Phil Keoghan to Replace Richard Bacon as Nat Geo ‘Explorer’ Host

Move over Richard Bacon, there is a new explorer in town. Phil Keoghan is stepping in as the new host of National Geographic’s long-running series “Explorer” when it returns this fall, the cable network announced Saturday.

“Phil embodies what it means to be a National Geographic Explorer — he’s undoubtedly interested and curious about investigating the relationship between the Earth and human life,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production during the network’s Television Critics Association panel. “‘Explorer’ is a show about informing and entertaining, and we’re confident that with Phil as host, he will be the catalyst for viewers to understand the way we fit into the world.”

The original “Explorer” series ended in 2011 and started again in 2015 with the help of Pastore and hosted by British journalist Bacon.

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Keoghan is a globe-trotter, scuba diver and cyclist, best known as the host and executive producer of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” He is no stranger to Nat Geo, having hosted their television event, “Earth Live.” He also directed the documentary “Le Ride,” about the 1928 Tour de France.

“I have been sharing stories in front of a camera for the past 30 years, and I am thrilled to partner with National Geographic again on such an iconic series that is rooted in fueling the adventurous spirit found in all of us,” Keoghan said. “I look forward to taking viewers with me on adventures around the globe to learn how we shape the world through adventure, curiosity and understanding.”

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The upcoming season of the critically-acclaimed series — which is currently in production — will include 20 episodes that will premiere on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages, will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Light Riders – “Explorer” embeds with a group of Silicon Valley-backed Tanzanians who carry solar panels to remote areas and bring electricity to villagers for the first time in their lives.
  • The Future of Farming – With the average age of an American farmer hovering around 58, and the world population on track to exceed 9 billion by 2050, how will we feed the world? “Explorer” heads to Europe, where one country may have already discovered a path toward averting global disaster through amazing technological innovation.
  • Godfather of Gaza – “Explorer” investigates the illicit and highly dangerous underground system of Hamas-run tunnels in the Gaza Strip. “Explorer” correspondent Mariana van Zeller gains unparalleled access to a tunnel run by a businessman intent to dig his way to a better life for the people of Gaza, all while being surrounded by an army intent on destroying these passageways.
  • Sensory Substitution – Using advanced technology, a group of scientific pioneers re-create missing senses and push the limits of human perception. From a welder using her tongue to see to a 2-year-old girl who uses her body to hear to a technology that promises the end of blindness.
  • Saltwater Crocs – Once on the brink of extinction, Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are making a comeback with alarming consequences. Nat Geo photographer Trevor Frost opens the door to “Explorer” correspondent Tim Samuels as he witnesses firsthand the exploding croc population, fueled, in part, by demand from fashion brands.
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Move over Richard Bacon, there is a new explorer in town. Phil Keoghan is stepping in as the new host of National Geographic’s long-running series “Explorer” when it returns this fall, the cable network announced Saturday.

“Phil embodies what it means to be a National Geographic Explorer — he’s undoubtedly interested and curious about investigating the relationship between the Earth and human life,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production during the network’s Television Critics Association panel. “‘Explorer’ is a show about informing and entertaining, and we’re confident that with Phil as host, he will be the catalyst for viewers to understand the way we fit into the world.”

The original “Explorer” series ended in 2011 and started again in 2015 with the help of Pastore and hosted by British journalist Bacon.

Keoghan is a globe-trotter, scuba diver and cyclist, best known as the host and executive producer of CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” He is no stranger to Nat Geo, having hosted their television event, “Earth Live.” He also directed the documentary “Le Ride,” about the 1928 Tour de France.

“I have been sharing stories in front of a camera for the past 30 years, and I am thrilled to partner with National Geographic again on such an iconic series that is rooted in fueling the adventurous spirit found in all of us,” Keoghan said. “I look forward to taking viewers with me on adventures around the globe to learn how we shape the world through adventure, curiosity and understanding.”

