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Sunday, February 14, 2010: The Amazing Race

by Mindy Monez February 14, 2010 6:00 am
Sunday, February 14, 2010: <I>The Amazing Race</i> It's annoyingly premiering on Valentine's night, but the new Amazing Race season's casting is, indeed, amazing. They clearly knew last season was a little snoozy, and they just fricking outdid themselves for Season 16, and it's paid off -- I've seen the premiere, and it is one of the most entertaining hours of reality television, character-wise, I've seen in a while.

We've got the much-gossip-blogged-about Jorff from Big Brother and the infamous "the Iraq" "and such as" former Miss Teen South Carolina Caitlin Upton that you've no doubt already heard about joining the cast, but the rest is just as awesome. Two catty power lesbians; two adorably simple rodeo cowboys; a delightful half-straight, half-gay brother team (the gay counterpart of which does a fantastic Miss Teen South Carolina impression); a kick-ass granddaughter, 71-year-old triathlete grandmother (awesome) team; two 70s porn-stached New York cops who call each other "Baby" constantly, and a very loving and heartstring-tugging father-daughter team.

There are a few other teams, of course, but nobody cares about them yet. Watch tonight, as Jorff's Jordan confuses Chile for China, the rodeo boys try to use Brazilian money in Chile (they thought it was the same), and many, many people just start running around erroneously painting a poor Chilean town all the colors of the rainbow, because this year's contestants are as stupid as they are expertly cast. It's going to be a truly legendary season.

The Amazing Race premieres on CBS tonight at 8, and though there is no football anymore to screw up that start time for the East coast, there is a live PGA golf tour airing before 60 Minutes that I guess could. Just DVR the show after it if you're going out for Valentine's Day just in case, you casanova.

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