‘The Amazing Race’ celebrates 20 amazing years, and its 33rd race around the world, on the season premiere Wednesday, Jan. 5, on CBS
√ Series began filming in February 2020, halted for COVID-19 pandemic, then resumed in fall 2021
After 20 years and 32 trips around the globe, over 600 racers have traveled more than 1 million miles to more than 90 countries! Now, 11 new teams will go on the journey of a lifetime when host Phil Keoghan kicks off the 33rd edition of the CBS Original series “The Amazing Race” on the two-hour season premiere, Wednesday, Jan. 5 (8-10 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Travelers on “The Amazing Race” including Michael Norwood, 36, and Armonde “Moe” Badger, 42, the Buffalo “Singing Cops.” Watch: Meet Michael and Moe.
The historic season began filming in February 2020, but after three legs was forced to halt production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over one-and-a-half years later – and the longest pitstop in the show’s history – “The Amazing Race” resumed and concluded production in fall 2021.
The globe-trotting teams begin the season from their homes and travel to London, where they must find “The Queen” and “Boris Johnson” having a nosh. They then travel to Scotland, where the nearly 20-month pitstop began.
Keoghan will utter the iconic words “the world is waiting for you (again)” at the restart line of leg four in Switzerland, and teams then travel through France, Greece, Portugal and Los Angeles, where the team to cross the final finish line first will be crowned the winners of “The Amazing Race” and the $1 million prize.
“The world is our sound stage on ‘The Amazing Race,’ and the safety of our cast and crew when traveling is always our No. 1 priority,” said Bertram van Munster, co-creator and executive producer of the CBS Original series. “We made the tough decision to stop production in February 2020 and are excited that, despite the challenges of filming and traveling internationally in a pandemic, we were able to welcome this amazing cast back to finish what they started and complete their journeys of a lifetime safely this fall.”
Elise Doganieri, co-creator and executive producer of “The Amazing Race,” added, “We implemented many new safety features that made this historic season possible, including having the cast and crew fly by private chartered plane. The race has been highlighting the beauty of traveling for over 20 years, and we are extremely grateful to showcase again the wonders of the world with this incredible cast.”
“The Amazing Race” sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each team is comprised of two people who have a preexisting relationship with one another. At every destination, each team competes in a series of challenges – some mental and some physical – and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1 million.