The upcoming season of the critically-acclaimed series — which is currently in production — will include 20 episodes that will premiere on National Geographic in 172 countries and 43 languages, will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Light Riders – “Explorer” embeds with a group of Silicon Valley-backed Tanzanians who carry solar panels to remote areas and bring electricity to villagers for the first time in their lives.
  • The Future of Farming – With the average age of an American farmer hovering around 58, and the world population on track to exceed 9 billion by 2050, how will we feed the world? “Explorer” heads to Europe, where one country may have already discovered a path toward averting global disaster through amazing technological innovation.
  • Godfather of Gaza – “Explorer” investigates the illicit and highly dangerous underground system of Hamas-run tunnels in the Gaza Strip. “Explorer” correspondent Mariana van Zeller gains unparalleled access to a tunnel run by a businessman intent to dig his way to a better life for the people of Gaza, all while being surrounded by an army intent on destroying these passageways.
  • Sensory Substitution – Using advanced technology, a group of scientific pioneers re-create missing senses and push the limits of human perception. From a welder using her tongue to see to a 2-year-old girl who uses her body to hear to a technology that promises the end of blindness.
  • Saltwater Crocs – Once on the brink of extinction, Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are making a comeback with alarming consequences. Nat Geo photographer Trevor Frost opens the door to “Explorer” correspondent Tim Samuels as he witnesses firsthand the exploding croc population, fueled, in part, by demand from fashion brands.
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‘Amazing Race’ Crowns 2 Perfect Strangers as Season 29 Winners

(Spoiler Alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s “Amazing Race” Season 29 finale)

Brooke Cambi, a 36-year-old prosecutor from New York, and Scott Flanary, a 24-year-old Kellan Lutz lookalike from Charlotte, North Carolina, won “The Amazing Race” Season 29 in Thursday’s finale of the CBS hit.

Team Brooke and Scott. (CBS)

Their win is notable because Cambi’s hysterical reaction to all adversity, emotional outbursts, and perpetual meltdowns jeopardized the team’s standing multiple times during the competitive trek around the world.

Flanary came off as a sympathetic character grooming a tough customer. On his own, Flanary faced his fear of heights on multiple occasions included window washing a skyscraper in Brazil and bungee jumping through a 240 foot-gorge in Greece.

TheWrap had predicted Cambi to be an all-star before the season bega

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The three remaining teams had raced from Seoul, South Korea to Chicago to find the eliminated teams and host Phil Keoghan at the finish line on the shores of Lake Michigan.

After a three week, 36,000 mile trip around the world, their final tasks centered around Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

This season filmed during June and July 2016, before the lovable losers shocked the world and won the World Series in a dramatic Game 7, extra innings, rain-delayed finish to break their 108-year championship drought. Producers inserted some post-production dialogue from Keoghan to include the championship and amplify the mystique of the iconic location.

This 29th season of the 15-time Emmy winning show also included stops in Panama, Brazil, Zanzibar, Norway, Italy, and Vietnam.

For the first time, 22 strangers paired up into two-person teams in a schoolyard pick on the starting line — and the new format worked.

Executive Producers Bertram van Musnter, Elise Doganier and Casting Director Lynne Spillman found a full cast of lead characters, no “extras.”

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Unlike previous seasons where the two-person teams often suffered from one clunker team member — camouflaged in the edit under proverbial team nicknames like “the frat boys” or “the dancers” — each of the 22 racers on this season was identifiable, memorable and got a full story arc.

“The Amazing Race” has been renewed for a 3oth season to air sometime during the 2017-18 TV season. CBS would be smart to repeat the “strangers” format, but with a pool of returning all-star individuals forming new two person teams at the starting line — perhaps with some extras not getting picked and ending up left behind.

While we can suggest and critique, the format and timing for production has not yet been determined.

Co-Creator Doganieri assured TheWrap that van Munster “is already in the office with a map on the wall. He’s starting to point at countries.”

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(Spoiler Alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s “Amazing Race” Season 29 finale)

Brooke Cambi, a 36-year-old prosecutor from New York, and Scott Flanary, a 24-year-old Kellan Lutz lookalike from Charlotte, North Carolina, won “The Amazing Race” Season 29 in Thursday’s finale of the CBS hit.

Team Brooke and Scott. (CBS)

Their win is notable because Cambi’s hysterical reaction to all adversity, emotional outbursts, and perpetual meltdowns jeopardized the team’s standing multiple times during the competitive trek around the world.

Flanary came off as a sympathetic character grooming a tough customer. On his own, Flanary faced his fear of heights on multiple occasions included window washing a skyscraper in Brazil and bungee jumping through a 240 foot-gorge in Greece.

TheWrap had predicted Cambi to be an all-star before the season bega

The three remaining teams had raced from Seoul, South Korea to Chicago to find the eliminated teams and host Phil Keoghan at the finish line on the shores of Lake Michigan.

