A year after she scored a surprise win in the outstanding reality program category, Kathy Griffin is still living on the D-list – with her third consecutive Emmy nom to show for it.
Griffin’s Bravo skein “My Life on the D-List” faces tough competition, however, as the Emmy category for outstanding reality program gets its first shakeup in two years.
After two consecutive years of the same nominees, the competish boasts two new popular entrants: Discovery Channel’s quirky “Dirty Jobs” and A&E’s gripping “Intervention.”
Besides “D-List,” that new pair of nominees face off against two more vets: PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
It’s a tough field: Before “D-List’s” Emmy victory last year, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” won the category two years in a row. Meanwhile, this year’s nod reps “Antiques Roadshow’s” sixth nomination (counting those in nonfiction categories that pre-date the relatively new “outstanding reality program” field).
The door may be open for some of the fresh blood, however. Both “Antiques Roadshow” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are aging shows that may no longer interest voters.
On the flip side, the dramatic stories on “Intervention” may resonate with voters. The sheer oddity and cringe-inducing nature of “Dirty Jobs” may make it a tougher sell with the TV Academy’s older members; then again, the uniqueness of the show could also help it stand out.
But the one to beat is, once again, “D-List.” Last year, Emmy voting took place at the same time new episodes on Bravo chronicled the death of Griffin’s father and how the comedienne coped with the news. It’s those episodes, now, that are up for this year’s Emmy — and voters may again be drawn to the star’s tribute to her father.