The premiere of season 25 will be on Friday, 26th September at 8pm US Eastern time. They've moved it to Friday nights in the "death slot." The reason they're giving is that fans complained about football delays, so this takes football out of the equation. I can definitely see their point there, but I am worried about the show's future now. Hopefully it'll be a good enough Race that they'll keep it going despite the timeslot. 25 is a nice round number for them to end the series, though... argh!
What I'm most hoping for is a less model-oriented and less drama llama cast and more of a group of teams I can enjoy watching. I know some people like the schadenfreude. I can respect that. At the same time, if a team's relationship to each other or to other teams is so painful to watch that I can't stand it, I want to tune out. There have been past Races that I just couldn't handle because the teams were all so mean to each other. It's even worse when the teams are jerks to the locals wherever they are.
What I enjoy most is a Race where I can root for every team to win. I want to be tearing up at each Philimination, not saying "Oh, thank goodness those people are off my TV!" Given this season's showing signs the show is in jeopardy, I'll watch regardless... but I hope casting wasn't trying too hard for the drama angle this time.