Jeff Probst not nominated for host Emmy; Shark Tank nominated; Voice takes Idol’s spot

The prime-time Emmy nominations were announced moments ago, and the big reality TV news is that Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, who has won the host award all four years it has been offered, did not even receive a nomination. Fox’s American Idol also didn’t get nominated, with The Voice filling its slot. Otherwise, the nominees in the two prime-time telecast categories remained unchanged.

In the other major reality category, the catch-all for non-competition shows, Shark Tank was nominated, but 2010 nominee Hoarders and 2010 winner Deadliest Catch were both ignored. Whale Wars did receive a nomination for cinematography, which is great, but it’s unfathomable how that show is ignored while Antiques Roadshow gets nominated.

Oh, wait, I forgot: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is full of lazy and/or old people whose affirmation we still desperately want.

Top Chef and The Amazing Race were nominated despite horrible seasons. (TAR even submitted an awful episode and still got a nomination!) Cat Deeley and SYTYCD were finally nominated last year, and retained their nominations this year, thankfully.

As to the host category, I think it was time for Probst to no longer win, because there are other talented hosts who deserve recognition, but it is baffling to me that the Academy nominated Betty White for her NBC series Off Their Rockers instead. Don’t get me wrong: I love Betty White and I loved the Golden Girls, but her role was basically reading off a teleprompter in a studio for a few seconds each episode–not exactly equivalent to the work that the others in the category do.

Here’s the list of nominees in the reality TV-related categories and reality shows or talent; as usual, I exclude nominees that aren’t reality shows or documentaries. The full list of nominations on the Academy’s site also mentions specific episodes that were nominated.

  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, and Top Chef, and The Voice.
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley, The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan, American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, and Betty White.
  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, MythBusters, Shark Tank, and Undercover Boss.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Frozen Planet, Weight of the Nation.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Bobby Fischer Against The World, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Gloria: In Her Own Words, Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies, and 6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park
  • Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Nonfiction Programs: Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series: Hell’s Kitchen 9
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming: The Voice
  • Outstanding Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance‘s Stacey Tookey (“In This Shirt” / “Turning Tables” / “Heart Asks For Pleasure First”), Christopher Scott (“Misty Blue” / “Velocity”), and Spencer Liff (“Whatever Lola Wants” / “Please Mr. Jailor” / “Where Do I Begin”); Dancing with the Stars‘ Travis Wall and Teddy Forance (“Without You”).
  • Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking: The Amish (American Experience), Have You Heard From Johannesburg (Independent Lens), and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race 20, Project Runway, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, George Harrison: Living In The Material World , and Woody Allen: A Documentary (American Masters).
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 20, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway, Survivor South Pacific, and Top Chef 9.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Frozen Planet, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Prohibition, and Whale Wars.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Beyond Scared Straight, Frozen Planet, and George Harrison: Living In The Material World .
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 20, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway, Survivor South Pacific, Top Chef.
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: Dancing with the Stars, The Voice
  • Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Enhancement To A Television Program Or Series: Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice.
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Dancing with the Stars 12
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 20, Frozen Planet, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies, and Prohibition
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special: American Idol
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race, Deadliest Catch, Frozen Planet, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, and Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies.
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series: Dancing with the Stars.
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming: The Voice

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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.