CBS announces cast for next "The Amazing Race"

(CBS/KYTX) CBS has announced the 11 teams that will embark on a sprint around the globe for $1 million dollars on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE which premiers Sunday, September 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Emmy Award winner Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

THE AMAZING RACE has won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program" nine times in the past 10 years.  Currently, the series is nominated for its 10th Emmy in this category. This season, which marks the 23nd race around the world for the series, will bring back the Double Express Pass twist that was introduced last season, in which the first Team to check in at the first pit stop will earn two "Express Passes" — one to keep for themselves and one that must be given to another Team by the end of the fifth leg of the Race.

 As Teams travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles, they will paraglide high above the skies of Iquique, Chile, subject themselves to a bone-chilling plunge in Norway and buckle up for Formula One Racing in Abu Dhabi.    


This season's diverse cast includes former NFL teammates, married ER doctors, theater performers, childhood friends, baseball wives, cousins and more.

Name: Hoskote Venkatesh

Age: 60
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: ER Doctor

Name: Naina Venkatesh

Age: 27
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Current occupation: Fitness Instructor 

Connection: Father/Daughter


Name: Jason Case

Age: 33
Hometown: Attleboro, Mass.
Current occupation: Owner of a Snowplow Company

Name: Amy Diaz
Age: 29
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Current occupation: Social Media Manager

Connection: Dating


Name: Leo Temory

Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Entrepreneur/Restaurateur

Name: Jamal Zadran
Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles 
Current occupation: CEO/Owner of Z.I.G.

(Zadran Investment Group)

Connection: Cousins


Name: Tim Wiyninger

Age: 26
Hometown: Cordell, Okla.  
Current occupation: Oilfield Plant Operator


Name: Daniel "Danny" Merkey
Age: 25
Hometown: Cordell, Okla. 
Current occupation: Oil Field Operator

Connection: Best Friends



Name:   Rowan Joseph
Age: 56
Hometown:  Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation:  Actor, Producer, Director

and Voiceover Artist

Name:  Shane Partlow
Age: 47
Hometown:  Charlotte, N.C.
Current occupation:  Actor/ Producer

Connection: Theater Performers. They call themselves

the "Queens of Bingo."



Name: Brandon Squyres  
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.
Current occupation: Contractor 


Name: Adam Switzer
Age: 34
Hometown: Chico, Calif.

Current occupation: Eco-friendly farmer

Connection: Childhood Friends



Name: Allison "Ally" Mello 

Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL's LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Name: Ashley Covert
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: The NHL's LA Kings Ice Crew Girl

Connection: LA Kings Ice Crew 



Name: Nicole Jasper

Age: 39
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current occupation: ER Physician  


Name: Travis Jasper
Age: 43
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.  
Current occupation: ER Physician


Connection: Married ER Doctors


Name: Nicole "Nicky" Getz
Age: 27
Hometown: Splits time between Kansas City

and Troy, Mich.
Current occupation: Baseball Wife/Training to be a

Pilates Instructor


*Married to Chris Getz, who played for

the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals (currently)

Name: Kim DeJesus 
Age: 32
Hometown: Chicago  
Current occupation: Baseball Wife 

*Married to David DeJesus who played for the Kansas City Royals,

Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays (currently) 


Connection: Baseball Wives


Name:   Timothy Sweeney

Age: 32

Hometown: Morristown, N.J.

Current occupation: Sports Marketing 


Name: Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi

Age: 29

Hometown: Morristown, N.J.

Current occupation: Fitness Trainer/Gym Owner


Connection: Exes



Name: Chester Pitts II

Age: 33
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
Current occupation: Sports Analyst for "Texans Insider,"

Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and Altus HMS.


*Played for Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks for

more than 10 years in the NFL


Name:  Ephraim Salaam
Age: 36
Hometown: Studio City, Calif.
Current occupation:  Co-host of "Fox Sports Live." 


*Played for Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit

Lions, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons

for 13 years in the NFL


Connection: Former NFL Teammates





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