During our recent chat (listen above), “The Amazing Race” host/producer Phil Keoghan reflects on the show’s 10 Emmy wins for Best Reality-Competition Program and talks candidly about the secret of the success of the show, both with TV academy voters and the viewing public. “The fact that we are still a relevant show is hugely satisfying. We strive each season to make the show as fresh and original as we can.”
Keoghan reflects on the show’s perennial presence in this category; it has been nominated each and every year since this award was introduced back in 2003. “There are some good shows out there. We love that we are relevant still and that we are making a show that people want to watch which is worthy of being nominated for an Emmy.” To that end, he says that he and the other producers are never satisfied, that they are constantly seeking to tweak the format.
He reveals that the show submitted the fifth episode from Season 28 (“We’re Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today”) to Emmy judges this year. As he explains, this episode, shot in the French Alps, had the feel of a film. Indeed, it is also nominated for cinematography and picture editing. “It is unlike any episode of ‘Amazing Race’ that we’ve ever had. Mont Blanc in the background, the teams going up into the thin air to perform these challenges — blowing up avalanches and then literally flying off the mountain above what might be the most spectacular mountain town in the world.”
“The Amazing Race” won its first seven Emmy bids before being bested by “Top Chef” in 2010. It came back to take the crown in each of the following two years before ceding it to “The Voice” in 2013. However, it edged out that NBC ratings juggernaut in 2014 only to lose to it again last year. Which show do you think will prevail this year?
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