The Amazing Race Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmy Awards

The Amazing Race has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards this year including its 12th nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

TAR is nominated in all the categories it was nominated for last year with a return nomination in the Outstanding Directing category. Unfortunately, Phil Keoghan has been shut out of the Outstanding Host category for the 2nd year in a row. TAR went home empty-handed last year.

The episode TAR submitted this year was Season 23’s Episode 9, “Part Like the Red Sea,” probably the only Emmy-worthy episode in the last year that feature teams Racing through Indonesia and Nicole’s epic meltdown.

TAR’s six nominations for this year are:
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

The Amazing Race Nominated for 5 Emmys; Phil Keoghan Snubbed!

The Amazing Race Nominated for 5 Emmys; Phil Keoghan Snubbed!

The Emmy nominations are out and The Amazing Race is once again nominated in the category it has dominated, Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

But this year, TAR is only nominated in five categories, down from seven last year.  And the two omissions are big ones.  Phil Keoghan is not nominated for Outstanding Host, the first time since 2009  Phil was not nominated when the category was introduced in 2008.  And Bertram Van Munster is not nominated for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming after five previous nominations.

TAR submitted Episode 22.07, “Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow.”

Phil’s snub seems to have made way for Anthony Bourdain to sneak into the category for The Taste, while Survivor scores two nominations in Directing for Nonfiction Programming for its two finales.

The nominees in the main Reality-Competition Program category are unchanged from last year; Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, and The Voice.

The Emmys will be handed out on Sunday, September 22nd on CBS

The Amazing Race‘s Emmy Nominations are:
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRPAHY FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING

The Amazing Race Australia Nominated for Emmy!

The Amazing Race Australia Nominated for Emmy

The Amazing Race Australia has been nominated for an International Emmy award in the Non-Scripted Entertainment Category.  This is the first nomination for the Australian version of the franchise.  Season 3 of The Amazing Race Asia was nominated for an Emmy in 2009.

TARAu goes up against The Challenger Muaythai from Singapore, El Horminguero (The Anthill) from Spain and Planeta Extremo (Extreme Planet) from Brazil.

The International Emmys will be handed out on November 19th in New York City.

The Amazing Race Takes Home 9th Emmy

The Amazing Race Takes Home 9th Emmy



The Amazing Race maintains its Emmy dominance winning its 9th Emmy in 10 nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. 

TAR submitted Episode 8 of season 20, “Let Them Drink Their Haterade” and fended off its fellow repeat nominees plus darkhorse newcomer, NBC’s The Voice. TAR’s only loss was in 2010 to Top Chef.

In the Host of a Reality-Competition Program category, Tom Bergeron from Dancing with the Stars won his first Emmy and broke Jeff Probst’s own hold in the category after not being nominated this year.  TAR host Phil Keoghan doesn’t go home empty handed though as he gets his own statue as part of the TAR production team.

The Hollywood Reporter Names Amazing Race Team an Emmy Icon

Hollywood Reporter Names Amazing Race Team an Emmy Icon

In their September 21st issue, The Hollywood Reporter named the Amazing Race brain trust of Jerry Bruckheimer, Betram Van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman and Phil Keoghan as one of their Emmy Icons and Legends alongside the likes of J.J. Abrams, Glenn Close, Candice Bergen, David E. Kelley, Aaron Sorkin and Dick Wolf:

Here’s the full blurb from The Hollywood Reporter:

The ‘Amazing Race’ Creator Feared Cancellation Until Their First Win

Certainly there are more decorated shows in Emmy history, but none has the type of category dominance The Amazing Race has seen for the past decade.

CBS’ globe-trotting alternative to traditional unscripted fare — where teams of two compete in challenges in a race toward an exotic finish line — has taken the outstanding reality competition prize eight of nine times since the category was introduced in 2003. It’s a feat many attribute to the series’ more classy approach to an often muddy genre.

“It’s a family show,” says executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “You can watch it with your 5-year-old and your grandparents.”

Jonathan Littman, Bruckheimer’s production partner, remembers how easy it was to sell the idea of their costly show. “CBS got it right away,” he recalls. “Staying on the air was more of a challenge. We went cycle to cycle for a few years. That first Emmy made us harder to cancel.”

Despite the accolades and consistent ratings (including a 3.3 average among adults 18-to-49 last season), series co-creators and spouses Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster were unsure about the show’s future. “I didn’t quit my job until the second season,” says Doganieri, who came from advertising.

Now she and van Munster have circumnavigated the globe during each of the show’s 21 cycles. “But no matter how many miles anybody has traveled, Bert will say he’s traveled more,” says Phil Keoghan, who received his fourth Emmy nomination as host this year.

It’s a bragging right that also can sound exhausting. Keoghan once was stuck in a Ukrainian detention facility until the U.S. ambassador — a fan of the show — had him sprung. All this is a far cry from Hollywood, and that’s one of the reasons the Amazing Race team believes the show is still on the air. “You can put new faces on a soundstage, but you’re ultimately looking at the same thing,” says Keoghan.

