The place do Wonderful Race groups' baggage go throughout the remaining leg? Will Alaska: The Final Frontier season 11 occur? – actuality blurred

In in the present day’s version of Ask Andy, questions and solutions about what occurs to The Wonderful Race groups’ backpacks throughout the remaining leg of the race; streaming choices for the pleasant Restore Store; and if we’ll ever see Alaska: The Final Frontier season 11.
Andy, I hope you’ve had a superb begin to the brand new 12 months. I’ve a query about The Restore Store. As you realize, it simply bought dropped onto Discovery+ with the primary 3 seasons instantly then a 4th season added yesterday. Have you ever heard something about whether or not that 4th season has aired within the US earlier than? The Restore Store was streaming on one other service not too way back, however I can’t bear in mind what number of seasons had been obtainable then. Thanks. —Eugene
I’m so glad you’ve discovered The Restore Store, which is a completely pleasant present I extremely advocate.
Netflix licensed the rights to the primary two seasons again in 2020, after which a couple of 12 months in the past, dropped these and added season three. Now no seasons are on Netflix, as a result of Discovery+ has acquired the U.S. rights to the present.
Such as you famous, after including the primary three seasons on Dec. 15, Discovery+ added season 4 on Jan. 2.
There have been additionally day-long marathons of the primary three seasons on Discovery Channel—one thing I hope Discovery repeats, so extra folks can see the present, even when they don’t purchase Discovery+.
Some excellent news: season 5 is coming to Discovery+ later this 12 months. However there are much more that would doubtlessly discover their means right here. The Restore Store is presently airing season 9 within the UK now, so hopefully the remaining will ultimately make their means right here, too!
…I had a query concerning the remaining leg. [During The Amazing Race 32 finale], it appeared that Hung and Chee and probably the Beard Bros. ditched their backpacks within the New Orleans airport. (I do know Hung and Chee did as a result of he was the one one on the crew who carried one the entire present.) What occurred to those backpacks? I do know James and Will gained but it surely looks like it might be a bonus sooner or later in case you might simply go away backpacks at airports. —nameless, by way of feedback
That’s an ideal query, and one I’ve had throughout finales earlier than, too—after which promptly forgotten about!
It will, after all, not be a difficulty for The Wonderful Race 33, which stopped manufacturing after three legs and resumed filming a 12 months and a half later, utilizing a constitution jet as a substitute of business airline journey.
However hopefully the race can be again to regular for season 34, and I used to be additionally curious, such as you, about what occurred throughout the earlier 32 seasons, so I requested TAR govt producer and co-creator Elise Doganieri about this.
“Groups typically do go away their backpacks behind within the remaining leg, however it’s not a requirement and it’s fully as much as them,” she instructed me.
“An important bag they do maintain is their fanny pack, which has all their necessary paperwork, like their passport and no matter cash they may have,” Doganieri added. “Their backpacks normally solely comprise their clothes, which a few of them ditch to allow them to run the final leg as gentle as attainable.”
Relying upon the placement of the end line, it could be secure to dump a bag inside an space that the manufacturing controls. “In the event that they do maintain it and run the whole final leg with it, typically they drop it simply earlier than they run to the mat… once they know they’re inside a location that we have now locked down for the finale after which they might retrieve it when every little thing is finished,” she mentioned.
What I discovered most fascinating was what Elise instructed me about these baggage which are left on the airport: “Manufacturing doesn’t decide up the bag,” she mentioned. So the crew would wish to return to the airport later to get their backpacks.
The Wonderful Race 29, winner Scott Flanary—who was paired with a stranger, Brooke Camhi, for the race—seen all of this whereas watching, and he defined in an interview what their plan was. He instructed Actuality TV World:
As an excellent fan, I knew profitable groups normally discovered a strategy to race the ultimate leg with out baggage. We didn’t know there can be a lot operating within the remaining leg (someplace round 6.5 miles with no errors), however I feel operating with out baggage was definitely a bonus. The one stuff you want at check-in are your passport and clues, and people simply slot in your fanny pack.
Scott and Brooke checked their baggage on the airport, however had an ingenious plan to persuade the opposite two groups that they weren’t doing that:
The six of us talked about checking baggage once we had been on the ticket counter, however I discouraged all of us from doing so as a result of we didn’t know if we might get them again or if we’d want one thing throughout the leg.
That was all a [ruse], although, as a result of Brooke and I deliberate to gate test the bag after Mother and Dad [Tara and Joey] and Lolo [London and Logan] boarded, which is precisely what we did. (Gate test means we checked the luggage at boarding with the gate agent, and the luggage go to baggage declare upon arrival.)
The place can we watch a brand new season of Alaska The Final Frontier? We love that present. —Shannon
Alaska: The Final Frontier hasn’t aired a brand new season in additional than a 12 months, alas. Season 10, the most-recent season, premiered simply earlier than Christmas in 2020.
There has not been any information about it since. Final spring, Eivin Kilcher wrote on Instagram,
“So long as every little thing goes the best way we hope we’ll start filming season 11 within the spring of 2021. Right here’s to an superior 10 years and hopefully many extra to return.”
However with none information since then, it didn’t seem to be excellent news.
Nonetheless, simply earlier than Christmas 2021, so final week, a fan requested Eivin, “Are y’all nonetheless filming new seasons?” and he mentioned “sure.” That makes it appear much more like a brand new season of Alaska: The Final Frontier will air someday in 2022.
Within the meantime, in case you’d like to observe the most-recent season, season 10, it’s streaming on Discovery+, which is additionally obtainable by way of Amazon, and obtainable on-demand, plus for obtainable for buy in locations similar to Apple TV.
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Scott Flanary
Wednesday twelfth of January 2022
Hey from Racer Scott! Elise’s feedback are right: it was as much as us to retrieve our baggage. Since we had been in Chicago, there was a danger our flights dwelling had been at one other airport (O’Hare v. Halfway)…fortunately we had been flying out of the identical airport. Nonetheless, Korean Air (our airline from Seoul to Chicago) didn’t open till after our scheduled flights dwelling so we spent almost 8 hours on the airport and over the cellphone determining a strategy to get our baggage (think about this being an unofficial Route Information: nonetheless in sweaty race garments asking gate brokers of sister airways to see if they will get into Korean Air’s baggage maintain). We flew dwelling in our end line apparel with no baggage (what you see in my arms within the photograph above is all I had in my possession), however we ultimately bought our baggage despatched to our dwelling airports a couple of day or two later. Value it!
Andy Dehnart
Wednesday twelfth of January 2022
Wow! As somebody who beforehand assumed manufacturing simply picked up backpacks for the finalists and introduced them to a lodge or one thing, what truly occurs is mainly the alternative of what I imagined. However sure, it undoubtedly looks like it was well worth the trouble. I recognize that further perception, Scott!
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