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Survivor Receives Three 2017 Emmy Nominations


Survivor picks up nominations in two technical categories plus a debut award category at the 2017 Emmys.

While the Television Academy continue to snub Survivor in the category for Oustanding Reality Competition Program, because they have to nominate The Amazing Race for the 1000th time, the long-running CBS show has picked up three nominations at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

The entire list of nominees for the 69th Emmy Awards ceremony was revealed yesterday and Survivor is represented in three separate categories. The first two nominations are for technical achievements, Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Or Competition Reality Program. Survivor received nominations in these same categories in 2016 for their Cambodia and Kaoh Rong seasons. The third nomination is for Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program – the first time such a category has existed.

Last fall’s double episode premiere of Survivor: Game Changers, “The Stakes Have Been Raised,” picked up the nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program. The season, which featured a cast of all returning players, was filmed in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands. Fans will remember the premiere mostly for the legendary showdown between Survivor icons Sandra Diaz-Twine and Tony Vlachos.

"The Stakes Have Been Raised" - Hali Ford, Malcolm Freberg, Sandra Diaz-Twine and Tony Vlachos on SURVIVOR: Game Changers. The Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 34th season with a special two-hour premiere, Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Notably, the season premiere marks the 500th episode of the series. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS Entertainment ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“The Stakes Have Been Raised” – Hali Ford, Malcolm Freberg, Sandra Diaz-Twine and Tony Vlachos on SURVIVOR: Game Changers. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS.

The second nomination for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program goes to Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X‘s episode “About To Have A Rumble.” Viewers will remember this episode for the emotional family visit where eventual winner Adam Klein received an update on his mother’s health from his brother Evan. Adam’s mom had lung cancer at the time and sadly passed away just hours after the 26-year-old returned home.

The final nomination goes to Survivor casting director Lynne Spiegel Spillman for Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program. The Emmys have always included awards for casting in scripted TV shows and movies, but this marks the first time Reality Television has been represented in this particular category. Spillman has been with Survivor from the very beginning and continues to find all sorts of weird and wonderful people to throw on the island. The Television Academy didn’t specify which season the nomination pertains to, but one would assume it covers the Millennials vs. Gen X and Game Changers cycle.

See Survivor’s competition below:

Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program

  • Born This Way, Sasha Alpert and Megan Sleeper
  • Project Runway, Sasha Alpert, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Jen DeMartino
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Goloka Bolte and Ethan Petersen*
  • Survivor, Lynne Spiegel Spillman
  • The Voice, Michelle McNulty, Holly Dale, Courtney Burns

Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program

  • The Amazing Race • Bucket List Type Stuff • CBS • WorldRace Productions, Inc. Peter Rieveschl, Director of Photography; Alan Weeks, Cinematographer; Petr Cikhart, Cinematographer; Ryan O’Donnell, Cinematographer; Joshua Gitersonke, Cinematographer
  • Born This Way • Rough Waters • A&E • Bunim/Murray Productions Bruce Ready, Director of Photography
  • Deadliest Catch • Uncharted Territory • Discovery Channel • Original Productions, LLC; David Reichert, Director of Photography; Dave Arnold, Director of Photography; Kelvon Agee, Director of Photography; Josh Thomas, Director of Photography; Todd Stanley, Director of Photography
  • Life Below Zero • Loaded • National Geographic • Adjacent Productions; Mike Cheeseman, Director of Photography; John Griber, Director of Photography; Simeon Houtman, Director of Photography; Terry Pratt, Director of Photography; Danny Day, Camera; Ben Mullin, Camera
  • Survivor • The Stakes Have Been Raised • CBS • MGM Television; Cinematography Team
    [Contributors: Marc Bennett, James Boon, Paulo Castillo, Rodney Chauvin, Luke Cormack, Lee Doig, Russ Fill, Ben Gamble, Kevin Garrison, Ryan Goddard, Derek Hoffmann, Matthais Hoffmann, Toby Hogan, Efrain “Mofi” Laguna, Ian Miller, Jo Oosthuizen, Paul Peddinghaus, Thomas Pretorius, Jeff Phillips, Louis Powell, Dirk Steyn, Peter Wery, Nico Nyoni, Erick Sarimento, David Arnold, Mark Hryma, Scott Duncan]

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Structured Or Competition Reality Program

  • The Amazing Race, “Bucket List Type Stuff”
  • Project Runway, “An Unconventional Launch Party”
  • Project Runway, “Finale, Part 2”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, “Oh. My. Gaga!”
  • Shark Tank, “Episode 801”
  • Survivor, “About To Have A Rumble”

*Correction made 09/11/17, original version stated Doron Ofir.


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