“On Amazing Race, you never see anything twice.” With 11 international iterations (including The Amazing Race Philippines), the series has a far-flung group of dedicated alums. “When we get the Emmy, we get texts from people around the world,” says van Munster. “People in Africa, Russia and Asia all say, ‘We won!’ “

The Amazing Race Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy Awards!

The Amazing Race Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy Awards!

It’s that time of year again.  The Emmy nominations were just announced and The Amazing Race has again been honored with noms.

TAR is nominated in seven categories, all of which the same categories they were nominated last year, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Phil Keoghan for Outstanding Host.

Betram van Munster returns as a nominee for Directing as well as nominations for Cinematography, Picture and Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

After going home empty handed in 2010, TAR returned to the Emmy winners circle last year.  This is TAR’s 10th series nomination and will go for its 9th series Emmy with the season 20 episode “Let Them Drink Their Haterade.”

While TAR’s nominations mirror the last two years, its fellow nominees have drastically changed.  This year, TAR goes up against familiar foes, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, and Top Chef, but also new nominee The Voice, taking the slot previously held by American Idol.  This now makes The Amazing Race the longest running nominee in the category since it was introduced in 2003.

Meanwhile, host Phil Keoghan gets a new fellow nominee as well with Betty White taking Jeff Probst’s slot amongst those tapped in the Outstanding Host category.  Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron and Cat Deeley return as nominees.

The Emmys will air on ABC on Sunday, September 23rd.

The Amazing Race’s 2012 Emmy Nominations:
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING PICTURE EDITING FOR REALITY PROGRAMMING
OUTSTANDING SOUND EDITING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING (SINGLE OR MULTI-CAMERA)
OUTSTANDING SOUND MIXING FOR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING

The Amazing Race’s Emmy Submissions Through the Years

The Amazing Race‘s Emmy Submissions Through the Years

I’ve decided to keep this post updated every year.

For history’s sake, here are TAR’s previous Emmy submissions:

2003: Episode 3.08 – “This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!”
Switzerland – John Vito & Jill NEL; Falling pants, Lots of running, footrace to Mat

2004: Episode 4.06 – “I Could Have Never Been Prepared For What I’m Looking At Right Now”
India – Monica & Sheree eliminated; The infamous trains episode: “Don’t touch my boob man or I’ll throw you off the train!”

2005: Episode 7.07(?) – “We’re Moving Up the Food Chain”
Hour 2 of “I’ve Been Wanting a Face Lift for a Long Time”
Botswana – Ray & Deana eliminated; Brian & Greg’s accident/comeback

2006: Episode 9.08 – “Here Comes the Bedouin”
Oman – BJ & Tyler NEL; Bedouins! Camels!

2007: Episode 10.04 – “I Know Phil, Little Ol’ Gorgeous Thing!”
Vietnam – Tom & Terry eliminated; Junks and sampans

2008: Episode 12.08 – “Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!”
India – Kynt & Vyxsin eliminated; Ron & Christina putting up the poster and stepping on flimsy crates! Kynt & Vyxsin yoga Speed Bump.

2009: Episode 14.01 – “Don’t Let a Cheese Hit Me”
Switzerland – Preston & Jennifer eliminated; Premiere; Cheese; Margie & Luke win leg

2010: Episode 16.05 – “I Think We’re Fighting the Germans, Right?”
France – Joe & Heidi eliminated; WWI simulation

2011: Episode 18.07 – “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win”
India – Ron & Christina eliminated Frown ; Funeral spires… India.

2012: Episode 20.08 – “Let Them Drink Their Haterade”
Tanzania – Nary & Jamie eliminated; Safari, Mark & Bopper win

2013: Episode 22.07 – “Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow”
Botswana – Pam & Winnie’s shocking elimination; Caroline & Jennifer are pulled over by the police and need to pay a fine; Crocodile water skiing fast forward

2014: Episode 23.09 – “Part Like the Red Sea”
Indonesia – Ally & Ashley eliminated; Angklung, Nicole meltdown, ramming rams

2015: Episode 25.05 – “Morocc’and Roll”
Morocco – Keith & Whitney eliminated; Jemaa el-Fnaa madness, tea, head twirls, “AND WHAT?!”
*Also submitted for consideration: TAR25.10 – “Smells Like Dirty Tube Socks” (Philippines 1) and TAR25.12 – “All or Nothing” (Finale/Los Angeles)

2016: Episode 27.11 – “It’s Not Easy Beating Green”
Hong Kong/Macau – Tiffany & Krista eliminated; Justin & Diana penalty, dramatic finish and City of Dreams Macau informercial

2016: Episode 28.05 – “We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today”
France – Erin & Joslyn eliminated; poor Leg design, pretty snowy mountains, unfair final Road Block, lack of competition

2017: Episode 29.03 – “Bucket List Type Stuff”
Tanzania – Seth & Olive eliminated; U-Turn, passport drama, market shopping.