Survivor submits David vs. Goliath for 2019 Emmys consideration

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CBS hopes Survivor gets nominated for two primary reality television categories for the 2019 Emmys and has selected David vs. Goliath as their champion.

The 2018 – 2019 Survivor programming cycle saw the heights and depths of enjoyment fans experienced of the reality competition show. David vs. Goliath gave us one of the ten best seasons in the show’s history (don’t @ us), providing excellent character development, exciting twist conclusions, and unpredictable episodes. Edge of Extinction was also part of that cycle.

CBS knows themselves which season was better of the two, and as reported by Reality Blurred yesterday (and openly posted on social media today), they have submitted Survivor: David vs. Goliath for Outstanding Competition Program nomination consideration at the 2019 Emmys. Additionally, Jeff Host has been pitched for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program.

It should be noted that this is not confirmation that either Survivor or its host will receive a 2019 Emmys nomination. Instead, the show is pitching the Television Academy voters to rank them near the top in popularity for nomination consideration, hoping the tens of thousands of voters will go online and submit them in those categories among dozens of applicants.

It’s an essential distinction because Survivor is not guaranteed even to get a nomination every year. In the last cycle, they were shut out of any nomination for the first time in the show’s history. That includes nominations for technical and creative categories that are offered for those working on the crew and in the editing bay, which shows just how many times they were blanked on recognition.

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To me, it makes too much sense to focus on David vs. Goliath for 2019 Emmys nomination considerations over Edge of Extinction. I’ve written at length about the twist’s numerous issues, but even then we had too many underedited characters, dropped storylines, the first half focused on getting out returnees and saving chickens, and we spent too little time on developing a memorable identity beyond big movez.