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The Amazing Race: Host And Producer Happy With Change To High Definition

March 19, 2011 12:00 PM by Allyson Wells

The Amazing Race Host Phil Keoghan revealed that his least favorite question was when the show would make the jump to high definition.  This season marks the show’s first broadcast in high definition.  Both Phil and the producers of the show are happy with the results so far.

Speaking to the Associated Press, executive producer Bertram Van Munster said, “Visually, it will be a much richer show.  We’re glad that CBS gave us the greenlight to do this in HD.  We didn’t do so bad in the regular format.  We won the Emmy for best reality television cinematography, but now we can go a little further with our new modern technology on those big beautiful flatscreens.”

The viewers are the winners in this change, as seeing the racers crawl through mud, bathe in waterfalls and swim in shark tanks has been more visually stimulating.  Viewers can look forward to even more visual stunners when the racers visit Varansai, India; Vienna, Austria; Zermatt, Switzerland and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Phil loves the variance of the race.  “I think one of the great aspects of this race is all the stark contrasts.  For example, going from Varanasi to Zermatt, you’ve go this hot, colorful place in Asia then a very cold, snowy place in Europe.  The teams that were racing through those countries were able to see the extreme differences and we’re able to show that off in HD.”  Best of all, Phil no longer has to answer that pesky high definition question any longer.

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