Official website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race/CBS officially renewed the 17th edition of The Amazing Race on January 25, 2010. The season premieres on September 26, 2010 with a special 90-minute episode before returning to its regular hour-long format the following week.
This season will span 32,000 miles (51,000 km) over four continents including new destinations Ghana, Bangladesh and for the first time, teams will cross the Arctic Circle.
Filming began on May 26, 2010, with the starting line at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts, making this the first season since The Amazing Race All-Stars to start in a city other than Los Angeles.
According to CBS, the team finish first in premiere episode will get a surprise, game changing advantage.
Applications were due on February 4, 2010. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in March 2010 and the final casting interviews took place in Los Angeles around March 2010. From there, 11 teams were selected as contestants and filming took place around May to June 2010.
This cast includes a team of home shopping hosts, an Internet entertainer, Ivy League a cappella singers, and a birth mother & daughter who recently reunited following an adoption over 20 years earlier. This is the first season ever without a married couple.