After a three week, 36,000 mile trip around the world, their final tasks centered around Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

This season filmed during June and July 2016, before the lovable losers shocked the world and won the World Series in a dramatic Game 7, extra innings, rain-delayed finish to break their 108-year championship drought. Producers inserted some post-production dialogue from Keoghan to include the championship and amplify the mystique of the iconic location.

This 29th season of the 15-time Emmy winning show also included stops in Panama, Brazil, Zanzibar, Norway, Italy, and Vietnam.

For the first time, 22 strangers paired up into two-person teams in a schoolyard pick on the starting line — and the new format worked.

Executive Producers Bertram van Musnter, Elise Doganier and Casting Director Lynne Spillman found a full cast of lead characters, no “extras.”

Unlike previous seasons where the two-person teams often suffered from one clunker team member — camouflaged in the edit under proverbial team nicknames like “the frat boys” or “the dancers” — each of the 22 racers on this season was identifiable, memorable and got a full story arc.

“The Amazing Race” has been renewed for a 3oth season to air sometime during the 2017-18 TV season. CBS would be smart to repeat the “strangers” format, but with a pool of returning all-star individuals forming new two person teams at the starting line — perhaps with some extras not getting picked and ending up left behind.

While we can suggest and critique, the format and timing for production has not yet been determined.

Co-Creator Doganieri assured TheWrap that van Munster “is already in the office with a map on the wall. He’s starting to point at countries.”

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‘Amazing Race’ 2017 Premiere: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV (Video)

(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s premiere episode of “The Amazing Race: 29”)

“The Amazing Race” returned to CBS’ in a new time-slot Thursday after a nearly 11-month hiatus — and it came back with a fresh new format.

For the first time in the Reality Emmy champ’s history, 22 total strangers paired up to form two-person teams at the starting line via a schoolyard-type pick in a park in downtown Los Angeles.

TheWrap was lucky enough to be there, and here’s what you didn’t see on TV.

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1. This season wrapped a long time ago — back when Obama was still president
This 29th season of “Amazing Race,” titled “First Impressions,” began filming on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Back on that sunny 77 degree day, Hillary Clinton had a 68 percent to 32 percent “chance of winning” over Donald Trump and the Cubs still hadn’t won the World Series in over 100 years. One of those frontrunners made it to the finish line.

2. The “Race” braintrust knew their competition well
Back at this starting line, we were barred from talking to the cast or prying too deep in to the season’s schedule. Instead, we talked with Executive Producer/co-creator Bertram van Munster and Host/Producer Phil Keoghan about the 2016 Emmy landscape. Nomination voting was just about to begin.

As you can see in the video above, they saw “The Voice” as their biggest challenger. They were right. (Carson Daly and Mark Burnett’s shiny floor show would go on to win in September).

3. The spread between the first and last contestants in the starting line challenge was about 40 minutes
Through TV magic, everything is condensed. Not here.

Seattle cop Seth Tyler, Providence firefighter Olive Beauregard (above), and pro snowboarder Matt Ladley only needed about 25 minutes to sprint across downtown L.A., retrieve the correct suitcase, and haul it back to the starting line in Grand Hope Park. They were fast.

We were trying to keep up with them on foot to observe — with an address and Google maps — but they beat us there and back.

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Meanwhile, the stragglers like Joey Covino (who had to go back for a second trip) returned about 40 minutes later than the early birds.

He took so long that producers had the camera crews stop shooting and sit down on the grass.

The early bird finishers

So did the cast.

Because this was before the schoolyard pick, they weren’t allowed to talk. They sat there in silence …

Sara and Scott did not want to get burned on television

… baking, and preparing to pick a partner (or be picked in to an arranged marriage situation).

4. Sneak Attack

Mikey Glazer

Shamir Arzeno (above), a 28-year old banker from the Bronx, slipped back in to Grand Hope Park through a back entrance passing all of the production gear. It was a legal move.

5. The “First Impressions” Twist had been percolating
“It’s been on the radar for years,” van Munster said. “We finally decided to do it.”

6. Phil rehearses the “Starting Claw”
Host Phil Keoghan’s starting line signature is a raised eyebrow and hand-claw thrust in the air (pictured top). After shooting it from various angles, producers immediately gathered around a monitor to make sure they “got it.”

7. Producers were watching the news

“Race” Co-Creator and Executive Producer Bertram van Munster on set with Keoghan and the camera crew. (Mikey Glazer)

In between reviewing the introductory script with Keoghan, snapping starting line photographs, and directing nearly 25 cameras, van Munster was watching world events ahead of their 10 country, 35,000 mile trip to come over the next 21 days.

