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Emmy predix: Jeff Probst or Phil Keoghan to win best reality TV host?

August 2, 2010 |  7:12 am
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Now that we know what episodes were submitted to Emmy judges by nominees for best host of a reality TV show, let's check in Emmy gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven) to see their predix. Also check out our predix in the races for best reality/competition show, the top drama series categories and the lead comedy series races. Also, best TV movie. Separately, Rob and Boomer offer up in-depth analysis of the contests over best guest drama actor, guest drama actress, guest comedy actor and guest comedy actress.

Below is the list of episodes entered. It's curious that Ryan Seacrest didn't submit the season finale of "American Idol." Instead, he opted for episode 30 (nine finalists perform). This category has only existed for two years, and "Survivor" emcee Jeff Probst has won both times. In the past, the prize was bestowed during the main telecast, but this year it will be handed out a week earlier at the Creative Arts ceremony.

Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars" ("Episode 1001")
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" ("Nanna is Kicking Your Butt")
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway" ("Sew Much Pressure")
Jeff Probst, "Survivor" ("This is the Man Test")
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" ("Episode 930/931A")


BEST REALITY HOST

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2. Ryan Seacrest Phil Keoghan Jeff Probst
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Heidi Klum

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Ryan Seacrest
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Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum


Photos: Jeff Probst, left, and Phil Keoghan. Credit: CBS

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Emmy episode submissions: Best reality program and host

July 27, 2010 | 10:13 am

A week and a half ago, we broke the news of what episodes were being submitted to Emmy judges in most series categories. Here is the info on a few more contests.

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The award for best reality program is bestowed at the creative arts ceremony held Aug. 21 — that's eight days before the main Emmy telecast by NBC. DVDs and ballots for the creative arts contests were mailed to judges last week. Final votes must be received by accountants by Aug. 10. The award for best reality host will be doled out on the Aug. 29 Emmycast. That means that ballots and those DVDs are being shipped to voters this week. Votes are due by Aug. 17.

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
"Antiques Roadshow" ("Atlantic City, Hour One")
"Dirty Jobs" ("High Rise Window Washer")
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (Episode 101)
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" ("Norma Gay")
"Mythbusters" ("Duct Tape Hour")
"Undercover Boss" ("Waste Management")

BEST REALITY HOST
"The Amazing Race," Phil Keoghan ("Nanna Is Kicking Your Butt")
"American Idol," Ryan Seacrest (Episode 930/931A)
"Dancing With the Stars," Tom Bergeron (Episode 1001)
"Project Runway," Heidi Klum ("Sew Much Pressure")
"Survivor," Jeff Probst ("This Is the Man Test")

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Photo: Jeff Probst accepts his first Emmy in 2008. Credit: ABC

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Poll: Will 'So You Think You Can Dance' upstage 'Dancing With the Stars' and the Oscars at the Emmys?

July 12, 2010 |  8:21 am

So_you_think_you_can_dance "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" both earned a pair of Emmy Awards nominations for choreography this year. While "SYTYCD" has won this award for the last three years running, "DWTS" has been an Emmy wallflower for four years in a row. The other entry in the race is the Academy Awards, which was choreographed by co-producer Adam Shankman, who just happens to be a judge on "SYTYCD."

That Fox summer smash about everyday folk vying for a chance to dance won four of its nine Emmy bids for best choreography over the second, third and fourth seasons. In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "SYTYCD" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In both 2008 and 2009, "SYTYCD" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing its most recent victory with the Oscarcast hosted by Hugh Jackman.

This year, "So You Think You Can Dance" has two chances to continue its winning streak. Mia Michaels -- a champ in 2007 and a nominee last year -- is a contender with the routines "Gravity/Addiction," "Koop Island Blues" and "One." Stacey Tookey landed her first nomination for the routine "Fear."

"Dancing With the Stars" remains winless over six nominations. Four years ago and despite three entries, "DWTS" was left on the sidelines as "High School Musical" won the only Emmy awarded for choreography. For the last three years, "DWTS" has managed just one bid per year -- Louis van Amstel (2007), Julianne Hough (2008) and Derek Hough (2009) -- always to be bested by "SYTYCD," which has racked up multiple nominations.

This year, the ABC hit that pairs celebrities with professional dancers earned a pair of Emmy noms for Derek Hough. He contends alone for the routines "Futuristic Paso Doble/Living on Video" and "Quickstep/Anything Goes" and with Chelsie Hightower for the routine "Paso Doble/Malaquena."

