Good things come to those who wait, and fans of “The Amazing Race” have been waiting a long time for Season 32 to premiere. And well, we still are because it’s still unclear when exactly the globe-trotting series will return to our screens. Here’s everything we know so far about the Emmy-winning series’s next trip around the world.
It will air in the fall
Season 32 will air on Wednesdays at 8/7c in the fall. A premiere date has not yet been announced. The show was scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, May 20 with a two-hour episode starting at 8/7c, but two weeks later, CBS pushed it to the fall with a Wednesdays-at-9 slot to ensure content for the 2020-21 TV season since the coronavirus pandemic has shut down the world. In July, CBS moved “Race’s” timeslot up an hour after taking “Survivor” off its fall lineup because it’s been unable to film the 41st season due to COVID-19.
It was filmed a long time ago
Season 32 was filmed from Nov. 9-Dec. 3, 2018. Phil Keoghan told us in June 2019 that he was in post-production, so that means the season has been done for a while. A late 2020 premiere means Season 32 will air nearly two years after it filmed, the longest gap the show has experienced. Season 31 was filmed over three weeks in June and July 2018 and premiered 10 months later.
The season ends in NOLA
The finish line is at the Superdome in New Orleans. The start line is once again in Los Angeles. Stops along the way include Trinidad and Tobago, France, Germany, Kazakhstan and Brazil.
It’s all newbies
After a reality smackdown last season with “Race,” “Big Brother” and “Survivor” alums, Season 32 will feature a brand new cast. However, there may be some names you might recognize from these people’s day jobs.
The season is going “back to basics”
“Race” has experimented with a bunch themes in recent years — blind dates, strangers, social media stars, reality showdown — but Keoghan says Season 32 was about focusing on what has always made it work and endure versus trying to come up with a new twist.
“We’re wanting to get back to a lot of the core elements of ‘Race,’ having come off this season where we pulled in people from various seasons from different shows. We went back to basics for 32,” he told us last year. “All the things to me that make the show work. Everybody always says, ‘What’s new and different?’ But at the end of the day, fans like the fact that there are certain things they can expect from the show and they want to see those things again and again. And there’s nothing wrong with that. If you look at shows with incredible longevity, they’re the shows that keep giving fans what they want. So I don’t think we always have to be changing the core concept of what ‘Race’ is all about. It’s so good at a fundamental level. Why mess with something that everybody loves?”
It was Emmy eligible this year — and now it’s not
A 10-time Best Competition Program winner, “Race” was initially Emmy eligible with its original May 20 premiere date. But the postponement will take it out of the running for the first time since the competition program category was created in 2003, which “Race” won, the first of seven in a row.
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