"Amazing Race" finally getting HD upgrade

Wed Nov 3, 2010 1:15am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - At last: after nearly a decade on the air and winning outstanding reality competition Emmys for seven years in a row, "The Amazing Race" is getting an HD upgrade.

"Yes, yes, yes," CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are doing 'Amazing Race' in HD next year. I just announced it, there you go."

Scripted broadcast shows made the HD leap years ago, followed by many top reality shows. All the while, "Race" fans and even host Phil Keoghan have been longing to see the scenic globetrotting series in the high-resolution format.

The show's producers have previously cited the cost of converting a worldwide production crew to the more expensive HD gear, as well as concerns about the portability and durability of HD cameras. Some of those reasons were brushed aside a couple years ago when CBS' own "Survivor" made the HD leap, along with the release of Discovery's HD masterpiece "Planet Earth."

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