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'The Amazing Race' takes reality prize again

No other series has ever won the category.

September 21, 2009|Martin Miller

Perhaps, in their far-flung travels around the globe, the creative forces behind "The Amazing Race" were able to persuade a foreign despot to oversee the counting of their Emmy votes.

The CBS show that throws teams into a chaotic race around the globe triumphed again for outstanding reality show. The show has won every year since the inception of the category seven years ago.

"We're very, very proud," said co-creator and co-executive producer Bertram van Munster. "There was 'Survivor,' 'Big Brother' and 'Amazing Race.' We were really the locomotives for network television to make good reality TV."

Apparently, all the pre-Emmy talk about it being someone else's turn -- like, say, Fox's "American Idol" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which after all are among the most popular shows on television -- was just that.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
'The Amazing Race': An article in Monday's Calendar about the seventh straight Emmy for "The Amazing Race" said its category was outstanding reality show. It is outstanding reality-competition program.

"I didn't think we were going to win," said Van Munster. "And then when we won, I was actually speechless."

But isn't there an issue of good sportsmanship here? Even Jeff Probst, who also won an Emmy for outstanding reality host for CBS' "Survivor," suggested the show might consider withdrawing from the category.

To that, Van Munster said: "I'm going to discuss that with my committee here. But it's unlikely."

How are they going to top this for next year?

"We're working on it," said Van Munster.

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martin.miller@latimes.com

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