“I watch the news like an eagle,” he told TheWrap. “If anything goes on anywhere in the world, I (may) need to make a change (to the routing).”

Sadly, two tragedies, both in Orlando, took place within hours of this start. (For context on when this took place, “The Voice” alum Christina Grimmie was murdered at a meet and greet after her own concert that night. One night later was the Pulse nightclub terror attack).

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8. Phil Keoghan and Eddie Murphy are “Trading Places”

Just this week, Keoghan revealed that show insiders make a $1 bet each season on the winning team, but that he has no feel for picking winners.

“Nobody I’ve ever played with has ever picked (the final) 1-2-3,” Keoghan told Matthew Cole Weiss and Theo Vonn on their podcast, “Allegedly”.

“In 29 seasons, none of us have ever picked a winner. We all suck,” Keoghan’s said during the hour-long cheeky sit-down that illuminated another side of the cyclist/host/documentarian.

9. Did any of the “Race” braintrust pick a winner this season?
“Way wrong,” Keoghan said.

10. Who looked shaky right away?
These guys.

As we were driving away from downtown L.A., we spotted this duo (Kevin Ng, Rugby trainer from San Diego and Miss Korea California Jenn Lee) looking lost and angsty.

This was a block from the starting line outside the crew parking garage. Buckle up.

“The Amazing Race 29” is back. It airs Thursday nights on CBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s premiere episode of “The Amazing Race: 29”)

“The Amazing Race” returned to CBS’ in a new time-slot Thursday after a nearly 11-month hiatus — and it came back with a fresh new format.

For the first time in the Reality Emmy champ’s history, 22 total strangers paired up to form two-person teams at the starting line via a schoolyard-type pick in a park in downtown Los Angeles.

TheWrap was lucky enough to be there, and here’s what you didn’t see on TV.

 

1. This season wrapped a long time ago — back when Obama was still president
This 29th season of “Amazing Race,” titled “First Impressions,” began filming on Friday, June 10, 2016.

Back on that sunny 77 degree day, Hillary Clinton had a 68 percent to 32 percent “chance of winning” over Donald Trump and the Cubs still hadn’t won the World Series in over 100 years. One of those frontrunners made it to the finish line.

2. The “Race” braintrust knew their competition well
Back at this starting line, we were barred from talking to the cast or prying too deep in to the season’s schedule. Instead, we talked with Executive Producer/co-creator Bertram van Munster and Host/Producer Phil Keoghan about the 2016 Emmy landscape. Nomination voting was just about to begin.



As you can see in the video above, they saw “The Voice” as their biggest challenger. They were right. (Carson Daly and Mark Burnett’s shiny floor show would go on to win in September).

3. The spread between the first and last contestants in the starting line challenge was about 40 minutes
Through TV magic, everything is condensed. Not here.

Seattle cop Seth Tyler, Providence firefighter Olive Beauregard (above), and pro snowboarder Matt Ladley only needed about 25 minutes to sprint across downtown L.A., retrieve the correct suitcase, and haul it back to the starting line in Grand Hope Park. They were fast.

We were trying to keep up with them on foot to observe — with an address and Google maps — but they beat us there and back.

Meanwhile, the stragglers like Joey Covino (who had to go back for a second trip) returned about 40 minutes later than the early birds.

He took so long that producers had the camera crews stop shooting and sit down on the grass.

The early bird finishers

So did the cast.

Because this was before the schoolyard pick, they weren’t allowed to talk. They sat there in silence …

Sara and Scott did not want to get burned on television

… baking, and preparing to pick a partner (or be picked in to an arranged marriage situation).

4. Sneak Attack

Mikey Glazer

Shamir Arzeno (above), a 28-year old banker from the Bronx, slipped back in to Grand Hope Park through a back entrance passing all of the production gear. It was a legal move.

5. The “First Impressions” Twist had been percolating
“It’s been on the radar for years,” van Munster said. “We finally decided to do it.”

6. Phil rehearses the “Starting Claw”
Host Phil Keoghan’s starting line signature is a raised eyebrow and hand-claw thrust in the air (pictured top). After shooting it from various angles, producers immediately gathered around a monitor to make sure they “got it.”

