive producer] Bert [van Munster] and his team, and they have responded very smartly, in sort of making some creative changes and adjustments in the terms of their story. There are gonna be a lot of surprises in store in terms of Race."
The new season's twist was revealed after the Season 25 finale, which saw underdog team Maya and Amy, the food scientists, win the $1 million prize after competing against stronger teams in the finale, including professional wrestlers Brooke Adams and Robbie E, surfers Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks, and dentists Misti and Jim Raman.
It has previously been revealed that two of the teams competing for couples who have already been dating include New Kids on the Block singer Jonathon Knight and his boyfriend, actor Harley Rodriguez, as well as Olympians Steve Langton and Alyson Dudek.
Season 26 premieres Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m.