I've often professed my love for "The Amazing Race," CBS' round-the-world adventure currently airing Sundays at 8 p.m.
I've often who would be my ideal partner for the race if I ever ran it. Obviously, I don't count running it with the goddess Christina Hendricks -- I try to limit myself to real people I actually know.
Obviously, my partner would have to be able to drive a stick shift, and be able to swim. He or she would have to be fairly fit, and speaking a foreign language couldn't hurt.
I figure I could handle the rest -- the reading the maps, solving the clues, deciding on strategy, booking passage, etc. I figure I'm good for most of the challenges, with the likely exception of eating the various gross dishes that they ask of participants. (However, I'd have been awesome at the chocolate factory challenge from a few years ago).
I still haven't settled on the right person yet, which for me has been kind of like trying to find the future Mrs. Ramati.
Anyway, I bring this all up because Mark Burnett, who created "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge," has sold the idea of "Expedition Impossible" to ABC. It's essentially an "Amazing Race"-style show, except that the teams are three-person teams instead of duos.
Also, this show seems much more in line with Burnett's "Eco-Challenge," with the contestants battling the natural elements more than trying to race through foreign cities.
The show is currently casting for contestants. http://abc.go.com/shows/expedition-impossible
Will the show be as good as "The Amazing Race," which has won multiple Emmys over the years? Maybe, maybe not. But for many viewers living vicariously through the competitors can be a thrill itself.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: That was a pretty cool twist ending to "Supernatural" (CW, 9 p.m.) last week. I won't spoil it here for those catching up, but it is further explored this week. It follows a new "Smallville," in which Michael Ironside returns as Lois' dad.
CBS is all-new with "Medium," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods," while Fox has a new "The Good Guys" at 9 p.m.
On cable, "Law & Order: UK" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) is new, as is "Sanctuary" (SyFy, 10 p.m.)
On Saturday, Georgia battles mighty Idaho State at 12:30 p.m. The game is being shown on WSB, so I don't know if we will get it in Middle Georgia.
On Sunday, "The Simpsons" (Fox, 8 p.m.) delivers its latest "Treehouse of Horrors" with guest star Daniel Radcliffe in a takeoff of "Twilight." The other animated Fox shows also have Halloween themes, all delayed a week because of the World Series.
"The Amazing Race" (CBS, 8 p.m.) keeps the teams in Russia with challenges built around the circus. It's followed by "Undercover Boss" and "CSI: Miami."
ABC has a new "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" from 9-11 p.m.
The excellent and fun "Sherlock" wraps up with its final part on "Masterpiece Mystery" (PBS, 9 p.m.)
On cable, I finally got to see the first episode of "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 10 p.m.) and it was worth the wait. The show pulled in big numbers for AMC as well.
"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 9 p.m.) continues to be one of the season's best new shows, followed by "Bored To Death" and "Eastbound and Down." Showtime has a new "Dexter" at 9 p.m. Sorry, but I find Lumen, Dexter's new sidekick, to be extremely irritating (I suppose that's the point), though admittedly, Dexter's solution to last week's problem was pretty funny.
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