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Reality Roundup: More "Survivor" for CBS; "Amazing Race" Staffing

In a move that surprised no one, CBS has gone ahead and renewed reality powerhouse Survivor for the 2008-09 season.

Additionally, Jeff Probst has also signed a new deal to continue on as the unflappable host of the series, which will return next season with its 17th and 18th installments.

"I still get excited to get on the plane and travel to another exotic location with another group of adventure-seeking, type-A personalities," Probst told The Hollywood Reporter. "It is without question the best job I've ever had."

Survivor's current installment launches February 7th while casting is already underway on the 17th season.

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Meanwhile, fans of The Amazing Race will be happy to know that the sophisticated and decidedly unsnarky elder statesman of the reality genre will be returning with another season of Road Blocks, intra-team fighting, and Phil Keoghan.

While there has still been no official announcement from CBS, The Amazing Race will definitely be returning for at least another cycle and the producers have begun to quietly staff the next installment, a source close to the production told me.

Which is definitely cause to celebrate.

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Lastly, a small tidbit from staffing land: a source has told me that Anthony Dominici, late of America's Next Top Model, where he was an executive producer (and before that a supervising producer on The Amazing Race), has taken over as showrunner on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Congrats, Anthony!

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Anonymous said…
Yay Amazing Race! It's so nice to have a reality show out there with a little heart and soul and this show does it like no other.

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