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The Amazing Race US Starting On 7Mate On Sunday 24 February

Thank God for the free to air digital channels as they are ensuring the good reality shows are being fast tracked from the USA. First it was Survivor and now the latest season of  The Amazing Race is going to be shown on 7MATE six days after it has aired overseas.

It looks like they have dumped the $2 million first prize money if the team wins both the first and last leg but there is a new twist where the first team to check in at the first pit-stop will earn two “Express Passes” — one to keep and one that they must give to another team by the end of the fourth leg of the race.

The Cast for the 22 season is:

  • Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman are twin brothers from Chicago, Ill. Both men are OB/GYN doctors.
  • Max and Katie Bichler are newlyweds from Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Mona Egender and Beth Bandimere are mothers from Colorado. They are also roller derby teammates.
  • Bates and Anthony Battaglia are brothers from Raleigh, N.C. The brothers are professional hockey players.
  • Chuck and Wynona McCall are a married couple from Daphne, Ala. Chuck is a taxidermist and his wife is a hairstylist.
  • David and Connor O’Leary are a father and son team from Salt Lake City. Both are cancer survivors.
  • Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle are friends and country singers in a band. Caroline is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone and Jennifer is the granddaughter of John Wayne.
  • Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena are friends from Los Angeles. They list their occupation as YouTube hosts.
  • Pamela Chien and Winnie Sung are best friends from Los Angeles.
  • Jessica Hoel and John Erck are a dating couple from Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • Matthew Davis and Daniel Moss are firefighters from Gaffney, S.C.

Source: Examiner


1 Carole { 02.18.13 at 11:14 pm }

Yeah, it’s great they are following 9’s lead and putting it on their digital channel. Pity it’s 6 days later though, means it will be hard not to find out spoilers. Following Phil’s Tweets today, one of them sounds like they have a mullet. And for the first time 4 couples refused to do the roadblock challenge and took the penalty instead. I’m interested to see how bad it was. John Rich Tweeted about John Wayne’s granddaughter, and said she was a friend of his.

2 Audrey { 02.20.13 at 7:32 am }

I hope they do it with closed captions! Survivor doesn’t have any so I can’t watch it.

Fast tracking tends to be a disaster for deaf people like me who need subtitles.


3 Georgie { 02.20.13 at 8:11 am }

Agree Audrey and ‘free to air’ digital channels are very hit and miss with subtitles in general – in fact much more miss than hit.

4 Reality Raver { 02.20.13 at 9:35 am }

Audrey – You make an interesting point.

5 Audrey { 02.20.13 at 3:12 pm }


I don’t know if the legislation requiring closed captions on all TV between 6:00 and 10:30 actually applies to digital channels – I think it only applies to the “traditional analogue” channels, ie, 2, 7, 9, 10 and SBS. I must look into it.

It’s incredibly annoying, especially when everything coming from the US *has* captions which need only to be converted. (The US has much better legislation and everything there is captioned. Alas, they use different technology requiring conversion.)

Aha. Here’s the link to the details:

Of note is that anything shown on a multi-channel is only required to be captioned if it is a repeat of something that was shown on the main channel with captions. Pretty useless.

Reality Raver: for some people this is a serious issue!


6 Reality Raver { 02.20.13 at 3:32 pm }

Audrey – agree and after you posted about this I had a chat about it with someone, it is wrong that the digital channels don’t have the same requirement placed on them regarding this. These channels are here to stay so do need to cater for the hearing impaired.

7 Carole { 02.21.13 at 6:35 pm }

Yeah that’s right, especially as of later this year everyone will have digital. A lot of shows are on the digital channels now, so they need to keep up.

8 Georgie { 02.21.13 at 7:02 pm }

You’re right Audrey, it is a serious issue and I share your annoyance. I already knew about the repeat requirement because I’d searched for answers to this problem a couple of years ago. I’m thinking there’s also some requirement for them to caption something like 5-10% of new content too (which isn’t much), but can’t remember exactly.

They are disenfranchising a huge number of viewers with this policy because the percentage of hearing impaired people rises markedly as the population ages. We are consumers too and do the advertisers realise they are missing out on this exposure.

A lot of films and docos are shown on these channels that have never been shown on the main network before and I’m always bitterly disappointed to find myself marginalised because of this mindless legislation.

9 Audrey { 02.22.13 at 10:27 am }

Happily the Green Guide lists Amazing Race as having captions. I hope this is true!

It must be noted that Channel 7 is normally good with captions and does them when available. Channel 9 are the ones who can’t care less – witness Survivor not having captions.

I’ve tried complaining in all directions about this – ACMA, my local MP, and gotten nowhere. No-one really cares.


10 Georgie { 02.22.13 at 10:42 am }

Hi Audrey, just found this so there may be work going on in the background by advocacy groups that push for improvements.