Corporate synergy with 50% owner CBS already has done well for TVGN, which saw triple-digit ratings increases from last fall’s broadcasts of CBS properties Big Brother After Dark and The Young & The Restless. Now it is adding exclusive encores of the most current episodes of CBS competition series The Amazing Race and Survivor back-to-back Saturdays at 8 PM and 9 PM beginning this week. Amazing Race kicked off its 24th season last Sunday opposite NBC’s Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony, and Survivor‘s 28th cycle debuted last night. TVGN, in more than 80 million homes, is 50/50 co-owned by CBS and Lionsgate.
An all-star edition of The Amazing Race, featuring eleven former teams, will launch against the Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony on February 23. The 28th cycle of Survivor, which recently was renewed for a milestone 29th and 30th seasons, will start with a two-hour premiere three days later, on February 26, marking the longest-running reality competition series’ first two-hour launch since Heroes vs. Villains on Feb. 11, 2010. This season, castaways will be separated into three tribes—brawn, brains and beauty.
For the first time since the creation of the best reality-competition category, a singing competition won the Emmy tonight. The Voice — aka, the singing competition NBC bought when it lost the bidding war to get Simon Cowell’s The X Factor — became only the second non-The Amazing Race series to win this category. CBS’ Amazing Race has won this derby nine times. “We’re back on Monday. Keep us No. 1,” exec producer Mark Burnett plugged onstage, thanking NBC for “for taking a risk” when it bought the overseas format. “The Voice is like producing an awards show on the fly with massive pyrotechnics and massive effects,” Burnett said backstage. He scoffed at any comparisons to Fox’s once-ratings-dominant singing competition, American Idol. “This is a very different show. It’s a kind show. There’s no humiliation in The Voice. People said these kinds of shows couldn’t work without humiliation, and that’s not true.” Burnett said he never felt any real comparison to Idol was genuine.
Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and ENTV host Melana Scantlin discuss Pete’s predictions in the reality and variety categories in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys, along with his wish list. Will The Amazing Race dominate once again and, after 32 nominations, will this finally be Bill Maher’s year for Real Time?
Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond has a simple wish: How about some competition in the Emmy Reality Competition category? With just one week left for voters to pick their nominees for this year’s awards, Hammond suggests some alternatives to The Amazing Race, which has won all but one year the category has existed. He also has says that, though American Idol has little chance of nabbing a nom this year, its host Ryan Seacrest is way past due to win as Best Reality Host.
Andy Patrick is an AwardsLine contributor.
Considering that upstart docureality series like Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are dominating ratings and pop culture, reality-competition series have largely been overshadowed. NBC’s buzzy singing contest The Voice last year injected some fresh blood into the Emmy reality-competition field, which had mostly been filled by the same shows for the past decade. In fact, CBS’ The Amazing Race has snagged the Emmy every year but one since the category’s inception in 2003. However, The Voice is coming in strong in ratings and challenging Amazing Race’s hold on the title. So while you contemplate whether the reality-competition category is primed for a shakeup this year, here’s our assessment of the competitors.
The memorial, which includes wreckage of a downed U.S. B-52, was used as a location where contestants hunted for clues. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion organizations had criticized CBS over the show’s use of the memorial. Two Americans were killed when the bomber went down. The segment also included a choir singing a tribute to the Vietnam Communist Party.
The Amazing Race Sprints North To Canada
CBS’ The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan announced tonight that viewers north of the border can look forward to their own The Amazing Race Canada that will air on Canada’s CTV, which has licensed format rights from Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The Amazing Race Canada will launch in Summer 2013. Competition will take place within Canada, which features a variety of rugged, challenging terrain. Insight Productions will produce with the support of Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri’s Profiles Television. Casting, host, and other information about the show will be announced during the coming months.
Deadline’s Pete Hammond and Awardsline’s Christy Grosz ruminate on Emmy nominations (or in one glaring case the lack thereof) for Reality Competition shows with ENTV YouTube channel host Brian Corsetti:
Michael Slezak is Senior Editor at TVLine
Reality television by its very nature thrives on unexpected twists, shock eliminations, and upset victories. But the most surprising thing about the Emmy race for outstanding reality-competition program over the last five years has been the almost total stagnancy of its pool of contenders. Indeed, from 2007-2011, the same five shows — The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef – have maintained a chokehold on nominations in the category. The sole exception to this five-member monopoly came in 2011, when Emmy added a sixth nominee, Fos’s So You Think You Can Dance, to the mix.
But wait. That “kerplunk” you’re hearing might just be the sound of a new contender (or two) dropping into the proceedings. Indeed, the 2011-2012 season found The Voice proving itself a genuine (and genuinely enjoyable) ratings force in its second season for struggling NBC. On Fox, Simon Cowell’s British import The X Factor stormed the U.S. coastline with a combination of flashing lights, aggressive backup dancers, and Paula Abdul’s tears. Will these newcomers force Emmy to redistribute the nomination wealth, or will 2012 be another case of same-old same-old? Let’s examine the contenders, in alphabetical order:
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The globetrotting adventure series has dominated the category like a Rottweiler facing a pack of teacup poodles: Since Emmy first began handing out a Reality-Competition statuette in 2003, TAR has won every year except 2010. And with Season 20 featuring breathtaking footage of everywhere from India to Japan, and Argentina to Azerbaijan, another nomination is the closest thing there is to an Emmy certainty. As for a ninth visit to the winner’s circle? That’d be no surprise, either.
ABC’s Once Upon A Time is looking a little less magical these days. Airing in the 8 PM hour, which has been impacted by viewer erosion due to holiday shopping, the fairytale drama hit a series low for a third consecutive week with its fall finale last night. It posted a 2.9/7 in adults 18-49, down 9% from last week. Proving once again that movies — original or theatrical — don’t do well on broadcast TV, ABC’s rebroadcast of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory posted a soft 1.3/3 from 9-11 PM.