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68th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Predictions Part 1: Reality and Variety   Leave a comment

Five days from now, Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham will announce the nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, rewarding the best in television for the previous television season. In this special four-parter, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on which shows and performances are destined for Emmy gold this year. First up, the reality and variety series and specials.

reality competition

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION SERIES:
• The Amazing Race (CBS)
• Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
• Project Runway (Lifetime)
• So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
• Top Chef (Bravo)
• The Voice (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Survivor (NBC)

Despite the surge in popularity of other reality shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race or the previously nominated Survivor, voters in this category are probably the laziest as this is the lineup we had for the last three years. Thus, even if there are other shows that were well-received, we’re stuck with this lineup, and that’s why I’m predicting the same six. Watch out though for a comeback of some sort, either Survivor‘s resurgence finally catches on the Academy or the farewell season of American Idol, to join the race again.

reality competition host

OUTSTANDING REALITY/COMPETITION HOST:
• Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
• Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
• Steve Harvey, “Celebrity Family Feud”
• Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
• Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”

Sixth nominee: Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Anthony Bourdain is ineligible this time around for The Taste, so that frees up a slot here, and the possibilities are endless. For now, I’m retaining three of the previous winners here – Bergeron, Klum and Gunn, and current champ Lynch – to join perennial nominee Cat Deeley. As for the newbie, I’m betting on Steve Harvey to pick up a nod, especially after his infamous Miss Universe stint in here. If not, then Ryan Seacrest probably comes back for Idol‘s series finale, or maybe RuPaul finally gets a breakthrough.

special class program

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
• Grease: Live (Fox)
• Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO)
• The Oscars (ABC)
• Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show (CBS)
• 69th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
• The Wiz Live (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Grammys 2016 (CBS)

For the first time, they’ve created a specific Special Class Program that separates specials to awards ceremonies and other live events. For this one, the focus is on theatrical specials and the current trend of doing live musicals on network shows will automatically give Grease Live and The Wiz Live nominations. Among awards ceremonies, however, the Oscars and the Tonys are the one that regularly gets nominated so expect them in here as well. HBO’s Lady Day special is a good bet as well, and since it’s still up in the air if we’ll get five or six nominees here, I’m including the Pepsi Halftime Show of the SuperBowl 50 which had the Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce performance.

variety special

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SPECIAL
• Adele Live in New York City (NBC)
• Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (HBO)
• Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
• Lemonade (HBO)
• Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows (NBC)

Sixth nominee: Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert (CBS)

Speaking of Beyonce, the first of the Adele vs. Beyonce face-offs yet to come for the rest of the year will surprisingly start at the Emmys. Adele’s special NBC New York special is the frontrunner here, but Beyonce’s online smash premiere of Lemonade on HBO is a certain to receive a nod too. In between, there’s Amy Schumer’s Live at the Apollo special, multiple time winner Kennedy Center Honors, and as for the last spot, I’m going with the James Burrows special only because I think Burrows is a prominent and legendary TV figure that has worked on a lot of previous Emmy winning series.

variety talk

OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK PROGRAM
• The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
• Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
• Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
• The Late Late Show with James Corden (CBS)
• The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

It’s a different category now without the usual shows (as the three from last year – the two Jimmys and John Oliver are coming back), especially from last year. With the exit of David Letterman and Jon Stewart, it frees up two spots here. Well, three if you include The Colbert Report, but then he’s just replacing himself with The Late Show. Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show is a shoo-in atoo. For that last spot, one can count on Real Time with Bill Maher to come back considering it’s a mainstay in this category except for its first absence last year. That said, I think HBO’s focus is now on Last Week Tonight already. I guess the popularity of his carpool karaoke series combined with the industrys penchant for him will give James Corden his first bid here for his CBS nightly show.

variety sketch

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH PROGRAM
• Documentary Now! (IFC)
• Drunk History (Comedy Central)
• Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
• Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
• Portlandia (IFC)
• Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Seventh nominee: Billy On The Street (truTV)

They’re extending the category to six now from last year’s five. Considering that all five nominees from last year are still eligible, then expect all five to be back. As for what’s joining them, we’re counting on IFC’s Documentary Now which has Emmy nominees Fred Armisen and Bill Hader on the forefront to get nominated too.

Tomorrow, it’s the longform categories with the TV Movie and Miniseries programs!

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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program   Leave a comment

reality host

You’re still reading Tit for Tat’s 2015 Emmy coverage, as I try to predict who’ll end up winning an Emmy come September 20th. Let’s close the reality categories with the award for Outstanding Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program where we have the same lineup last year save for non-eligible Betty White.

Let’s begin with current champ Jane Lynch who’s aiming a back to back win for her turn as the host of Hollywood Game Night. In her submission “A Hollywood Scandal”, she has Scott Foley, Leah Remini, Krysten Ritter, and Wynona Judd. Lynch was her usual hilarious self providing the counter balance to her crazy guests even poking fun at herself. She’s a tad upstaged by the guests, but a lot of why this hour went smoothly was because of how she handles them.

In Project Runway, the submitted episode “Klum of Doom” had Tim Gunn announcing to the designers that they will be designing Heidi Klum‘s Creative Emmys dress last year, and it’s a bit wise to submit a tape that focuses on the Emmy prospect. That said, there’s not much new this episode offered in terms of the usual Gunn and Klum bits, though I won’t be surprised if they win.

