‘The Amazing Race’ 30: January 3 premiere followed by 11 episodes in seven weeks

The Amazing Race” is all about getting to the finish line first. Do it in any of the first 11 legs of this reality competition series and win a prize, such as a trip for two to an exotic locale. And if your team is the first to the mat in the final leg, you split a million dollar prize.

“The Amazing Race” has had 29 seasons since it launched in 2001 and won the Emmy for Best Reality Competition Series a whopping 10 times (2003-2009, 2011, 2012, 2014). However, in a first for the CBS programming staple, the 30th edition will debut in January and air on an accelerated schedule with the finale in just seven weeks.

The first episode, ” You’re a Champion, Prove It,” debuts at 8 pm on Jan. 3. The show stays in that time slot throughout the month of January with a double-headers on Jan. 24 kicking off at that start time. We know that the teams move on to Antwerp Belgium for leg two, with that Jan. 10 episode entitled “You’re The Best French Fry Ever.”

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Fr the final six episodes, which are paired together beginning Feb. 7, the start time shifts to 9 pm on Wednesday and runs for two hours. This doubling up of episodes means that the finale will air at 10 pm on Feb. 21.

Among the 11 teams taking part are recent “Big Brotherhouseguests Jessica Graf and Cody Nickson as well as former NBA players Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion, IndyCar racers Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi, freestyle skiers Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak, and competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus.

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