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Fall is my favorite time of the year. From the cooler temperatures to the intense fall TV schedule, I cannot get enough! Over the past two weeks, The Biggest Loser, Couples Therapy, Hell’s Kitchen, Dancing with the Stars, and Kim of Queens returned to our TV screens and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood kicked off its first season.

And that is just the beginning! We still have The Voice, featuring new coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen StefaniManzo’d with Children, Kendra on Top, focusing on Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson‘s marital woesTrue Tori, and more to look forward to. See the list of reality TV shows with September or October premiere dates below.

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While some of our favorite reality shows may deserve Emmy Awards for their acting and scripts, they DO get some recognition in other categories.  The Primetime Emmys were announced this morning and several of our favorite shows made the cut!

Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Flipping Out and Million Dollar Listing New York were among the many shows given an Emmy nod today.  The Emmy winners will be announced on August 25th. Check out who made the cut!

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Next month marks The Amazing Race‘s 20th season as the ultimate competition reality show! Eleven new teams will travel around the globe to 22 cities and nearly 400,000 miles in the hopes of winning the $1 million dollar grand prize!

Among some of the crazy challenges the teams will face is skydiving in Argentina, training with Masai warriors in Tanzania and racing through Africa’s “Garden of Eden.” The teams will also embark on a culinary tour of Italy (color me jealous!) and visit King Ludwig’s quarters in the German castle that served as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the infamous fairytale. Color me jealous, again!

And like it or not, Big Brother alums Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly will be competing this season! Safe to say Rachel will not be allowing anyone to get between her and the million dollars!

This season’s cast also features Guido best friends and a border patrol team. Meet the eleven new race teams below!

CBS recently released a sneak peak of the upcoming season, which features tons of insane adventures and looks, frankly, amazing.

The Amazing Race premiers Sunday, February 19th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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The 19th season of the Amazing Race ended last night as new winners were crowned following a somewhat dramatic season.

In the end, engaged couple Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang came out victorious, crossing the finish line at Atlanta’s historic Swan House to take home the $1 million prize.

Ernie and Cindy’s win was a bit surprising as the couple had spent most of the season being stuck in second place. Front runners, Jeremy Cline and Sandy Draghi, who actually started the race in first place ended up coming in second.

Jeremy and Sandy lost their lead in the competition when their clue instructed them to head to a residence once known as “The Dump.” Failing to do their own research, the duo simply relied on a guy in a truck who sent them to the wrong location — a furniture store called “The Dump.”  On the other hand, Ernie and Cindy found the right location when they arrived at “The Dump” — an apartment in which “Gone with the Wind” was written.

Project manager Ernie, 29, and his fiancée Cindy, 30, a brand manager, won the competition following a journey that took them through 40,000 miles, four continents, 10 countries and 20 cities.

“This has been the best premarital counseling that you could ever get,” said Cindy following the win. “I can’t think of anything better in life than to have a husband that could be so supportive and caring even when I’m at my low.”

The couple revealed they plan on using the $1 million prize to start a charity to help those in need around the world. Former NFL player Marcus Pollard and his wife Amani came in third.

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CBS loves a reality crossover! Unfortunately for viewers, Survivors turned Survivors turned Amazing Race contestants turned Survivor (you get my drift) Rob and Amber Mariano have been replaced with a new over-exposed celebreality power couple.

Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas were the Big Brother couple many people loved to hate. We watched the pair fall in love on Season 12 of the hit show (who thought that would last?) and get engaged before returning for Round Two on the following season. Season 13 brought more of the same for the hot-and-cold, drama-loving pair when they returned with other former BB twosomes to switch up the show’s dynamic (sound familiar, Survivor?) with Rachel going on to win the $500,000 grand prize after her honey got the boot (yet again).

Well, now it seems the couple will have another chance to win over our hearts as they compete in the twentieth season of Amazing Race. Thanksgiving weekend, there were several reports that the new season was filming at Los Angeles International Airport, and among the traveling partners were Rachel and Brendon. Someone has to fill Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca’s shoes though, right?

Perhaps the pair will be the first CBS power couple to actually win Amazing Race. There have been several past crossover pairs, but only Rob and Amber have come close to taking home the title when they finished second on Season 7… not to be confused with when they traveled the world on the “all-star” edition of the series. If these airport sightings are accurate, maybe the couple will find the popularity needed to have CBS foot the bill for a televised wedding!

The new season of Amazing Race is set to premiere early next year.