Last year, Tony Award champ Rob Ashford ("Thoroughly Modern Millie") won his first Emmy for choreographing the Oscars. This year, Adam Shankman pulled double duty by both co-producing the show and choreographing the routines "Opening Number/No One Wants to Do it Alone" and "Score Suite," using many of the performers from "SYTYCD." He was rewarded for his efforts with a pair of nominations as the awardscast also contends in the special class category against last year's Tonys.

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Image: "So You Think You Can Dance" logo. Credit: Fox

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My fearless, 100% accurate Emmy nominations predictions

July 6, 2010 | 11:35 am
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Here's who I predict will score bids when Emmy Awards nominations are unveiled Thursday morning:

BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad"
"Damages"
"Dexter"
"Mad Men"
"The Good Wife"
"Lost"

ALTERNATES: "Big Love," "Friday Night Lights," "House M.D.," "Sons of Anarchy," "Treme"


BEST COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"Glee"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"

ALTERNATES: "Community," "How I Met Your Mother," "Entourage," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Weeds"


BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Simon Baker ("The Mentalist")
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad")
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Timothy Olyphant ("Justified")

ALTERNATES: Matt Bomer ("White Collar"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Fox ("Lost"), Peter Krause ("Parenthood"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), Bill Paxton ("Big Love"), Wendell Pierce ("Treme"), Kiefer Sutherland ("24")


BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU")
January Jones ("Mad Men")
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife")
Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy")
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")

ALTERNATES: Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Melissa Leo ("Treme"), Anna Paquin ("True Blood")


BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk")

ALTERNATES: David Duchovny ("Californication"), Joel McHale ("Community"), Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men")

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Will choreography of 'So You Think You Can Dance' waltz off with Emmy again?

July 6, 2010 |  9:06 am

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"So You Think You Can Dance" continues to do well with viewers this summer, landing in the top 10 shows with the coveted 18-49 audience on a regular basis. The Fox reality competition series follows the footsteps of amateur hoofers hoping to make it in show biz. "SYTYCD" has also proved to be a consistent winner with the Emmy Awards, taking home the choreography prize the last three years.

Tracy Watson of the Wall Street Journal does a superb job tracking the show's high kicks and missteps with TV's top honors over the years. Her starting point is last week's episode, in which executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was wowed by one routine in particular. As Tracy notes, "After contestant Alex Wong (a ballet dancer) and All-Star Twitch performed a hip-hop number that had the audience and judges on their feet, Nigel gushed, 'If this routine and you are not up for an Emmy with [choreographers] Napoleon [D'umo] and Tabitha [D'umo] next year, I don't know why not.' "

Tracy then details the track record of "SYTYCD," which has won four of its nine Emmy bids for best choreography over the second, third and fourth seasons. In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "SYTYCD" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. In both 2008 and 2009, "SYTYCD" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing the most recent victory with the 81st Academy Awards. Because of the awards eligibility period, seasons five and six will both be vying for recognition at this year's Emmys.

For Tracy, "Three numbers that have won in past years (excepting a Wade Robson group number in 2007) have all been very lyrical, very emotional performances. In 2008, an upbeat jazz routine choreographed by Mandy Moore that lands on most lists of favorite 'SYTYCD' performances and a Shane Sparks hip-hop were shot down in favor of a slower jazz number from Wade."

"In 2009, a romantic and sexy contemporary piece from Tyce Diorio beat out what I call Mia Michael’s 'door routine,' a smoking-hot Argentine tango choreographed by former contestant Dmitry Chaplin (and) a bit surprisingly, a wildly popular Tabitha and Napoleon hip-hop, danced to 'Bleeding Love.' "

Among the shows "SYTYCD" has bested has been "Dancing With the Stars." That ABC hit pairs professional dancers with celebrities. This spring's season 10 lineup included Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek. While he lost in the final to Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, three other Olympic champs have been crowned champ: speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4), figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8). However, none of their Olympic gold has rubbed off on the show, which has lost the choreography Emmy race for four years running beginning in 2006 when, despite three nominations, it was bested by "High School Musical."

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Inside track: Emmys race for best reality TV host

June 20, 2010 |  8:17 am
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BEST REALITY HOST
(Front-runners)
Tyra Banks, "America's Next Top Model"
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Heidi Klum, "Project Runway"
Padma Lakshmi, "Top Chef"
Drew Pinsky, "Celebrity Rehab"
Jeff Probst, "Survivor"
Joan Rivers, "How'd You Get So Rich?"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"
William Shatner, "Shatner's Raw Nerve"
Donald Trump, "Celebrity Apprentice"

SPOTLIGHT: Jeff Probst is a true "Survivor," having won both years of this category's existence. Three other contenders received repeat nominations and, thus, will probably return: Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum and Ryan Seacrest. That leaves two open spots.

