Twitter has the news on 'Race' return


CBS' "The Amazing Race" was picked up for a 15th cycle Thursday and made history as the first series whose renewal was announced on Twitter.

Using the microblogging service, "Race" host Phil Keoghan posted the following tweet Thursday: "Great news. Just got the call from the network. CBS has ordered another season of 'The Amazing Race.' "

Instead of confirming through regular channels, CBS opted to do so on Twitter, whose popularity among Hollywood types has exploded during the past few months.

"This just in: CBS has ordered another season of the Emmy- winning 'Amazing Race,' " CBS' tweet said. "Official announcement coming."

Casting for the 15th edition of "Race" is under way. Keoghan is on a 40-day, 3,500-mile bike ride across the U.S. that ends in New York on May 9, the day before the season finale of "Amazing Race 14." Along the way, he will appear at open casting calls in Chicago (April 24), Pittsburgh (May 1) and New York (May 8).

Since its 2001 premiere, "Race" has won six consecutive Emmys for best reality competition series. (partialdiff)