The all new season of theAmazing Race is set to debut tonight on CBS at 8:30/7:30c.
The 17th season of the show will follow 11 teams as they travel over 32,000 miles, spanning over four continents and 30 cities with inaugural visits to Bangladesh, Ghana and a Trek Deep into the Arctic Circle.
Additionally, for the first time in the show’s history, the Team to finish in first place during the premiere episode will be awarded a surprise, game-changing advantage.
The new season will feature contestants from all walks of life, including a team of home shopping hosts, newly dating couples, an Internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers and a birth mother/daughter Team who were recently reunited after the mother gave her newborn daughter up for adoption over 20 years ago.
Phil Keoghan returns as the show host in tonight’s 90 minute premiere.
The cast photos and bios below!
Katie Seamon, 23 and Rachel Johnston, 24 (Beach Volleyball Players)
Chad Waltrip, 26 and Stephanie Smith, 23 (Dating Couple)
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The OC Register is reporting today that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has decided to drop the domestic violence charges against Simon Barney due to a lack of sufficient evidence.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star and estranged husband of Tamra Barney was arrested early Tuesday morning on domestic violence charges. Tamra called the cops on Simon after alleging he threw a plastic dog leash at her during an argument.
According to the OC Register, the case was submitted to the O.C. District Attorney’s Office on Friday morning. It was reviewed and the DA’s office ultimately declined to file charges.
“It just shows that justice is blind, but it’s not stupid,” said Simon to the Register on Friday. “It’s not gullible, and it’s not persuaded by fame.”
Simon issued a statement on Wednesday denying the allegations, claiming Tamra made up the story in an attempt to get sole custody of their three children together. Simon alleged Tamra’s motivation was the fact that he refused to allow Bravo cameras to film their kids.
Simon also told the OC Register on Friday that Tamra’s allegations were motivated by jealousy. “Tammy ran into my new girlfriend,” he said, adding that he’s been dating her for about two months.
As we reported yesterday, Tamra was granted a temporary restraining order against Simon, banning him from getting within 100 feet of her and limiting the time he can spend their kids. As part of the restraining order, Simon was forced to hand in his firearm to law enforcement authorities.
Tamra is however denying Simon’s accusations via a text message to the Register. The “network has never put pressure on Simon to have the kids on the show … Ever! And Bravo is not happy he is saying that! They simply asked if the kids could be on the main title shoot last week and he said ‘NO’ and they said ‘thank you’.”
She continued, “I did not want the kids on the show this year unless it was a situation where me, Simon and the kids were doing something together as a family. Just cuz your [sic] divorcing doesn’t mean you we do not attend our childrens activities together… It breaks my heart that he has acted that way in front of the children and I hope he gets the help he needs to control his anger. I never wanted him arrested. The cops made that decision for me.”
Simon adds that Tamra is lying. “I don’t want to be part of the show, part of the media; I want to go on with my life,” he said. “I don’t want any part of fame. It’s destructive. It’s a drug. I’m still the same person I was five years ago.”
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Former Hills’star Lauren Conrad is finally confirming that she is indeed working on a reality show.
Lauren confirmed the news on Friday to The Hollywood Reporter. The new reality series will follow the 24-year-old fashion designer as she creates a line of evening wear and launches her label. The show is set to air on the MTV network, which was also home to her previous reality shows — Laguna Beach and The Hills.
“I’m so excited to take on this new project that really focuses on my true passion,” Conrad told THR. “I’m happy to be partnering with MTV because I have had such an amazing relationship with them and love being a part of the network.”
Lauren stresses that the show will be based her professional life and not her personal life, citing that her actor boyfriend Kyle Howard “will not be on it.”
Lauren also tellsRyan Seacrest on his radio show that she will start filming in October.
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This season of the Real Housewives of DC has had a theme, which is the phoniness of the gruesome twosome aka the Salahis. Whether it be the couple’s phony grapes, phony party invites, phony house hunting, and now phony cheerleading. If there’s one thing we have all come to know and “love” about the Salahis, it is that their phoniness knows no bounds.
This episode of the DC Housewives begins with the now separated Ommanneys browsing through photos for Cat’s book cover. The scene starts out as a cute scene between the couple, until Cat decides to ask Charles about his upcoming schedule, which gave us a glimpse into the couple’s marriage. Based on Charles’ schedule, it’s all but obvious these two are lucky to even spend a day a week together. Cat’s definitely not exaggerating when she states she sometimes feels like a single mom.
