The Amazing Race wins Emmy.

The Amazing Race wins Emmy.
Days after CBS started casting for a fifth season, which previously seemed like it would not happen, The Amazing Race won the first Reality/Competition Program Emmy. It beat Survivor and American Idol (and two other random shows), which E! says was “[p]erhaps the biggest shocker”; all three were nominated for unspecified seasons. Survivor won an Emmy two years ago in the Special Class category, which this new category replaces. Last week, Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within won the first Nonfiction Program Alternative Emmy.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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