CBS has greenlit two more installments of unscripted hit “The Amazing Race” for next season — but, as with any good reality show, there’s a twist.
Eighth season of the Bert van Munster/Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Race” will be an all-family edition, with teams made up of four relatives — rather than the usual two-person combos — competing against each other.
Producers are using a liberal definition of “family” to include both classic nuclear clans as well as blended families, cross-generational teams (think grandparents and kids) or even engaged couples with their soon-to-be in-laws.
“Everyone can relate to family travel … the camaraderie, the emotion and even the conflict,” van Munster said. Casting will begin immediately, and van Munster said he expects the families picked will discover “a lot about their family dynamic and human spirit.”
Ninth season of “Race” will return to the usual two-person team format.
After struggling to find its aud early on during its run, “Race” — always a critical fave — has now blossomed into a bona fide Nielsen hit airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Skein’s sixth season wrapped Tuesday night; seventh installment bows March 1 and runs 9-11 p.m.
Casting for season seven will be officially announced today, and, as expected, “Survivor: All Stars” vets Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich will be running the “Race.”
Former POW Ron Young, held captive for 22 days in Iraq back in 2003, will run the race with girlfriend (and former Miss South Carolina) Kelly McCorkle. “Race” fans will also welcome this bit of news: None of the 11 teams is made up of full-time models.
In addition to van Munster and Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Hayma Screech Washington will also serve as exec producers for the eighth and ninth seasons of the series, which was created by van Munster and Elise Doganieri.
Bruckheimer TV and Earthview produce “Race” in association with Touchstone Television.