The hilarity begins in the next scene with the Salahis. We see Michaele shaking her phony pom poms in preparation for the Washington Redskins cheerleading alumni dance routine. Michaele arrives at the practice in a white SUV, and not the awful 80s white stretch limo, thank goodness. Immediately, we see Michaele looking rather lost and completely offbeat while attempting to do the routines. Judging by Michaele’s lack of rhythm, and her overly eager attitude, it’s all but obvious we’re watching a 44-year-old con artist live out her fantasy of being a professional cheerleader.
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According to Radar, the restraining order bans Simon from coming within 100 feet of her and limits the time he can spend with their three children.
“She filed a temporary restraining order and the judge approved it,” reveals a source close to Tamra. “Simon can’t go within 100 feet of her and he can see the kids two nights a week and every other weekend.”
Simon and Tamra have three children together: : Sidney, 10, Spencer, 9, and Sophia, 4. Simon responded to the allegations yesterday, citing his refusal to allow their children to film for the Bravo reality show as the reason for Tamra’s actions.
In other news, Tamra recently posed topless for the NOH8 campaign alongside new beau Eddie Judge. Those photos of Tamra below -
According to the latest issue of InTouch weekly, TLC has decided to cancel Kate’s reality show, Kate Plus 8. The reason? Well, it all has to do with Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin.
Sources tell the mag that Jon has refused to re-sign a contract allowing his children to be filmed for the TV show, apparently telling his friends his kids hate being on camera 24 hours a day.
“Kate is beside herself,” says an insider. “She is obsessed with fame and being on TV, so this is making her miserable. Not only that, but she wants more money! She won’t last at home with the kids.”
The insider adds that Kate, 35, is now scrambling to find new ways to prolong her 15 minutes. “She’s buddying up with Bristol and Sarah Palin, among other famous friends,” reveals the insider, adding that Kate “fears that her fame is coming to an end, but she’s more worried that her income seems to be drying up.”
You can read more about this story in the latest issue of InTouch Weekly.
In the latest issue of the weekly mag, Kim, 32, tells the mag she was unhappy with her body’s appearance while looking at some Miami vacation pictures of herself 4 months ago. “My boobs looked crazy and saggy,” she reveals. So, Kim decided to undergo three hours of surgery to replace the saline implants she’d gotten at age 20 with lighter silicone ones.
And despite being happy with the results, Kim reveals she had to go back under the knife once more after tearing some of her stitches. Now healing and happier than ever, Kim says, “I love my new boobs. They’re so perky. I feel fantastic!”
Excerpts from Kim’s interview with the mag below -
So the initial surgery went okay?
It went great. I had my nipple moved up half an inch, so my boobs were lifted without having a scar from the nipple to underneath the breast.
What went wrong afterward?
I went to the Bahamas with Kandi, Sheree and our kids eight days after the procedure. I went down a water slide and tore some of the stitches.
Ouch! Were you okay?
I felt a sharp pain in my left breast but didn’t realize how serious it was until the bandages came off and there was a tear around my nipple. I had to go back to get it fixed.
Will you have more surgery in the future?
I’d like to do a tummy tuck at some point to get rid of a few stretch marks.
Below are more photos of Kim, including the photos from her Miami vacation earlier this year. The new season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta will premiere on October 4.
This season of the Real Housewives of DC continues tonight with the 7th episode titled, “Perception Gap.”
On tonight’s episode, Cat works on her book cover. Not to be outdone, the Salahis try to publish their own book. Later, a showdown leaves Cat in tears; parenting issues plague Mary; and religion and politics collide for Stacie.
The new episode airs 9/8c on Bravo.
In other DC news, Bravo is now denying the report that came out last week stating the Salahis would not be returning next season. In a statement to Popeater, the same site that broke the news, Bravo states no cast changes will be made until a second season is green-lighted.
“We’ve had no discussions about a season two — including any casting — and won’t until the freshman season concludes,” a Bravo spokesman states. “Any speculation to the contrary would be absolutely premature. And let’s face it, it wouldn’t be a proper ‘Real Housewives’ franchise without the drama of casting rumors.”
So there you have it folks, the gruesome twosome might be returning next season.
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