“The Amazing Race” holds onto Primetime Emmy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded The Amazing Race and Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron with Primetime Emmy Awards at the 64th annual event on Sunday night (September 23).
September 24, 2012

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded The Amazing Race and Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron with Primetime Emmy awards at the 64th annual event on Sunday night (September 23).

The Amazing Race continued to hold onto the outstanding reality-competition program category, after its 2011 win. The CBS series beat out So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, The Voice and Top Chef to claim its ninth Emmy.

Exec producer and series co-creator Bertram van Munster accepted the award, while executive producers Elise Doganieri, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Mark Vertullo, and host/co-executive producer Phil Keoghan took to the stage as well.

The win is the second year in a row that The Amazing Race has claimed the award, following its winning streak from 2003-2009 that was disrupted in 2010 by a win for Bravo’s Magical Elves-produced Top Chef.

In the outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program category, Dancing With the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron was declared the winner. It is Bergeron’s first Emmy win, over other nominated hosts Betty White from Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Ryan Seacrest from American Idol, Phil Keoghan from The Amazing Race and Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance.

History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, a scripted miniseries from Thinkfactory Media, also picked up two acting awards to add to the three it picked up at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Kevin Costner was named outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie, while Tom Berenger nabbed the outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie honor.

The two non-fiction wins join Frozen Planet and Deadliest Catch, among others, that took home Creative Arts awards on September 15.

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