Reruns of Amazing Race starting 7/9

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Reruns of Amazing Race starting 7/9
Thu, 06-09-2005 - 8:18pm

Cable network GSN has finalized a deal for rerun rights to "The Amazing Race," joining a burgeoning trend of unscripted series finding life after their initial airings.

The former Game Show Network has picked up repeats of all seven editions of the show that have aired on CBS, plus rights to the eighth edition of the game, which debuts in the fall, and an option for the ninth and 10th cycles. Episodes will air nightly at 9 p.m. ET, beginning Monday, July 11 with the show's first episode.

"'The Amazing Race' is perfect for our network. It offers everything that our network stands for -- competition, adventure, terrific production values, good storylines and great characters," says Ian Valentine, head of programming at GSN. "We couldn't be more thrilled to be the year-round home of this award-winning series.

GSN's deal for "The Amazing Race," in the works for several weeks, comes shortly after OLN picked up rights to "Survivor" and VH1 snagged "America's Next Top Model." The acquisitions are pretty much virgin territory for unscripted shows, which, aside from same-week encores in some cases, aren't part of their networks' regular rerun schedules.

The conventional wisdom is that because they have serial stories and fans already know the outcome, they won't work as repeats. "The Amazing Race," though, may have an advantage in that regard. Although its popularity has taken off in the past year, its first few seasons didn't capture very big audiences.

"We have received an outpouring of responses from our viewers that they would love to see the series again, and we have many fans who came to the series after its beginning," executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer says. "'The Amazing Race' on GSN will satisfy both groups and hopefully bring in new fans."