7. Producers were watching the news

“Race” Co-Creator and Executive Producer Bertram van Munster on set with Keoghan and the camera crew. (Mikey Glazer)

In between reviewing the introductory script with Keoghan, snapping starting line photographs, and directing nearly 25 cameras, van Munster was watching world events ahead of their 10 country, 35,000 mile trip to come over the next 21 days.

“I watch the news like an eagle,” he told TheWrap. “If anything goes on anywhere in the world, I (may) need to make a change (to the routing).”

Sadly, two tragedies, both in Orlando, took place within hours of this start. (For context on when this took place, “The Voice” alum Christina Grimmie was murdered at a meet and greet after her own concert that night. One night later was the Pulse nightclub terror attack).

8. Phil Keoghan and Eddie Murphy are “Trading Places”

Just this week, Keoghan revealed that show insiders make a $1 bet each season on the winning team, but that he has no feel for picking winners.

“Nobody I’ve ever played with has ever picked (the final) 1-2-3,” Keoghan told Matthew Cole Weiss and Theo Vonn on their podcast, “Allegedly”.

“In 29 seasons, none of us have ever picked a winner. We all suck,” Keoghan’s said during the hour-long cheeky sit-down that illuminated another side of the cyclist/host/documentarian.

9. Did any of the “Race” braintrust pick a winner this season?
“Way wrong,” Keoghan said.

10. Who looked shaky right away?
These guys.

As we were driving away from downtown L.A., we spotted this duo (Kevin Ng, Rugby trainer from San Diego and Miss Korea California Jenn Lee) looking lost and angsty.

This was a block from the starting line outside the crew parking garage. Buckle up.

“The Amazing Race 29” is back. It airs Thursday nights on CBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Meet 22 New ‘Amazing Race’ Contestants: Who Would You Pick as Your Partner? (Photos)

Here’s the new cast of “The Amazing Race.”

In a break from format, it’s 22 strangers showing up for an individual “starting line challenge” followed by a “schoolyard pick” for two-person teams.

As the cast picked each other based on “first impressions” so do we. What stranger would you want as your teammate in a race around the world for $1 million?

DISCLAIMER: I attended the start of the “Race” last June without any information on the cast. I did not revisit any notes from what I saw and do not remember who any of these people are 9 months later. Rankings and judgments here are based only on bios provided from CBS and their headshots.

Redmond Ramos, 28, Fremont CA

Motivational Speaker

First Impression: This guy has one leg on a show with “Race” in the title. Don’t bet against him. @DocPeglegRed already won another CBS competition, the “Triumph Games.”

Would I pick him as my partner? Yes.

Michael Rado, 37, Pittsburgh, PA

Butcher

First Impression: “Duck Dynasty”.

Would I pick him as my partner? A few seasons ago, a similarly bearded and similarly bodied gent on a team called “Truck Stop Love” had an athletic ability fueled by truck stop food. Pass. It’s an unfair association, but pass. Jenn Lee, 25, Palos Verdes, CA

Model/Miss Korea California

First Impression: Yup, she’s a model.

Would I pick her as my partner? @JennLeezy told producers that she hopes her partner is “a dude.” Lynn Spillman and her CBS casting team love putting pageant contestants on TV so she likely has the reality DNA for a fun run, if not a deep run. Maybe she would pick me.Kevin Ng, 31, San Diego, CA

Trainer at the USA Rubgy Olympic Training Center

First Impression: This guy has nothing to do with the Olympics.

Would I pick him as my partner? If I knew then what I know now, yes.Becca Droz, 26, Pittsburgh, PA

Rock Climbing Instructor for Women/Barista

First Impression: Her tank says “Da Burgh”.Why isn’t she wearing black and yellow?

Would I pick her as my partner? One of her hobbies is “juggling”. Another is “swing dance”. Double red flag. No.Sara Fowler, 27, Virgin Islands

Luxury Real Estate Agent

First Impression: Those sneaks.

Quote from her application: “I’m most proud that I followed my intuition and moved to the Virgin Islands, leaving behind my nursing career and the life I had created in my hometown of Baltimore.”

Would I pick her as my partner? If I was going on House Hunters International, I would definitely pick her as my real estate agent. Olive Beauregard, 24, Providence, Rhode Island

Firefighter

First Impression: Crossfit.

Would I pick her as my partner? She joined the fire department at age 21. She works on a team- professionally – with unpredictable schedules, little sleep, and physical performance prerequisites to not getting fired.

She’s a top pick for anyone.Floyd Pierce, 21, Highlands Ranch, CO

College Student

First Impression: Young.

