Entertainment behind the scenes
“Amazing Race” stiff-arms “Idol”, again, in Emmy reality show battle
The producers of Fox’s program “American Idol” are likely asking themselves what they need to do on their show to ever beat CBS’ series “The Amazing Race” and win the best reality competition trophy at the Primetime Emmys.
Singing competition “American Idol” remains the most watched show on TV, and the team behind the show would surely like to cap that accomplishment with an Emmy for the program.
But it was not to be on Sunday, as “The Amazing Race” and its tale of globetrotting competition, again took the trophy, winning in the category for the seventh straight year. That got Jeff Probst, the host of the rival reality show competition “Survivor,” who won an Emmy for his job on the program, talking backstage to reporters about a possible solution to “The Amazing Race’s” dominance.
“Maybe ‘Amazing Race’ should just do what Oprah (Winfrey) did and just pull themselves out of the competition and say, ‘We’ve won enough, our walls are full of trophies, we’ll let someone else win,’” said Probst, whose show survivor is also on CBS, just like “The Amazing Race.”
Bert Van Munster, one of the creators of “The Amazing Race,” was not about to take Probst up on his suggestion. Standing backstage with the team behind the show, he jokingly said, “I’m going to have to discuss it with my committee, but it’s unlikely.”
And he showed no signs of wanting to pull the plug on “The Amazing Race,” which began in 2001.
“I’m a paranoid television producer,” he said. “I would never give something up that’s so good.”