'The Amazing Race' Season 33: Release date, plot, host and all you need to know about the next installment of the CBS show
If the show wanted to scale back and shift how the game is played, they could follow the lead of MTV's ‘The Challenge’ and choose to film in a low-risk country like Iceland
With the conclusion of Season 32 of ‘The Amazing Race’ fans will have to wait for quite a while before another season of the show premieres. Although ‘The Amazing Race' was renewed for Season 33 and began filming earlier this year, Variety reported that production shut down in late February due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the time, the teams had visited England and Scotland and filmed three episodes. But even as other shows restart their productions with proper precautions, it's almost impossible to stay true to the very concept of ‘The Amazing Race’ until the pandemic subsides.
The release date for Season 33 is yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.
The show follows contestants traveling around the globe and participating in challenges that require interacting with locals and large crowds.
The official CBS synopsis reads, "At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location."
Typically, each season follows the contestants as they visit nine or 10 countries. But with most of the world struggling to contain coronavirus, so much international travel seems like a distant reality. If the show wanted to scale back and shift how the game is played, they could follow the lead of MTV's ‘The Challenge’ and choose to film in a low-risk country like Iceland.
‘The Amazing Race’ production crew could also be looking at other countries where it may be safe to film, like Australia, Taiwan, and host Phil Keoghan's home of New Zealand, all of which have successfully controlled the virus.
Philip John Keoghan is a New Zealand television personality and is best known for hosting the American version of ‘The Amazing Race’ on CBS, since its 2001 debut. He is also the creator and host of No Opportunity Wasted, which has been produced in the United States, New Zealand and Canada.
In July, Keoghan told Entertainment Weekly, "People have asked me when we're going to be back shooting Amazing Race, and all I can say is, ‘As soon as that curve goes down.'" He continued, "That line that we see — which is so depressing right now — unfortunately, is an indication of not shooting/shooting. I mean, that’s all there is to it."
A few months later, the host told TV Line that they might have a better idea of when filming could resume sometime in 2021. He added, "There are just so many unknowns. Our number one priority is the safety of the cast, so until we can guarantee everyone's safety, we won't be going."
The teams have not yet been released by CBS. Stay tuned for updates.
The series is directed by Bertram van Munster and Evan Weinstein with Elise Doganieri, Bertram van Munster and Evan Weinstein serving as writers.
The trailer is yet to be released. Stay tuned for updates.
Where to watch
Catch Season 33 of 'The Amazing Race' on CBS once the release date is confirmed. Stay tuned for updates.
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