All-stars edition meant tougher competition and more exotic locales, but are Emmy voters immune to the quality and consistency of the show? With 14 wins and 59 noms to its name, the answer is no, not by a longshot.
Another shakeup with the judges — Harry Connick Jr. joined the panel and Randy Jackson moved on to a mentor role — couldn’t bring back the show’s mojo, and Emmy voters may agree.
“America’s Got Talent”
A winning mix of talent, dubious or not, plus a judging panel that is unwilling to become the center of attention, could draw some voters seeking a fresher take on talent competition.
“America’s Next Top Model”
Tyra Banks & co. freshened cycle 20 with a girls vs. guys model-off, but fashion has never been Emmy’s passion.
These shows churn out ready-made tabloid stars, but that may turn off voters.
Some may be surprised that this is still on the air, but count on it to deliver some kind of controversy.
“The Biggest Loser”
The show has gained stature outside the TV realm, but that hasn’t yet weighed with voters.
For some foodies this is the best cooking contest show on TV, where everyday chefs match culinary wits over the surprise ingredients in the basket. But will the fact that reruns are constant hurt its chances for Emmy love?
It’s “Chopped” with a diabolical twist: Contestants bid on items that will thwart their opponents, but the inventiveness of the chefs makes for a compelling show.
“Dancing With the Stars”
It’s eroding in the ratings but still nabs a quirky, yet high-caliber selection of celebs. Always a contender with a kudos haul of 11 wins and 65 nominations, but voters may be willing to try some new steps.
Emmy voters could shake up the system by recognizing this creative series, renewed for season 7, that showcases the magic of makeup artists.
“Guy’s Grocery Games”
An innovative concept with a high-profile host in Guy Fieri, but cooking shows, unless they’re called “Top Chef,” don’t get a lot of recognition come voting time.
Gordon Ramsay schooling a bunch of wannabes continues to draw auds, but cooking competitions, no matter how well-produced, have a hard time cracking this category.
Another culinary competition in Gordon Ramsay’s Fox empire, this time with home cooks battling it out. But can it taste a nom?
“Master Chef Jr.”
A kinder, gentler Gordon Ramsay hosted this kids’ cooking competition, with much success. Maybe the twist in the recipe will draw Emmy voters.
Emmy voters love “PR,” but never enough to send it home with the top trophy. Will the new twists in season 12 be the year it sews up the prize?
“So You Think You Can Dance”
This show may be due for a win, thanks to its consistently eye-popping level of competition. The fact that the show’s acronym, “SYTYCD,” is instantly recognizable speaks volumes for its popularity.
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Despite judges with outsize personalities and high stakes for contestants, well-crafted series flew under the radar in its second season. Still one of the hosts, Anthony Bourdain, got a nod in 2013.
The gold standard among culinary contest shows, it’s garnered 22 noms overall and two wins. The caliber of Season 11’s cheftestants proved again that the food world takes this show seriously.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
A real groundbreaker that swims in drama, style, sequins and big personalities — what more could Emmy voters want?
One of the granddaddies of reality shows, it’s got seven Emmy wins but mostly for host Jeff Probst. Can this aging giant outwit the competition?
Last year’s Emmy winner continues to deliver ratings sparks, while new judges and format tweaks keep the show fresh. And Emmy voters are inclined to award shows two years in a row.