Reality renewals: “The Amazing Race” and “Wipeout”

Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri's Emmy-grabber gets renewed for a 20th cycle on CBS, while Matt Kunitz's crazed competition series gets the greenlight for season five from ABC.
June 17, 2011

Two reality competition series received the nod this week from their respective networks for more eps.

The Amazing Race, recipient of seven Emmy awards, has been renewed for a 20th season, which will air in spring of 2012. The 19th season premieres this fall. The competition series, which snagged four awards at realscreen‘s Factual Entertainment Awards earlier this month, averaged 11.19 million viewers over its two editions last season. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, and Mark Vertullo, and co-creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri are the executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc. in association with ABC Studios and Amazing Race Productions.

ABC, meanwhile, has given the go-ahead for a fifth season of its hit competition series Wipeout. The new season, however, will feature a new co-host. Former MTV host Vanessa Mannillo (Total Request Live) will make her Wipeout debut during the series’ winter edition in season five, replacing current co-host Jill Wagner.

“We will miss Jill, but are thrilled to welcome Vanessa to the team and excited to bring her enthusiasm to the show. She is a great host with a fun and natural energy that our viewers will love,” said Wipeout creator and executive producer Matt Kunitz. Co-hosts John Anderson and John Henson will remain for season five.

Executive producers for Wipeout are Kunitz and Scott Larsen, with Shye Sutherland, Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson co-executive producers. Wipeout is produced by Endemol USA.

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