July 17, 2014 - Jessica Liese is joined by Phil Gourlay to recap and analyze episode 2 of season 2 of The Amazing Race Canada, There's a Fish in my Pants.
July 7, 2014 - As Season 2 of The Amazing Race: Canada prepares to kick off, Jessica Liese takes a look at the cast and makes predictions.
May 19, 2014 - Task-wise, the Amazing Race season finale was everything RHAP's senior TAR correspondent Jessica Liese wanted out of this season's finale, possibly excepting the fact that there was no memory task, but frankly, there's a lot about this season she is trying to forget.
May 12, 2014 - As we usually do near the end of any major network reality season, RHAP's senior TAR correspondent, Jessica Liese, puts on her Jonathan Penner hat and takes a look at the stories that are being told about each of the remaining teams.
May 5, 2014 - There is beauty in diversity, in life and on the Amazing Race. The best Final Fours always seem to be the most diverse, because they give everybody someone to root for, and this may well be the most diverse one we've ever seen in terms of backgrounds, personalities, and relationships.
We've talked a lot this season about how the Amazing Race's editors have cast almost every racer left in the competition in a light that is vastly different from their previous performance. This week, let's continue this line of thinking, but we'll try to look past the editing and use what we've seen to piece together the ways in which the Racers are controlling their own destinies.
April 21, 2014 - I have to give The Amazing Race credit for one thing: they may have brought back a bunch of teams from previous seasons instead of expending the time and money to find new ones, but they sure have managed to make it seem like these are entirely new and different people, almost across the board.
April 14, 2014 - I've said it before many times - the Amazing Race is not a social game at its heart. Not the way its CBS brethren are. A great team doesn't necessarily have to engage others in order to win the whole thing, and there are plenty of teams who make the mistake of going into the show with the stated goal of forming alliances and eventually end up falling out of contention.
March 31, 2014 - If you hadn't already figured out that Dave and Connor are a dominant team, this week hammered home the point that they are here to race and race hard. Whether we would have seen this side of them if Dave hadn't snapped his tendon is anybody's guess, but they are definitely rewriting their legacy as the sweet, wholesome, adversity-facing dad and son who'd be just as content skipping off to the fishing hole as they are running up to the mat.
March 24, 2014 - This week's episode of the Amazing Race All-Stars was full of familiar strategic choices. RHAP's senior TAR correspondent, Jessica Liese, discusses.
One uncomfortable truth about this season of The Amazing Race just can’t be ignored any longer: they are cutting corners in a big way. Apparently the money Casting saved by not having to go out and find 22 new racers for this season was only the beginning. Four episodes in, and we’ve been to just […]
Given that Malaysia was the focus of this week’s episode, I would be remiss if I did not start off this week’s blog by expressing my deepest sympathy for the families of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. I hope that you will all swiftly find resolution and peace in the face of this tragedy. […]
“If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let ’em go, because man, they’re gone.” —Jack Handey I didn’t have high hopes for this week’s episode. What do we love about the Amazing Race? Among other things, the travel (of which there was none this week), tasks that push racers to […]
It’s true that I had some reservations about this season of The Amazing Race before it began. It’s equally true that these reservations have not yet been the least bit assuaged. The cast still has far more big characters than good racers (when an ideal All-Stars season would have represented both in equal measure), and […]
The American version of The Amazing Race might be able to pick up some pointers from its foreign cousins. Jessica Liese describes some of the more intriguing game twists from other editions of TAR.