Out of the four chefs on the food competition series, Bourdain stood out with no-bull attitude and honest passion about his team and the food they were producing. Part bad boy but all pro.
The king of the category — the glossy CBS series is a steady and strong performer ratings-wise and is usually the show to beat.
Always a bridesmaid (dress) but never a bride, the show, which just launched its 12th season, continues to add twists and new challenges.
Eye-popping dance talent, heart-string-pulling backstories and slick production values once again propelled series to a nomination.
Cooking competish added a twist to its finale as fan favorite Kristen prevailed in show's Web-only offshoot “Last Chance Kitchen” to earn a place in the finale. The series' final food fight between Kristen and Brooke in an arena setting also delivered a curveball to fans.
Changing up some of the judges this year not only energized the show but also kept ratings strong.
The venerable series stumbled in the ratings, but its production values are as strong as ever.
Straightforward and watchable — combines history and the lottery in one low-tech but polished package.
Series continues to deliver dramatic storylines and big personalities.
Its first nomination, “Triple D” — as host Guy Fieri likes to call it — serves up American cooking in a fun road-trip format.
Multiple-year nominee but never a big winner; “30 Rock's” Liz Lemon is a fan.
It's second nom in this category underlines its quality while its aud-friendly hook keeps ratings strong.
The uplifting outcomes of the series have played out in the media well after the season was over. And in this economy, it's nice to watch ordinary workers get a voice.