Emmys: Phil Keoghan gets nominated with Padma and Tom; Survivor ignored again

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
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards and 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees [Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.