'The Amazing Race' Season 26 Premiere on CBS
The spring cycle of 'The Amazing Race' will premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 25, with a special 90-minute episode, 9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT, on CBS, following the season premiere of 'Survivor'. 'The Amazing Race' will then move to its regular time period on Friday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).
This season will feature 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever. "Usually we have people who know each other really well. In this particular case, we have five blind dates and six regular dates," said Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of 'The Amazing Race'.
The preexisting dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.
The couple's relationships will be tested right from the starting line as they navigate a muddy obstacle course before jetting off to Tokyo, Japan. The course will continue through Bangkok, Namibia, Monaco, and more, spanning five continents, eight countries and more than 35,000 miles.
'The Amazing Race' is distributed worldwide by Disney Media Distribution.