New 'Amazing Race' season includes 'School of Rock' scribe
Mainstream moviegoers will recognize White as Ned Schneebly from "School of Rock," while indie fans might know him as Buck from "Chuck & Buck."
"The Amazing Race," which has won six consecutive reality series Emmys, will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET with Phil Keoghan returning to greet the teams at the mat.
This will be the first time that the "Race" has traveled to Siberia and Romania, on a jaunt that will span 40,000 miles and nine countries over 22 days.
"Heading into our 14th season, I wanted to pull out all the stops. We have extreme climates, intense roadblocks and less time in airports, which adds up to an exhausting course for the Racers. Whether you're a screen writer, a Harvard graduate, a jockey or a carpenter, this Race will test your stamina, your heart and your will to win," said Bertram van Munster, executive producer/co-creator of "The Amazing Race."
In addition to the father-and-son White team, the Race will include a team of stuntment, a team of former NFL cheerleaders and the race's first deaf contestant. There's also a more familiar assortment of pairings including the familiar couple where the woman wants a ring, but the dude isn't ready to commit, plus the strong women eager to prove that an all-female team can actually win.
A complete list of contestants:
Names: Mark Munoz and Michael Munoz
Ages: 48, 51
Names: Tammy Jih and Victor Jih
Ages: 26, 35
Relationship: Siblings and Harvard Law grads
Names: Lakisha Hoffman and Jennifer Hoffman
Ages: 28, 24
Occupations: Programming coordinator, Marketing assistant
Relationship: Siblings and former collegiate athletes
Names: Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski
Ages: 37, 40
Occupations: Flight attendants
Names: Cara Rosenthal and Jaime Edmondson
Ages: 26, 29
Occupations: Law student, former police officer
Relationship: Former Miami Dolphins' cheerleaders
Names: Brad and Victoria Hunt
Ages: 52, 47
Occupations: Distribution dispatcher, Tax manager
Names: Mel White and Mike White
Ages: 68, 38
Occupations: Writer/clergyman, Writer/producer/actor
Names: Linda and Steve Cole
Ages: 52, 43
Occupations: Customer service supervisor, Carpenter
Names: Jennifer Hopka and Preston McCamy
Ages: 26, 28
Occupations: Student, Software Engineer
Names: Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klincka
Ages: 23, 24
Occupations: Student, Sales representative
Names: Margie Adams and Luke Adams
Ages: 51, 23
Occupations: Clinical research associate, College graduate