Survivor receives no Emmy nominations for the first time in 2018

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Even for technical awards for cinematography and the like, Survivor holds a big goose egg when it comes to the 2018 Emmy nominations announced today.

The last year of Survivor has been disappointing, to say the least. The advent of advantages, idols and twists in the game has turned a social experiment of tribal politics with American stand-ins from all walks of life into a roulette wheel, where a lucky spin can carry you far in the game.

The 2018 Emmy nomination voters might agree with that assessment, as the Television Academy Awards have completely snubbed the show Survivor of any nominations in any category. For contrast, the nominees for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program are The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Top Chef and The Voice.

To give some perspective on the Emmy voting process, The Amazing Race is far and above the favored reality competition series by the voting electorate. It has received 15 nominations and 10 wins in the aforementioned category in the category’s 15-year status, although The Voice has won four of the past five years. Survivor hasn’t even been nominated since the Guatemala and Exile Island days.

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Furthermore, Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst hasn’t been nominated for the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Emmy since the last time he won; in 2011.

Last year, Survivor was nominated for three separate Emmys, including “Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program,” “Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program” and “Oustanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program.” Lynne Spillman was an Emmy nominee for her casting, although it seems as though CBS or SEG do not wish to keep her further.

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Though the Emmys have not been important to the show’s success in later years (the island competition program still tops the ratings, if not comes in second place, on Wednesday nights), to receive no nominations at all for the first time in the show’s history is slightly indicative of modern quality.