Six-time nominee won in 2012 and the hard-working host is again one of the top contenders given that “Stars,” although down in the ratings, still taps its way to ratings gold.
“Cutthroat Kitchen” (Food Network)
Brown brings devilish glee to his new show, a cooking competition that makes the curves thrown on “Chopped” look like easy pitches down the middle. Emmy would do well to recognize this multitalented foodie.
“Project Runway”/“Under the Gunn” (Lifetime)
Last year’s winner (he won with “Project Runway” colleague Heidi Klum) has a very good shot of repeating although his frosh series “Under the Gunn” didn’t ignite the fervor that “Runway” did and does.
“The Bachelor” (ABC)
Much online gossip and speculation about Harrison’s true feelings about the series’ last bachelor pushed the host’s profile higher than ever. But will Emmy recognize the harder edge he brought to the last season?
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
The 2013 winner in this category with “Runway” colleague Tim Gunn, Klum became more assertive leading the judges’ panel, introducing spicier deliberations that made better TV.
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
Could the four-time nominee finally be recognized after the “All-Stars” season? He keeps his cool in exotic situations.
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
The sunny Brit is a past nominee and the continued popularity of the show could push her to a win although Emmy tends to reward older-skewing show hosts.
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
The series is must-see TV for food lovers and her rapport with the “cheftestants” and her command of the show has been growing in the last couple of seasons. But does Emmy still see her as a lightweight?
Four-time winner will certainly never get voted off the island, but is Emmy tired of celebrating his talent for managing chaos in challenging situations?
“American Idol” (Fox)
The six-time nominee may not see a seventh nom as the series experienced precipitous ratings erosion and is not the pop culture force it once was.