The reality-competition bar is set high for any newcomer to break the stranglehold of perennial winner The Amazing Race, which, like variety series Daily Show, has won an amazing 10 times in the 12 years it has been on the air. But heed this trend: Race lost to Top Chef in 2010 and The Voice last year, which means it’s vulnerable. Well, only as vulnerable as a 10-time Emmy winner can be. Considering that there is an endless supply of reality-based programming on television ever since Survivor started the trend all those years ago, that the Emmys would be spreading the wealth around a lot more than they have. However, the nominees tend to be similar year after year and there hasn’t been much surprise. Will this year be any different, or will voters fall into old habits that apparently die hard? Here’s the handicap in this race dominated by the very familiar.
The Amazing Race, CBS
Yawn. If I never see Jerry Bruckheimer and his pack of producers take the stage again at another Emmy show it will be just fine. Nothing against the show. It’s terrific, but its time has come and gone. It’s a masterpiece of editing and building suspense, but clearly the cracks in its 10-time Emmy-winning armor are beginning to show. Let’s give someone else a chance at the podium this time around.
Dancing With The Stars, ABC
Aside from the competition aspect and audience voting, this stalwart really belongs in the variety, not reality, series category. DWTS is a performance show, and that is the definition of variety. Perhaps a change in venue is finally in order here? It just seems unfair for these “stars” to compete with Top Models and Top Chefs unless those shows take their place alongside Derek, Cheryl or Maks on the ballroom floor and really prove they have what it takes! (more…)