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It disappoints Bertram Van Munster that The Amazing Race lost last year's reality competition Emmy to Top Chef. "I re-created a complete battlefield from the First World War with airplanes and a French army and Doughboys," he recalls, citing one leg of the Season 16 journey that ended with a Tour De France race on vintage bikes. Still, he can't complain — the round-the-world series claimed the prize seven years in a row. "There's room for everybody," he concedes. And Race continues to be a ratings grabber for CBS, now in Season 18, garnering an average 2.6 rating and 9.24 million viewers. In March, it was renewed for a 19th installment. If circling the globe three times in preparation and execution of the series were not enough to keep him busy, Van Munster also has the cat-and-mouse competition series Take the Money and Run premiering in July on ABC. "We make huge efforts on a big scale to bring the world a little bit together," he says. "I give people a little bit of an understanding what this place is about and how fragile it is."