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Losing the Emmy for the first time in the reality-competition category’s history in 2010 was a blow to Van Munster, but it made it that much sweeter when the CBS series reclaimed the kudos from Top Chef last September.
“Normally people don’t go back to winning,” he says. “It means that the academy takes the show very seriously.”
The Netherlands-born Van Munster estimates he has circled the globe 57 times in the last 10 years for Race, seeing little fluctuation in ratings in that time. His biggest non-Race endeavor is the summer launch of The Great Escape: a collaboration between Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Van Munster’s producer-wife, Elise Doganieri, the 10-episode run marks TNT’s foray into the reality genre.