September 10, 2001 12:00 PM

CBS (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET)

Eleven pairs of contestants race around the globe for a $1 million prize in this reality series, and the Sept. 5 premiere will keep you amused while the players hustle from New York City’s Central Park to Kennedy Airport for a trip to Johannesburg. One team gets lost on the subway; another takes a taxi and apologizes for not tipping the driver. (Imagine the cabbie’s colorful response if he hadn’t been on-camera.)

Alas, the opener slips into a rut when the competitors start bungee-jumping across an African gorge. Player after player quakes with fear, then whoops with exhilaration. The urban adventure is more entertaining.

Bottom Line: Half-decent start

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