I know this US-produced "reality TV" show has been a guilty pleasure for many of you (aka "travel porn"). It seemed that the pandemic + low ratings(?) had killed off The Amazing Race -- it has been off TV for a long time, I thought it was gone forever. Then, to my amazement, I was looking through the recordings on my DVR today as had breakfast, and what do I see: "The Amazing Race - We're back!" Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?! Really? Yep, not a re-run. (Turns out I had not deleted my DVR's instructions to record all new episodes of the show, so when a new one aired, it snagged it. Nice.).
The Amazing Race 2022, Season 33 airs on CBS on Wednesdays at 9 pm (least it does in Rick Steves HQ time zone -- as they say, check your local listings).
I only watched the first minute or two of the introduction to the show (I wanted to be sure it wasn't a rerun or a glitch of my DVR). It's new. They say that they had begun filming the series but stopped in March 2020 as the pandemic blew up. They apparently went back and picked up where they left off (kinda sorta) at some point after COVID settled down a bit (I'm guessing last summer, when things looked more encouraging than right now). They made some changes to manage COVID. Beyond that, that's all I know. I'm going to surprise my spouse with the news tonight after dinner. She is not big on delayed gratification, so I fully expect we will immediately watch the recorded Episode 1 of "Season 33" as soon as I let her know that it exists.
If you don't enjoy the show, I understand (it is pretty trashy TV). For those of you who have missed it, set your DVRs. My wife and I used to watch it regularly. Coincidentally, we were traveling in Turkey when the pandemic blew up in March 2020 (exactly when the show suspended filming). We did sneak in a nice trip to Europe last summer when COVID seemed well under control, maybe even to be circling the drain. Alas, omicron. Now our foreign adventures are on hold again as I plan the next trip (maybe in October if all goes well), and as we count the days until our next booster shots.
But...seeing this show come back looks like a hopeful sign to me. Right now, omicron is raging, but I'm hoping that fizzles quickly and we all catch a break. I like hearing the speculation I've heard (and that's all it is now, just speculation) that maybe once omicron is behind us (early data from South Africa and the UK suggest it might depart at the same speed it arrived), things may continue to get better, and we will again enjoy greater ability to come and go as the pandemic recedes
Until then, at least we can watch others vicariously on TV, and think to ourselves, "I may do some dumb things sometimes, but at least I'm not as stupid as THAT guy..."
Don't touch that dial. Now, where's that antigen test kit I was about to break open...