The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced its second slate of nominees for best reality show host, and they have finally righted an injustice: The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan was nominated after being snubbed last year. He’s joined by new co-nominees Padma Lakshmi and Tom Collichio of Top Chef, plus last year’s nominees: Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum, last year’s winner Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, and American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest.
Meanwhile, because Emmy voters have contempt for reality television and/or are fucking stupid, the outstanding reality competition program category is identical to last year, meaning Survivor was once again ignored even though it’s on a hot streak, and Project Runway was nominated even though it’s final Bravo season pretty much sucked compared to previous seasons. (Survivor did get a couple technical nominations, which it also deserves, but still, that doesn’t quite make up for it.)
In the ridiculously broad reality category, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wasn’t nominated, as it usually is, but neither were any number of other awesome series that debuted last year, like Whale Wars, although it got a single technical nomination.
And in the most unexpected nomination, ABC’s revival of The Mole got a nomination for outstanding original main title theme music, the only reality show in the category.
Here are the reality TV-related nominees. Not all nominees are listed in some categories, particularly technical ones, where I ignore non-reality TV nominees; check out the full nominations list for details and specific episodes that were nominated.
- Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum, The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, and American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest.
- Outstanding Reality Competition Program: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, and Top Chef.
- Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Dirty Jobs, Dog Whisperer, Intervention, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and MythBusters.
- Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Deadliest Catch and This American Life.
- Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Deadliest Catch, Expedition: Africa, Whale Wars, and This American Life.
- Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: Intervention, Survivor Gabon, The Amazing Race, and Top Chef 5.
- Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: Project Runway 5, The Amazing Race 14, Top Chef 5, and This American Life.
- Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: 102 Minutes That Changed America, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Deadliest Catch, and This American Life.
- Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Project Runway 5, The Celebrity Apprentice 2, The Amazing Race 14, and The Amazing Race 14.
- Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : 102 Minutes That Changed America, The Amazing Race 14, American Idol 8, Deadliest Catch, and Survivor Tocantins.
- Outstanding Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance (four nominations, for Tabitha and Napoleon’s “Bleeding Love,” Mia Michaels “Mercy,” Tyce Diorio’s “Adam and Eve,” and Dmitry Chaplin’s “A Los Amigos”), and Dancing with the Stars.
- Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: American Idol 8
- Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special: American Idol 8 and Dancing with the Stars 8.
- Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series : American Idol 8 and Dancing with the Stars 8.
- Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: Dancing with the Stars 7
- Outstanding Music Direction: Dancing with the Stars 7