DID YOU WATCH RACHEL AND BRENDON ON BIG BROTHER? HOW DO YOU THINK THE PAIR WILL DO IN THE AMAZING RACE? THOUGHTS ON CBS RECYCLING REALITY STARS?

It’s the kind of news I hate having to write about, but former Survivor winner Ethan Zohn’s cancer has returned.

In an interview with People, the thirty-seven year old reality television star explains that doctors told him on September 14 that the cancer had returned to his chest. Ethan had spent the previous twenty months in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, even while in remission, Ethan was concerned that the cancer could come back.

He states, “I don’t want fear or cancer to define me, but it’s always in the back of your mind.” Ethan continues, telling the magazine, “It’s localized in my lung area, [but] it’s good that it’s not all over my body.”

Ethan reveals that his long time girlfriend, another Survivor winner and Zohn’s recent Amazing Race partner, was with him when he received the news. Of thirty-year-old Jenna Morasco, Ethan admits, “We’re both filled with fear and anger and anxiety and gratitude and frustration. But there’s so much love there. It’s this whole spectrum of emotions.” He is grateful for his love of eight years who “[is] taking it like the rock star that she is.”

Ethan began a new form of chemotherapy on October 18, which will continue for twelve weeks. SNG-35 is a type of treatment that only targets cancerous cells, meaning, says Ethan, “I won’t lose my hair again.”

Once finished with the chemo, Ethan will likely go through another stem-cell transplant. One of his brothers is hopefully a match for Ethan, although his doctors won’t tell him which one. Zohn explains, “They didn’t want me to start treating one differently than the other. Of course my whole family is taking bets on who it is.”

Not the kind of person to let this news take over his life, Ethan reveals that on November 6, he will run the New York marathon as planned. He is participating in the race to raise money for his Grassroot Soccer organization, which Zohn founded to promote AIDS awareness, as well as prevention and education of the disease.

“The doctors think I’m crazy but they gave me the okay,” Ethan admits. He continues, “Cancer isn’t going to slow me down. I want people to know that you can still live a fulfilled life and move forward.”

What an amazing attitude to have and one that will definitely help him on his road to recovery. We here at RT are praying for Ethan’s quick return to good health!

The new season of the Amazing Race marks a decade of entertainment from the CBS series, so expect to see lots of new twists and turns.

The nineteenth season is highlighted by a cast headed up by former Survivor winners Jenna Morasca and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn. Joining them are a retired NFL player, Olympic snowboarders, a set of twins, the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world, and, of course, a pair of former Vegas showgirls…just to name a few.

This year’s race around the world will span four continents, twenty cities, and almost 40,000 miles of global travel. The eleven teams will start their trek in Southern California before heading to Taiwan. Thailand, Denmark, Malawi, and Indonesia will be other destinations for those fortunate enough to survive elimination.

This season, hosted by Phil Keoghan, also boasts a new “Hazard” penalty and the first ever double elimination. The new season of Amazing Race premieres Sunday, September 25, on CBS. Meet the teams below!

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After traveling 40,000 miles, nine countries, and five continents, sisters LaKisha and Jennifer Hoffman ended up the surprising winners of the Amazing Race season 18!

LaKisha and Jennifer beat out two other teams, father/daughter team Gary and Mallory, and Globetrotters Herb and Nate, to win the $1 million prize. The sisters’ win makes this only the second time in the show’s history an all women’s team has won.

“It was such a hard race,” Kisha, 30, stated. “From the start, it was like they had really stepped it up. And we’d get to the end of a leg, and there would be Phil Koeghan, giving us another clue and telling us to keep running!”

“You get so ready to go to a pit stop and rest,” adds Jennifer. “And then to keep running, it really wears you down.” Both sisters dedicated their win to their mother on the show last night. “We’re doing it for Mom,” said Jennifer promising to give some of their winnings to their mother. Aww.


Meanwhile, previous Amazing Race winners Meghan Rickey & Cheyne Whitney also tied the knot this weekend.

Meghan and Cheyne, the 2009 winners of season 15, got married on Saturday in front of over 200 of their closest friends and family. PEOPLE magazine reports the romantic and stylish wedding took place at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

“I’m a little bit hoarse, a little sick, but I’m excited,” Meghan told PEOPLE. “This is our day!” Cheyne added, “It’s been perfect. The ceremony couldn’t have been better.”

Meghan wore a strapless satin A-Line dress with sweetheart neckline and jeweled bodice, with the bridesmaids wearing long, Slate chiffon dresses. Their first dance was to “Is This Love” by Bob Marley.

Wedding Photo Credit – Aaron Feldman of True Photography Weddings!

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