The Hamptons -- one of the most filmed patches of real estate on the planet and setting to countless TV shows (even if one or two of those are actually filmed in North Carolina) -- is about to get yet another closeup, this time on “The Amazing Race.” The show’s current season wraps Friday night, and the locale will look familiar -- very.
In an unusual announcement, Suffolk County executive, Steve Bellone, announced that the race will conclude in Southampton, specifically on Meadow Lane, while the race itself will wind around the Hampton Bays Inlet, then go through Shinnecock East County Park and Cooper Beach.
The wrap locale is not a complete surprise: “The Amazing Race,” concluding its 27th season Friday at 8 (WCBS/2), did note that “Long Island, New York” would be among the eleven “destinations” when the new season launched in September.
Here are the statements: “We chose to shoot the finale of The Amazing Race on Long Island because the Hamptons are a magical and unique place you cannot find anywhere else in the world,” stated Elisa Doganieri, Co-Creator of The Amazing Race and Native Long Islander. “I also grew up on Long Island, so many of the places we showcased in the finale were places where I spent my summers.”
Said Bellone, “Sharing the beautiful natural assets of Suffolk County, Long Island on The Amazing Race and to its six million viewers is an opportunity we embraced,I thank the producers and creators of the show for wanting to locate their season finale competition in our County.”