Would I pick him as my partner?

Pros: He’s a huge “Amazing Race” fan. Studies applied math on a full scholarship.

Cons: Floyd’s never been out of the country. International sea legs take years to build. A blank passport is a deal breaker. Pass.Francesca Piccoli, 33, Banning, CA

1SG/E-8 Airborne Civil Affairs Soldier / Former Drill Sergeant

First Impression: It’s a buff version of Jackie from the “Blind Date” season of Amazing Race! (She’s not.)

Would I pick her as my partner? Creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri made this season “First Impressions” for a reason.

“Yes Ma’am, Drill Sergeant, I made a mistake. Please put me on latrine duty now drill sergeant, Ma’am!”Jessie Lynn Shields, 28, Howland, Ohio

K-9 Police Officer in Youngstown, Ohio

First Impression: Jacked. (Her hobbies are “bench pressing, squatting, and dead lifting. I also enjoy shooting guns and sleeping.”)

Would I pick her as my partner? She should get with the drill sergeant or the firefighter for a badass female team. London Kaye, 27, Brooklyn

Street Artist

First Impression: Chyron casting (That’s reality tv speak for someone getting on a show based on how cool their name/age/job graphic will look on-screen. See above.)

Would I pick her as my partner? She doesn’t look like a street artist who crochets Miller Lite billboards in Time Square and creates massive props for Gap commercials. She also doesn’t read like chyron casting. She looks like a prototype of an “Amazing Race” contestant. Yes.Brooke Camhi, 36, Lynbrook, NY

Criminal Attorney

First Impression: She looks like a winner.

Would I pick her as my partner? She passed the bar in two states. Smart people do well on this show. A top pick.

Ashton Theiss, 25, Ft. Worth, TX

Farm and Ranch Real Estate

First Impression: First person in her family to graduate college (cum laude with a double degree).

Would I pick her as my partner? Depends on how thick that Texas accent is. (We haven’t heard it yet.) The “Cowboys” are one of the most iconic teams in “Race” history.

Liz Espey, 24, Maryville, Missouri

Auctioneer

First Impression: Trump voter. (It’s the buckle and the boots. We have no idea what she’s really like, that’s the point of this season.)

Would I pick her as my partner? See above.Tara Carr, 38, Deployed in Afghanistan via Alexandria, VA

U.S. Army Officer

First Impression: Is this the “mom” on this season? (*Looks at her bio*) Yes.

Would I pick her as my partner? Deducting points for her season-specific twitter handle, @TAR29GoArmyTara. She has no Instagram handle. Accomplished military career, but is scared of flying (they go 36,000 miles this season), is scared of heights, and the lone “mom” role amongst reality 20-something alphas has never performed well on the “Race”. We love your service to the USA, but will pass on running the “Race” with you.Logan Bauer, 27, Navarre, FL

Orthopedic Device Rep.

First Impression: “Survivor” reject, repurposed for the “Race”.

Would I pick him as my partner? Never been outside of the U.S. By precedent, we apply the blank passport rule. Stay away.Seth Tyler, 37, Seattle, Washington

Police Officer

First Impression: His application overflows with generica. Sample:”Exploring new destinations and cultures excites me.”

Would I pick him as my partner? He looks like he can run fast and is here to play it like a sport, not get “mall famous” on a TV show. Yes. Vanck Zhu, 28, NYC

Wall St. Analyst

First Impression: Is he a super fan?

Would I pick him as my partner? He said something I’ve never seen another “Race” contestant say in their application: His biggest fear of traveling the world on the show is “getting sick”. We’ll get enough germs in the 9 countries, 17 cities, and 36,000 miles traveled over 21 days of this show. I don’t need to sit next to them in coach class for hours on end too. Sorry guy, I’m out.Matt Ladley, 25, Steamboat Springs, CO

Pro Snowboarder

First Impression: CBS put him front and center in the cast photo. That’s a good sign.

Would I pick him as my partner? He travels professionally, breathes elite fitness, and hopes to “make an awesome new friend.” Top pick. Scoop him up in the schoolyard pick.

Joey Covino, 46, Saugus, MA

Police Sergeant

First Impression: Was he on “Melrose Place”? (This is a joke a 46-year-old would get.)

