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Emmy secret revealed: Why 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst is unbeatable


Unless TV's current crop of reality hosts can find a way to step up their games, Jeff Probst will keep stomping over them at the Emmys. In the four years since the reality host category was created, the "Survivor" guru has triumphed every time, most recently at Saturday's Creative Arts ceremony. Every year, this is his award to lose, and the explanation for why that is so is simple: Probst takes hosting to the next level.

Just look at Probst's most recent Emmy-winning episode submission, titled "Rice Wars." After a fight breaks out at the contestant's camp over the consumption of rice, one survivor actually accuses another of racism. The discussion quickly grows heated, and when they all attend tribal council at the end of the episode, Probst oversees the argument with intelligence and grace. He takes the opportunity to act as the jungle therapist and allows the fighting contestants to find common ground. It's remarkable television to watch.

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Jon Cryer and Connie Britton to present at Creative Arts Emmys

Emmy Statuette Detail ZoomStatuettes doled out at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 10 will be presented by some interesting pairings of on-screen and off-screen talent, including Jon Cryer and Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men"), Connie Britton and Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights"), Mitzi Gaynor and Bob Mackie ("Mitzi Roaring in the 20s"), Alison Brie and Dan Harmon ("Community"), Phil Keoghan and Bertram Van Munster ("The Amazing Race"), Noah Wyle and Robert Rodat ("Falling Skies"), Nick Tweed Simmons and Gene Simmons ("Gene Simmons: Family Jewels"), Kiernan Shipka and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), and Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett ("Survivor"). More names are to be announced soon.

The ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. An edited version of the telecast will air Sept. 17 at 8 p.m Eastern and again at 8 p.m. Pacific on Reelzchannel. The Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 18.


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Bet on 'Survivor's' Jeff Probst to win Emmy No. 4

Jeff probst emmyLooks like "Survivor" host Jeff Probst should clear space on his fireplace mantel for another Emmy statuette.

Probst has won the trophy for best host of a reality TV show all three years of its existence and has an excellent shot at prevailing again. CBS just confirmed to Awards Tracker that he submitted the "Rice Wars" episode to Emmy judges. Discussing the segment with us via webcam in May, he described the action thus: "A white guy and a black guy get into it about racism and it went deep."

The reason Probst keeps winning the category is because he's an active participant in the show, not just a ringmaster like the other nominated emcees. He acknowledged to us, "The format allows the host to be involved in the show and mediate some pretty interesting moments."

Last year, Probst won for effecting a medical rescue in "This Is the Man Test" when Russell, one of his tribe leaders, collapses while in the Samoa jungle.


Ultimate survivor: Jeff Probst has never been voted off the Emmy island [Video]

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Jeff Probst at the 2009 Emmys. Credit: WireImage

The highs and lows of the Emmy races: The five most predictable categories

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It's often difficult to predict which show or performance will win an Emmy. That's what makes the awards ceremony so exciting. But sometimes, in some categories, the results are a gimme. Here's a look at the five most predictable categories.

Best variety series: Last year, “The Daily Show” won best variety series for an eighth consecutive year even though it submitted a ho-hum episode to Emmy jurors. Surprisingly, it beat such fierce competition as Conan O’Brien’s farewell on the “Tonight” show and “The Colbert Report’s” visit to a U.S. Army base in Iraq where President Obama appeared via satellite. Forget it. “Daily Show” can’t lose.

Guest drama actress: Speaking of unstoppable winning streaks, “Law & Order: SVU” seems to have a lock on the guest drama actress category. It has won for the last four years (Leslie Caron, Cynthia Nixon, Ellyn Burstyn, Ann-Margret) and offers a lot of top candidates this go around: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Maria Bello, Joan Cusack, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christine Lahti, Debra Messing and Rita Wilson.

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Ultimate survivor: Jeff Probst has never been voted off the Emmy island [Video]

Probst Jeff Probst has never lost an Emmy race. He's gone three for three in the relatively new category for best host of a reality show. Meantime, "Survivor" has never won the category for best reality competition show, which has existed for eight years, and it hasn't been nominated since 2006. What's going on?

Frankly, Probst has an edge over rivals in the host category, which usually includes Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars"), Phil Keoghan ("The Amazing Race"), Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") and Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol"). He gets a lot of face time.

Basically, Bergeron, Keoghan, Klum and Seacrest serve as ringmasters on their shows, introducing people, information and segments as their TV programs unfold. They don't usually participate in the core action. On "Survivor," however, Probst is not only smack-dab in the midst of things, he's in charge of mixing them up.

"The format allows the host to be involved in the show and mediate some pretty interesting moments," he says in our webcam chat. "Just a couple of weeks ago we had a white guy and a black guy get into it about racism and it went deep. ... So if I was on a different TV show ... who knows?"

Meantime, "Survivor" is no longer getting nominated for best reality-competition show because, well, the competition is so fierce. "There are a lot of new, quality reality TV shows these days and we're no longer the new kid on the block," Probst says.

Last year, the Emmys tested Probst's patience by booting his category off the prime-time Emmycast, but he responded with admirable graciousness and team spirit. "Survivor" was shooting in Nicaragua at the time. In order to make it to the Creative Arts ceremony, he had to hop on a plane early that morning, race from LAX to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, then jump back on a plane immediately afterward to return to Nicaragua in time for the next TV shoot.

Although the ordeal was frantic and even humbling, Probst says: "It was a good experience for me. I really value these Emmys, so being recognized feels good whether you do it at the prime-times or at the Creative Arts or whether you just drop it at my front door."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Jeff Probst at the 2009 Emmys. Credit: WireImage


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