It seems that Primetime Emmy voters have grown tired and continue to refuse to recognize the impact of "Survivor," the show that changed television and was recently named to Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 TV Shows of All Time (coming in at number 50, it was the highest-ranked reality competition show on the list). With the release of today's Primetime Emmy nominations, "Survivor" was over-looked yet again as was its host, Jeff Probst, in the category of Outstanding Reality TV Host.
The Host category was created in 2008 and for the first four years of its existence, Probst was not only nominated, but he won it. Last year marked the first year that he not only lost, but failed to even land a nomination. For the second straight year, voters apparently think that Betty White is a more "outstanding" host, for her scripted-hosting efforts on "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."
"Survivor" has surprisingly never won in the "Reality - Competition Program" category and hasn't even been nominated in the category since 2006. Two strong seasons this past year weren't enough to include it and if "Heroes vs. Villains" wasn't able to make the grade, it's highly unlikely it will ever be nominated again as a series in today's flooded Reality TV market.
It was nice to see Anthony Bourdain make the cut, as one of the co-hosts on the new ABC reality-competition show, "The Taste." But Betty White? Voters are once again off their rockers.
The 27th season of "Survivor" is just two short months away, premiering on Wednesday, September 18 on CBS. This addition is called: "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" and is rumored to have returning contestants competing with and/or against a tribe of their loved ones. Check back often for updates as we get closer to the Fall premiere of "Survivor."
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