From TVGuide Online's Roush Room: Ask Matt
Question: I've been watching The Amazing Race this summer, and I'm completely in love. I can't believe I let the stigma of "reality TV" keep me from watching the first three seasons of this show! Now I've heard that once again The Amazing Race is on the brink of cancellation. Do you think its chances of survival will be helped by its Emmy nomination in the "reality competition" category, or will that prestige not be enough to balance some of the network's other concerns? Also, do you think it stands a chance of winning over Survivor and American Idol? — Molly
Matt Roush: The Emmy nomination can't hurt, but I'm not sure it's enough. Talking to CBS execs last month, I didn't get a very optimistic sense about this show's future. It's very disappointing. But not yet a lost cause. As for winning the Emmy, I think that's an even longer shot. I would probably cast my own vote for Race, but it's hard to argue against American Idol as deserving of an Emmy for its impact and its astonishing ability to galvanize a mass audience. Yes, it's cheesy and corny (and the less said about American Juniors the better), but there's something about Idol that's irresistibly addictive. Race is the genre's class act, but Idol was last year's head of the class.
My comments: I believe the American Idol season that is nominated is the 2nd one that aired this year and not last year's. If it was last year's then it was a great show, definitely better than this years because it was a new concept. But if you compare TAR3 with AI2, TAR3 is miles ahead in my book.