Erich Gonzales won the 2nd season of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest in 2005. She waited and waited for her big break, watching as other, newer “stars” with considerably less talent come and swoop in to take the lead roles, relegating her to supporting bit parts; most of the time playing the token teen character in soaps.
September 5, 2001. Two similar and equally exciting new series premiered and helped Americans live vicariously through these lucky game show contestants who get to travel the world in the hopes of winning a million dollars.
And considering the global adventure, the million bucks almost seems like an afterthought. Almost, of course.
But almost a week later, the world changed forever. September 11 changed everyone’s lives. The world became even bigger. And both CBS’ The Amazing Race and NBC’s Lost, shows that involved air travel and globetrotting just weren’t the kinds of shows most people were rushing to watch at the time.
But at the same time, for the small audiences that did manage to discover the new shows, they, especially The Amazing Race helped make the world that much smaller and closer to home. The world that seemed scary and unknown just a week or month ago was actually still beautiful and inspiring.
For The Amazing Race, 22 everyday Americans seeing and exploring the world. Phil Keoghan, a New Zealand-born TV personality, our guide. The viewers living vicariously through them all while enjoying the thrill and excitement of competition.
The Amazing Race was critically acclaimed. And its audience was loyal. Fans of the show loved getting to see the world even if it was just an hour every week from the couch.
But the rest of America didn’t exactly feel the same way. Ratings for the first three seasons of The Amazing Race were decent, but not great. Especially in comparison to CBS’ megahit Survivor.
After season 3 ended in December 2002, CBS decided to hold season 4 for Summer. TAR seemed to be on its last legs. Could or even should CBS continue footing the bill for such an expensive series when the size of the audience might not exactly justify it?
TAR4 premiered in May 2003. All indications were this would be the last TAR ever. But 2003 was also the year the Emmys introduced a brand new category for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. With the influx of reality shows and talent competitions, the Emmys decided to include this booming genre at the kudoscast.
The Amazing Race was, not surprisingly, one of the…
It was a random Saturday evening in January 2005. I had nothing better to do that night so I flipped on the TV and turned to NBC (usually one of the first channels I’d turn to).
I had no idea what was on that night, and even more so when I actually saw what was on. Whatever it was, it seemed interesting so I tuned in for the rest of the 2 and a half hours. People in military uniforms, a sexy lady in a red dress (at one point accompanied by some robot thing), space ships, a very dark (literally) atmoshphere… what was this? Some Star Trek movie or something?
I would soon find out that what I had watched was actually an edited version of a miniseries entitled Battlestar Galactica that aired on the Sci Fi channel a little over a year before. NBC aired it on the usually dead Saturday to boost the premiere of the episodic series continuation of the miniseries that was going to begin on Sci Fi that week.
So I read up on it, learned about the original late 70s-early 80s series, remembered that some space show was in development at Fox a few years before, and decided I would check out the series. Continue reading →