“Amazing Race” reclaims reality competition Emmy

The Amazing Race (pictured, host Phil Keoghan) returned to the winners' circle last night, claiming the prize for Outstanding Reality-Competition program at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
September 19, 2011

The Amazing Race (pictured) returned to the winners’ circle last night, claiming the prize for Outstanding Reality-Competition program at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences named the CBS series the winner, which had a consecutive reign on the category from 2003-2009. In 2010, Magical Elves’ Top Chef took the prize.

The Amazing Race bested other nominees Top Chef, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef and So You Think You Can Dance, to win its eighth Emmy.

The show’s exec producer Bertram van Munster accepted the award, while other exec producers who received the award included Elise Doganieri, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Mark Vertullo, and co-executive producers Evan Weinstein and Dan Coffie.

Supervising producers included Giselle Parets, Michael Norton, Barry Hennessey, Matt Schmidt, Patrick Cariaga, Phil Keoghan and Michael Miller, and senior producers Bob Parr and Neil Jahss.

Additionally, HBO Films’ Cinema Verite – a drama based on the production of the infamous 1970s PBS series An American Family, which was billed as one of the earliest examples of the reality television genre – was up for six Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie award.

It lost to PBS’ Downton Abbey in that category, but picked up a technical prize for outstanding single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or a movie.

The awards were handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, while the Creative Arts Awards were given out at a prior ceremony, as previously reported.

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