Would I pick him as my partner? Reality shows love Boston accents and cops. Put them together and I’d be scared off by the casting trope. There are other cops, and that drill sergeant, if for a race partner in uniform.Scott Flanary, 34, Charlotte, NC

University Recruiting Manager

First Impression: Kellan Lutz

Would I pick him as my partner?

Pros: Knows the game. Does Crossfit. Has heart. He lost 40 lbs. in a massive lifestyle change.

Cons: Scared of heights. “Not very good with foreign languages.”

Toss-Up.Shamir Arzeno, 28, Bronx, NY

Associate at Top Banking Firm

First Impression: Looks like a winner.

Would I pick him as my partner? Shamir is dropping references to Waze and “powerlifting,” he looks like A-rod without the punchable face, and put himself through college. This “singles” season of “Race” was made for a guy like this, who was probably one of Bertram and Elise’s first pictures on the casting board. First round draft pick. Get him.”The Amazing Race” returns to CBS on Thursday night, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Here’s the new cast of “The Amazing Race.”

In a break from format, it’s 22 strangers showing up for an individual “starting line challenge” followed by a “schoolyard pick” for two-person teams.

As the cast picked each other based on “first impressions” so do we. What stranger would you want as your teammate in a race around the world for $1 million?

DISCLAIMER: I attended the start of the “Race” last June without any information on the cast. I did not revisit any notes from what I saw and do not remember who any of these people are 9 months later. Rankings and judgments here are based only on bios provided from CBS and their headshots.

Redmond Ramos, 28, Fremont CA

Motivational Speaker

First Impression: This guy has one leg on a show with “Race” in the title. Don’t bet against him. @DocPeglegRed already won another CBS competition, the “Triumph Games.”

Would I pick him as my partner? Yes.

Michael Rado, 37, Pittsburgh, PA

Butcher

First Impression: “Duck Dynasty”.

Would I pick him as my partner? A few seasons ago, a similarly bearded and similarly bodied gent on a team called “Truck Stop Love” had an athletic ability fueled by truck stop food. Pass. It’s an unfair association, but pass. Jenn Lee, 25, Palos Verdes, CA

Model/Miss Korea California

First Impression: Yup, she’s a model.

Would I pick her as my partner? @JennLeezy told producers that she hopes her partner is “a dude.” Lynn Spillman and her CBS casting team love putting pageant contestants on TV so she likely has the reality DNA for a fun run, if not a deep run. Maybe she would pick me.Kevin Ng, 31, San Diego, CA

Trainer at the USA Rubgy Olympic Training Center

First Impression: This guy has nothing to do with the Olympics.

Would I pick him as my partner? If I knew then what I know now, yes.Becca Droz, 26, Pittsburgh, PA

Rock Climbing Instructor for Women/Barista

First Impression: Her tank says “Da Burgh”.Why isn’t she wearing black and yellow?

Would I pick her as my partner? One of her hobbies is “juggling”. Another is “swing dance”. Double red flag. No.Sara Fowler, 27, Virgin Islands

Luxury Real Estate Agent

First Impression: Those sneaks.

Quote from her application: “I’m most proud that I followed my intuition and moved to the Virgin Islands, leaving behind my nursing career and the life I had created in my hometown of Baltimore.”

Would I pick her as my partner? If I was going on House Hunters International, I would definitely pick her as my real estate agent. Olive Beauregard, 24, Providence, Rhode Island

Firefighter

First Impression: Crossfit.

Would I pick her as my partner? She joined the fire department at age 21. She works on a team- professionally – with unpredictable schedules, little sleep, and physical performance prerequisites to not getting fired.

She’s a top pick for anyone.Floyd Pierce, 21, Highlands Ranch, CO

College Student

First Impression: Young.

Would I pick him as my partner?

Pros: He’s a huge “Amazing Race” fan. Studies applied math on a full scholarship.

Cons: Floyd’s never been out of the country. International sea legs take years to build. A blank passport is a deal breaker. Pass.Francesca Piccoli, 33, Banning, CA

1SG/E-8 Airborne Civil Affairs Soldier / Former Drill Sergeant

First Impression: It’s a buff version of Jackie from the “Blind Date” season of Amazing Race! (She’s not.)

Would I pick her as my partner? Creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri made this season “First Impressions” for a reason.

“Yes Ma’am, Drill Sergeant, I made a mistake. Please put me on latrine duty now drill sergeant, Ma’am!”Jessie Lynn Shields, 28, Howland, Ohio

K-9 Police Officer in Youngstown, Ohio

First Impression: Jacked. (Her hobbies are “bench pressing, squatting, and dead lifting. I also enjoy shooting guns and sleeping.”)