(Possible)
Perez Hilton, "The Bad Girls Club Reunion"
Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Cesar Milan, "Dog Whisperer"
Ty Pennington, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
Tom Papa, "The Marriage Ref"

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Poll: Do you think 'American Idol' can finally win the Emmy?

May 27, 2010 |  9:46 am

"American Idol" has lost the Emmy for best reality-competition show to "Amazing Race" for the last seven years, but the songbird smackdown finally has a good chance to win, thanks to what it plans to submit to judges.

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All nominees must enter one episode as an example of their best work from the past TV season. Gold Derby has learned exclusively that "Idol" will submit last night's spectacular two-hour finale that had everything: Simon Cowell's farewell (no, they didn't drop a house on him); appearances by the Bret Michaels, Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees, Michael McDonald, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette; even "a Kanye West moment" when a former contestant grabbed the microphone and insulted Simon. Oh, yeah, and they also crowned a winner (Lee DeWyze). It's the most exciting Emmy episode entry ever.

Meantime, we've also learned that "Amazing Race" plans to enter "I Think We're Fighting the Germans, Right?" in which the teams reenact World War I. "Dancing with the Stars" will enter the season opener. "Top Chef": "Vivre Las Vegas" (contestants performed for French chefs in the season opener), "Project Runway": "Sew Much Pleasure" (guest judge Jessica Alba). Those five shows were all nominated over the last several years and will probably return again. Read the views of our forum posters here.

Photo: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Ryan Seacrest on "American Idol." Credit: Fox TV

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Tom Bergeron tattles on 'Dancing with the Stars'

May 25, 2010 |  9:02 am
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Just hours before Tuesday's finale of "Dancing with the Stars," host Tom Bergeron answered some of our toughest questions. Do romances ever occur behind the scenes? (Yes, he confesses -- they're called "showmances.") What was the most frantic moment ever on the show? Which celebrity would he like most to perform in the future?

Watch the video below to see those answers plus more. You can scroll through the chat box to see the questions he addressed from our posters.

Bergeron is a frequent Emmy nominee. He nabbed two bids for hosting "Dancing with the Stars" and two for producing the contender for best reality TV competition show. He cohosted the prime-time ceremony in 2008 with Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest. In 2000, he won the Daytime Emmy for hosting "Hollywood Squares."

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Can Evan Lysacek win 'Dancing With the Stars' that elusive choreography Emmy?

March 2, 2010 |  8:15 am

Evan Lysacek Dancing With the Stars Olympic Games The "Dancing With the Stars" lineup for season 10 includes newly crowned Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek. Three other Olympic champs have waltzed off with the top prize on this reality show -- speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4), figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8). But none of their Olympic gold rubbed off on the show, which has failed to win the Emmy Award for choreography for four years running.


In 2006, "Dancing With the Stars" had three nominations in the choreography category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. And in both 2008 and 2009, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win each time and sharing the most recent victory with the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Over its first four years of Emmy eligibility, "Dancing With the Stars" managed only five technical wins from its 33 nominations. Besides that embarrassing shutout in the choreography category, the show has lost the reality competition title four years running to "The Amazing Race." And "Dancing with the Stars" emcee Tom Bergeron has lost the first two Emmy races for reality show host to Jeff Probst of "Survivor."

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Photo: Evan Lysacek. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images

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'Dancing With the Stars': Can Shawn Johnson win show choreography Emmy?

May 20, 2009 |  1:33 pm

"Dancing With the Stars" crowned its newest — and youngest — champ last night when Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, 17, edged out "Sex and the City" stud Gilles Marini to win Season 8. Last-minute addition "The Bachelor"-jilted Melissa Rycroft came in third place. All three scored top marks for their routines from the panel of judges with the viewer vote making the difference. With such strong performances this year, perhaps this show can finally win the Emmy Award for choreography.

Shawn Johnston Dancing With the Stars ABC Finale Emmy AwardsAfter all, the two women in the final three both came to the dancefest with a talent for toe-tapping. Shawn Johnson won gold at the 2008 Olympics and was the 2007 world champion gymnast. And before we got to know Melissa Rycroft as one of the women vying for Jason Mesnick's attentions on "The Bachelor," she performed with the renowned Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. As for Gilles Marini, he certainly made all the right moves on Kim Cattrall in the big-screen version of "Sex and the City."

Surprising as it seems, this celebrity dance-off has lost the choreography Emmy for three years running. In 2006, "Dancing With the Stars" had three noms in the category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. Last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win.

