The 2009 Emmy nods include a batch of major-category nominees who had been previously eligible but didn't get the pat on the back from voters until this year.
Auds bank on such unscripted stars as Griffin, Millan and Bourdain by watching them navigate hurdles no one could predict, and with their own unique authority.
Emmy's variety, music or comedy series category has been remarkably stable and even predictable the past few years.
The American Scene Awards ceremony, now in its 15th year, took place Friday at the union's national convention in Chicago.
Limited to two nominations because of the number of miniseries submitted for contention, Emmy voters made a pact with quality over quantity this year.
The streamlining that has turned Emmy's made-for-TV movie category into a pretaped segment for this year's broadcast, for better or worse, reflects the changing times for the genre.
When "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" opened last month, film critics responded with an almost uniform revulsion, with Rolling Stone's Peter Travers going so far as to say that Michael Bay's…
Highlights from Emmy's variety, music or comedy special nominees
Hiring Neil Patrick Harris as host is a good first step toward restoring the luster of the Emmys, say some of the nation's TV critics, but there's plenty more that can be done to punch up the…
Daily Variety asked members of the Television Critics Assn. to pick the best of the smallscreen from the past decade.
Critics' Crushes: Five scribes pick the Emmy nominees they'd most like to see win in 2009.