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The Amazing Race 8 embraces family

(Posted September 7, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

[Warning: Possible spoilers for fall reality shows abound. If you don't want to know, don't read.]

As its popularity has increased over the past year, during which three seasons have aired, "The Amazing Race" has also been subject to controversy. Its eighth season hasn't even aired yet, and already some fans are upset with the series. That's because, for the first time, as part of a special family edition, children as young as eight will be allowed to race. Teams of four may include younger children, or could include other people connected by blood and marriage.

There are also rumors that "The Amazing Race 8" will not leave the continent. The highly visible production was spotted filming at well-known locations all over North America, and thus it does seem as though this may be a lighter version of the intense around-the-world race that comprised the first seven seasons. In addition, a cast member from an earlier season has floated rumors that the whole show would be shelved because of kid-related problems. Since CBS has the series firmly on its schedule, that looks unlikely now, but we'll see if younger racers and a relaxed itinerary make for compelling television.

Premieres Sept. 27; airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS

By Andy Dehnart

Source: MSNBC News

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