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Can Kathy Griffin's 'D-List' fend off 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' at the Emmys?

June 23, 2009 |  9:01 pm

Kathy Griffin has been romping victoriously over the Emmy category for best reality program the past two years, but may be tangling with a monster now when facing off against "Jon & Kate Plus 8." The hit TLC reality series has never been nominated, but Emmy contenders are chosen by a popular ballot, which boosts its odds now given the show's high profile. News that Jon and Kate Gosselin are busting up may hurt its odds, but the vast majority of ballots are already in accountants' hands considering voting ends this Friday.

Past repeat nominees in this category include "Antiques Roadshow" and "Extreme Makeover," so they'll likely be back again. Last year, "Intervention" and "Dirty Jobs" were nommed; "Dog Whisperer" and "Penn & Teller: Bull ... " made the lineup two years ago.

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Below, we handicap the list of all contenders in the category. See the official Emmy ballot here.  

When Kathy Griffin won two years ago, censors zapped her blasphemous acceptance speech. Last year, she promised to behave if she won again, but she dropped F-bombs on stage, adding, "I'm not going to tell anyone to ... it. I would make love to this thing if I could."

What about this year? In her webcam chat with Gold Derby, Kathy addressed Emmy voters, proclaiming, "I am your clay, television academy, so if you want me to drop trou and accept bottomless, so be it. I want a third Emmy in the way most people want the stock market to rebound or Angelina Jolie wants one more kid. I will trade my mother for a third Emmy. No offense to her. She's lovely. But I will do whatever it takes."

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
(Front-runners)
"Ace of Cakes"
"Antiques Roadshow"
"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew"
"Dirty Jobs"
"The Dog Whisperer"
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
"Intervention"
"Jon & Kate Plus 8"
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List"
"Man vs. Wild"
"Penn & Teller: Bull ...!"

(Possible)
"Architecture School"
"Dog the Bounty Hunter"
"Dr. 90210"
"High School Reunion"
"The Hills"
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians"
"Kitchen Nightmares"
"Mythbusters"
"Real Housewives of New York"
"Wife Swap"

(Long shots)
"Baby Boomers"
"Bad Girls Club"
"Black Gold"
"Candy Girls"
"Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House"
"Chef Jeff Project"
"Crime 360"
"DEA"
"Denise Richards: It's Complicated"
"Diners, Drive Ins and Dives"
"The Exterminators"
"Flipping Out"
"Gene Simmons' Family Jewels"
"Ghost Hunters"
"Girls Next Door"
"Janice Dickinson's Modeling Agency"
"Living Lohan"
"Man vs. Wild"
"Millionaire Matchmaker"
"Pam: Girl on the Loose"
"Paranormal State"
"Parking Wars"
"Rachel Zoe Project"
"Real Housewives of Atlanta"
"Real Housewives of Orange County"
"Ruby"
"Running in Heels"
"The Real World: Brooklyn"
"Secret Millionaires"
"Sex … With Mom and Dad"
"Smile … You're Under Arrest"
"Snoop Dogg's Father Hood"
"Tabatha's Salon Takeover"
"Taking the Stage"
"T.I.'s Road to Redemption"
"Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood"
"Vegas Confessions"

Photos: Chris Pizzello / AP, TLC

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