Part travel show and part history lesson, “Pickers’” Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have grown their brand with integrity but have been ignored by kudos voters in the past.
Who doesn’t want to see their boss do the lowest job on their company’s rung? The previous nominee continues to deliver ratings and the quality production values and storytelling that Emmy rewards.
Rick Dale and the magicians in his workshop perform wizardry, but trying too hard to create characters takes away from their real talent.
It’s a show that is a verb: “Catfishing” is embedded in pop culture, but although this series has grown into must-see TV, it may not attract older Emmy voters.
Perennial nominee smartly turns on the viewers’ vicarious joy when someone learns their old vase is worth several thousand dollars. Or it’s worthless. And that’s compelling as well.
Series has been noticed by Emmy before, and the derring-do in dangerous waters of these crabbers offers up life or death storylines weekly.
There’s TV gold in “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller, who may be too loud, brash and bold to be taken seriously by Emmy, although it’s highly compelling TV.
On the surface, previous nominee “Hoarders” seems like exploitation but while crews clear out junk-filled houses, the show addresses serious issues of mental illness and family dynamics.
The Roberston clan continues to deliver controversy outside the show, and while that has not detracted from the series’ ratings, it could dampen any Emmy voter enthusiasm.
Emmy loves this series that gets to bottom of urban myths and wives’ tales, and while it’s a core series for Discovery, Emmy has yet to fully embrace the ‘busters.
Wannabe entrepreneurs pitch products to tough-as-nails and super successful businesspeople. It’s a smart concept and family-friendly viewing that has been recognized by Emmy voters in the past with nominations.
Bigscreen star Mark Wahlberg and his family open up a burger restaurant but may not be able to cook up longevity, or entice Emmy voters.
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Chef Gordon Ramsay may be sincere in his mission to turn around failing eateries, but the casting process sometimes adds a sheen of sensationalism that perhaps Emmy voters shy away from.
Moving from fixing the merely gross (bugs, mold) to solving family dramas has added dimension to star Robert Irvine — will Emmy agree?
Diners, “Drive-Ins and Dives”
Love him or hate him, host Guy Fieri throws a spotlight on the unsung heroes of America’s food world. Emmy voters nominated the series in 2013.
Never an Emmy nominee, the series has become more character-driven in the last season while the quality of the items coming through the shop’s doors has increased.