Would I pick her as my partner? She should get with the drill sergeant or the firefighter for a badass female team. London Kaye, 27, Brooklyn

Street Artist

First Impression: Chyron casting (That’s reality tv speak for someone getting on a show based on how cool their name/age/job graphic will look on-screen. See above.)

Would I pick her as my partner? She doesn’t look like a street artist who crochets Miller Lite billboards in Time Square and creates massive props for Gap commercials. She also doesn’t read like chyron casting. She looks like a prototype of an “Amazing Race” contestant. Yes.Brooke Camhi, 36, Lynbrook, NY

Criminal Attorney

First Impression: She looks like a winner.

Would I pick her as my partner? She passed the bar in two states. Smart people do well on this show. A top pick.

Ashton Theiss, 25, Ft. Worth, TX

Farm and Ranch Real Estate

First Impression: First person in her family to graduate college (cum laude with a double degree).

Would I pick her as my partner? Depends on how thick that Texas accent is. (We haven’t heard it yet.) The “Cowboys” are one of the most iconic teams in “Race” history.

Liz Espey, 24, Maryville, Missouri

Auctioneer

First Impression: Trump voter. (It’s the buckle and the boots. We have no idea what she’s really like, that’s the point of this season.)

Would I pick her as my partner? See above.Tara Carr, 38, Deployed in Afghanistan via Alexandria, VA

U.S. Army Officer

First Impression: Is this the “mom” on this season? (*Looks at her bio*) Yes.

Would I pick her as my partner? Deducting points for her season-specific twitter handle, @TAR29GoArmyTara. She has no Instagram handle. Accomplished military career, but is scared of flying (they go 36,000 miles this season), is scared of heights, and the lone “mom” role amongst reality 20-something alphas has never performed well on the “Race”. We love your service to the USA, but will pass on running the “Race” with you.Logan Bauer, 27, Navarre, FL

Orthopedic Device Rep.

First Impression: “Survivor” reject, repurposed for the “Race”.

Would I pick him as my partner? Never been outside of the U.S. By precedent, we apply the blank passport rule. Stay away.Seth Tyler, 37, Seattle, Washington

Police Officer

First Impression: His application overflows with generica. Sample:”Exploring new destinations and cultures excites me.”

Would I pick him as my partner? He looks like he can run fast and is here to play it like a sport, not get “mall famous” on a TV show. Yes. Vanck Zhu, 28, NYC

Wall St. Analyst

First Impression: Is he a super fan?

Would I pick him as my partner? He said something I’ve never seen another “Race” contestant say in their application: His biggest fear of traveling the world on the show is “getting sick”. We’ll get enough germs in the 9 countries, 17 cities, and 36,000 miles traveled over 21 days of this show. I don’t need to sit next to them in coach class for hours on end too. Sorry guy, I’m out.Matt Ladley, 25, Steamboat Springs, CO

Pro Snowboarder

First Impression: CBS put him front and center in the cast photo. That’s a good sign.

Would I pick him as my partner? He travels professionally, breathes elite fitness, and hopes to “make an awesome new friend.” Top pick. Scoop him up in the schoolyard pick.

Joey Covino, 46, Saugus, MA

Police Sergeant

First Impression: Was he on “Melrose Place”? (This is a joke a 46-year-old would get.)

Would I pick him as my partner? Reality shows love Boston accents and cops. Put them together and I’d be scared off by the casting trope. There are other cops, and that drill sergeant, if for a race partner in uniform.Scott Flanary, 34, Charlotte, NC

University Recruiting Manager

First Impression: Kellan Lutz

Would I pick him as my partner?

Pros: Knows the game. Does Crossfit. Has heart. He lost 40 lbs. in a massive lifestyle change.

Cons: Scared of heights. “Not very good with foreign languages.”

Toss-Up.Shamir Arzeno, 28, Bronx, NY

Associate at Top Banking Firm

First Impression: Looks like a winner.

Would I pick him as my partner? Shamir is dropping references to Waze and “powerlifting,” he looks like A-rod without the punchable face, and put himself through college. This “singles” season of “Race” was made for a guy like this, who was probably one of Bertram and Elise’s first pictures on the casting board. First round draft pick. Get him.”The Amazing Race” returns to CBS on Thursday night, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

We’ll have a behind the scenes recap then. More to come…

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