The popular reality-competition show, ‘The Amazing Race Asia’, is debuting its second season on Thursday, November 22, on AXN. The new race will see teams cover over 50,000 km across four continents in just 24 days, compared to 36,000 km across two continents last season.
Ten teams from Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan would be vying for the $100,000 cash prize. In addition, for the first time in ‘The Amazing Race’ history, a hearing-impaired contestant joins the race, and the second season also sees the first Japanese team on the show. The other teams consist of a pair of TV hosts, childhood buddies, an ex-US Navy Chief and his wife, as well as feuding roommates.
Disney-ABC International Television first licensed the reality-competition format to Sony Pictures Television International’s AXN in October 2005. ‘The Amazing Race Asia 1’ quickly became the channel’s biggest original production ever and was the top show in its time slot amongst all international cable channels in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines when it premiered on AXN in November 2006.
Ricky Ow, General Manager of SPE Networks, Asia, said, “We are extremely proud of this production, which has brought us record ratings across Asia in its inaugural season, and it being the first AXN production to be syndicated is really icing on the cake. Thanks to the great team at Disney-ABC International Television, having the programme on these terrestrial channels means that more people can now catch this amazing show.”
The US version of ‘The Amazing Race’ is currently in its 12th season. The series has won the Emmy for Best Reality-competition Series for five consecutive years, including 2007.