Like last year, CBS’ advertisements for Emmy consideration in Emmy Magazine included a DVD containing “for your consideration” episodes of its two marquee reality series, Survivor (which the ad said had “a triumphant year”) and The Amazing Race (“a milestone year”).
CBS is submitting Survivor South Pacific‘s eight episode, “Double Agent,” during which tribes merged and Cochran flipped after being courted by Coach. It was definitely a highlight of the season. It’s interesting to think about why CBS chose this episode and this season, in particular: Does it stand alone unlike any others? Not really, because Cochran’s flip built on the treatment he suffered in his original tribe, and Ozzy’s resurrection did, too.
The Amazing Race‘s episode is “Let Them Drink Their Haterade,” which featured the elimination of Nary and Jamie. I didn’t watch it, but someone who did, HitFix’s Dan Feinberg, called it “an egregiously poorly edited episode of television.” Lest you think he’s a hater like I am, he first noted that the show deserves credit because “the production scope … is on a totally different scale and that the show’s technical excellence, particularly when it comes to editing, should never be underestimated,” but then insisted the episode was “40+ minutes of poor pacing and character choices, lousy continuity and confusing narrative progression.”
So, that’s the episode that will win the show an Emmy if Emmy voters don’t wake the fuck up and start judging reality television more intelligently.