June 21, 2012 |
Ever wonder what goes into putting a reality show together? We here at The Envelope certainly did. From scripting out the challenges to winging it on camera, from taking a personal interest in contestants to weeding out the pretenders, reality hosts Padma Lakshmi ("Top Chef"), Phil Keoghan ("The Amazing Race"), Adam Savage (Mythbusters") and Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") covered it all when we asked them to chat with Times staff writer Amy Kaufman about their worlds. VIDEO: Watch the discussion Here are edited excerpts of that free-ranging conversation.
June 19, 2012 |
Jenna Bush-Hager, the former first daughter and "Today" show correspondent, is flirting with Phil Keoghan territory as she steps in as guest host for one episode of the Yahoo reality competition series "Plugged In. " The series, which airs on Yahoo Screen, pits teams of two in a series of challenges in various American cities in an attempt to win a new electric car from Ford, a series co-producer. Although each episode features a different city and a different celebrity host, Bush-Hager is one of the more high-profile (and non-Hollywood)
May 17, 2012 |
Phil Keoghan, the Emmy-winning host of the reality show "The Amazing Race," is also a fan of cycling. He is such a big fan that he is now a sponsor for a women's cycling team, NOW and Novartis for MS, based in Santa Monica. On Friday, Alison Powers, a 33-year-old American riding for Keoghan's team, finished second in the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial in Bakersfield. Powers was behind only Kristin Armstrong, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the road racing event.
March 11, 2011 |
The magnitude 6.3 quake that hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island last month may have staggered its residents, but not for long, says one of its native sons. “You can knock down a building, but you can’t knock down a Cantabrian,” says Phil Keoghan , host of CBS’ “ Amazing Race ,” who was born and raised just outside the city limits of Christchurch. “They’re going to dust themselves off and get back up again.” Keoghan, whose parents own a bed and breakfast there, went home last week to check in with his mom and dad and friends in the area, which was also struck in September by a magnitude 7.2 quake.
August 30, 2010 |
Good taste finally put an end to an "Amazing" winning streak. Bravo's cooking competition "Top Chef" scored one of the Emmys' biggest upsets when it beat out "The Amazing Race" for the reality-competition program prize. The international chase show had won seven consecutive times in the category and had been the only winner in the division since it was established eight years ago. The win marked the first Emmy for the producers of the cooking series, who appeared entirely stunned when they crowded onstage to accept the award.
June 17, 2010 |
When done right, reality show hosts blend into the background: They must move the episode along, point out the rules, emphasize high points while smoothing over the low points … and never think they're the stars of the show. Their prize at the end of the season? A possible Emmy nomination. Here are four likely contenders who let us know what it's like doing this kind of job. Tom Bergeron "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC) What's one quality a good host must have?