Primetime Picks… 4/17/19

Apr 17, 2019 Posted by in Features | Comments

Tonight The Amazing Race finally returns for its 31st season. While I’m excited for a new season of my favorite reality competition series, I’m also a bit disappointed to see that it’s yet another “celebrity” season. I miss the days when average people got to compete for the first time and run this amazing race. However, in this Reality Showdown season, the teams will be comprised of past contestants from Big Brother, Survivor and The Amazing Race.

The Big Brother teams include engaged couple Nicole Franzel (Seasons 16 & 18) & Victor Arroyo (Season 18), friends Janelle Pierzina (Seasons 6, 7 & 14) & Britney Haynes (Seasons 12 & 14), and siblings Rachel Reilly (Seasons 12 & 13, Amazing Race Seasons 20 & 24) & Elissa Slater (Season 15). The returning Amazing Race teams include life companions Colin Guinn & Christie Woods (Season 5), cousins Leo Temory & Jamal Zadran (Seasons 23 & 24), YouTube pals Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl (Season 28), friends Becca Droz & Floyd Pierce (Season 29), and friends Art Velez & John James “JJ” Carrell (Season 20). And the former Survior teams include friends Chris Hammons & Bret Labelle (Season 33), friends Corinne Kaplan (Seasons 17 & 26) & Eliza Orlins (Seasons 9 & 16), and husband and wife Rupert (Seasons 8, 17, 20 & 27) and Laura Boneham (Season 27).

I don’t know who I’m rooting for, but pretty much anyone but Rachel (I can’t stand her!) or any of the others who are making a career out of being a reality show contestant. I’ll likely back one of the returning Amazing Race teams who were once just wide-eyed normal folks on an adventure across the globe.

In tonight’s premiere, “You’re in Our Race Now”, 11 pairs of contestants from reality shows “The Amazing Race,” “Big Brother” and “Survivor” compete.

Tonight I’ll also be watching/recording Whiskey Cavalier, What We Do in the Shadows, The Magicians, and Happy!.

For additional suggestions on what to check out tonight, including new episodes of Happy! and SEAL Team, check out the If We Controlled Your Remote… 4/17/19 post at