Over those first three years of Emmy eligibility, "Dancing With the Stars" managed only four technical wins from its 23 nominations. Besides that embarrassing shutout in the choreography category, the show has lost the reality competition title three years running to "The Amazing Race." And last September, "Dancing with the Stars" emcee Tom Bergeron lost the first Emmy race for reality show host to Jeff Probst of "Survivor."

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Can 'Bachelor' reject (and ex-NFL cheerleader) help 'Dancing With the Stars' finally win choreography Emmy?

March 9, 2009 |  4:07 pm

"Dancing With the Stars" returns tonight with two last-minute replacements in the lineup. Out of the running are singer Jewel and "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell, both sidelined with injuries. The first new addition — former pinup Holly Madison ("The Girls Next Door") — has certain obvious attributes that will appeal to certain viewers. However, it is the other substitution — "The Bachelor"-jilted Melissa Rycroft — who could be the lucky 13th contestant for the show.

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You see, Melissa Rycroft has a hidden talent that could become the key to this dancefest finally winning the one Emmy Award you'd think would be its almost automatically — choreography. Before we got to know this charmer as one of the women vying for Jason Mesnick's attentions on "The Bachelor," Rycroft performed with the renowned Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

Melissa Rycroft and Holly Madison join singers (Belinda Carlisle, Lil' Kim and Chuck Wicks), athletes (gymnast Shawn Johnson, rodeo rider Ty Murray and ex-NFLer Lawrence Taylor), and actors (David Alan Grier, Gilles Marini and Denise Richards) as well as oddball Steve-O and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Surprising as it seems, this celebrity dance-off has lost the choreography Emmy three years running. In 2006, "Dancing with the Stars" had three noms in the category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. Last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win.

Over those first three years of Emmy eligibility, "Dancing with the Stars" has managed only four technical wins from its 23 nominations. Besides that embarrassing shutout in the choreography category, the show has lost the reality competition title three years running to "The Amazing Race." And last September, "Dancing with the Stars" emcee Tom Bergeron lost the first Emmy race for reality show host to Jeff Probst of "Survivor."

Rumor has it that the judges of these reality competition shows will be getting their own category at the next Emmy Awards. When we polled you in September about which judge of "Dancing with the Stars" deserved to claim this new prize, you overwhelmingly went with Bruno Tonioli. He reaped slightly more than half of the 1,348 votes cast in our "Dancing with the Stars" poll, followed by 29% for Len Goodman and 20% for Carrie Ann Inaba. Wil these three cut the under-rehearsed Rycroft and Madison any slack tonight? Stay tuned.

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'Dancing with the Stars' yet to waltz off with choreography Emmy

February 10, 2009 | 10:05 am

"Dancing With the Stars" returns March 9 on ABC. The just announced lineup of celebrities should generate enough star power among them to make this eighth season another ratings winner -- and perhaps a serious Emmy Awards contender. There are a quartet of singers (Belinda Carlisle, Jewel, Lil' Kim and Chuck Wicks), three athletes (gymnast Shawn Johnson, rodeo rider Ty Murray and ex-NFLer Lawrence Taylor) and actors (David Alan Grier, Gilles Marini, and Denise Richards). Rounding out the roster are oddball Steve-O, "Access Hollywood" anchor Nancy O'Dell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Will any of these lucky 13 prove so sure-footed that they can finally win "Dancing With the Stars" the Emmy for choreography? Shockingly, this dancefest has lost that award three years running. In 2006, "Dancing with the Stars" had three noms in the category but lost to "High School Musical." In 2007, there was a three-way tie as "So You Think You Can Dance" took two Emmys and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" also won, leaving "Dancing With the Stars" the sole loser. Last year, "So You Think You Can Dance" repeated, albeit with just one win.

Over three years of Emmy eligibility, "Dancing with the Stars" has managed only four technical wins from its 23 nominations. Besides that embarrassing shut-out in the choreography category, the show has lost the reality competition title three years running to "The Amazing Race." And in September, "Dancing with the Stars" emcee Tom Bergeron lost the first Emmy race for reality show host to Jeff Probst of "Survivor."

Rumor has it that the judges of these reality competition shows will be getting their own category at the next Emmys. When we polled you in September about which judge of "Dancing with the Stars" deserved to claim this new prize, you overwhelmingly went with Bruno Tonioli. He reaped slightly more than half of the 1,348 votes cast in our "Dancing with the Stars" poll, followed by 29% for Len Goodman and 20% for Carrie Ann Inaba.

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