Tom Bergeron, now the most nominated person in this category, gets his 8th consecutive nomination which means he’s nominated since the category’s inception back in 2008. While he won once already in 2012 after Jeff Probst domination, I don’t think his episode “Episode 2007” of Dancing with the Stars will be his ticket to the second Emmy win.

The Emmys seem to like Cat Deeley a lot that she’s now on her fifth consecutive nomination, yet she still has to win one. This year she submitted “Top 4 perform”, the close to finale episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The thing with Deeley is that she doesn’t do the heavy lifting with her hosting as she’s mostly relegated to the introducing of performances, but what she has is rapport with the judges which was highlighted a lot in this episode.

Lastly, The Taste judge and coach Anthony Bourdain is on his third nod for this year. In his submission “New Year’s Day”, he gets to fulfill both his coach duties and his judge duties as he gets snarky with his reactions on the other teams. The highlight, however, was when one of his contestants ended up in the bottom two and he had to assist him to be saved.

Ever since Jeff Probst four-peat domination, no one has won this category twice. So that’s a plus for both Cat Deeley and Anthony Bourdain. However, if there’s one person who can be a repeat winner for this, I think that’s Jane Lynch so I’m sticking with her for now. That said, Bourdain and Deeley are just waiting right around the corner if they prefer to spread the wealth.

Prediction: Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night
Alternate: Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste

Full Rankings:
01. Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night
02. Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste
03. Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
04. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
05. Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars

Here are my other 2015 Emmy prediction analysis.

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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program   Leave a comment

reality competition

In the twelve years since this category started back in 2003, The Amazing Race has won this ten time with both Top Chef and The Voice sneaking one win apiece. Now that the three shows are competing again, will we see one of them winning? Or is it time for the other no-win nominees (Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance) to snatch their win?

Both the dancing shows submitted close to finale episodes. Dancing with the Stars went with “Episode 2009” while So You Think You Can Dance submitted the “August 20, 2014” episode. The thing with these dancing shows is that while they’re showing the competition, it’s not competitive enough with the other competition formats. Add the fact that they’re the only programs that show the same type of skill (dancing), it cancels out each other votes.

One time champ The Voice decided to go with “Blind Auditions 701.” It’s wise that they keep on submitting their blind audition episodes, as they feature the gimmicky spinning chairs and had the coaches fighting with each other. It also offers something new because it’s the first season with coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

Project Runway is now on its eleventh bid in this category, and it has yet to win. They went with “The Rainway”  episode where the designers are *obviously* gonna make garments suitable for the rainy season. It also has the gimmick of having rain on the actual runway. I find this a new take from the Project Runway team, as they’re more leaning to episodes with contestants’ drama instead of having anything to do with the actual challenge.

Hoping for a second victory is 2010 champ Top Chef, which submitted their Boston season finale for this year. While there’s tough competition in this episode with an elimination at the start of the episode, it feels a bit “been there done that” already.

There’s a reason why The Amazing Race continues to dominate this category, and that’s because they know how to provide the great submissions. This year, they went with “Mo’rock n Roll” where the contestants can be seen flying to Morocco from Denmark. In a span of 42 minutes, this has all the elements of an award winning episode – you have perceived frontrunners Misti & Jim finishing a Speed Bump at the start of the episode, then there’s a Detour and a U Turn as well. Plus, the heart tugging angle of surfer Bethany doing a Road Block.

Well it’s obvious by now that The Amazing Race is winning an eleventh one, and its episode is far and above the rest of the pack. The only one I can see challenging it is The Voice with its two new coaches.

PREDICTION: The Amazing Race (CBS)
ALTERNATE: The Voice (NBC)

Full rankings:
01. “The Amazing Race
02. “The Voice
03. “Project Runway
04. “Dancing with the Stars
05. “Top Chef
06. “So You Think You Can Dance

You can also check the rest of my 2015 Emmy prediction analysis. Talk to me about it on Twitter: @nikowl

65th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Reality Competition Program   Leave a comment

reality competition
PAST PREDICTIONS:

2005: “The Amazing Race” [CORRECT]
2006: 
The Amazing Race” [CORRECT]
2007: 
American Idol” [WRONG]
2008: “
The Amazing Race” [CORRECT]
2009: “
The Amazing Race” [CORRECT]
2010: “
The Amazing Race” [WRONG]
2011: “
The Amazing Race” [CORRECT]
2012: “
The Amazing Race” [CORRECT]

Let’s now move on to one of my favorite Emmy categories: Reality/Competition show. Since its inception in 2003, only two shows have won this award: The Amazing Race and Top Chef. As much as how stagnant the winners circle is, they have been more receptive to giving nominations to new shows though previous nominee Survivor can’t catch a break despite a well buzzed season while former perennial nominee American Idol keeps on fading to obscurity. Anyway let’s begin the discussion.

For the second year, two dancing shows are up for the award. It’s unfortunate though that these two dancing shows are the two longest episodes this year. Dancing with the Stars had their prom episode as their submission. It’s glitz, glamour, and fun with a lot of dance spectacles such as that leading one by Derek and Kellie. However, submitting their second live show episodes doesn’t help them much as it simply went on and on and on and on. On the other hand, submitting the finale episode didn’t work for So You Think You Can Dance as well, as there’s not much competition that happened since it’s just an exhibition of their best performances all season. There’s an Emmy shoutout though, from Nigel Lythgoe, and maybe that’s a wink to these Emmy voters.

Top Chef submitted the top three episode where in they went to Alaska. It was a heart tugging extended episode where the challenge involved cooking a dish that inspired them to be the chefs they were. It also added the reality factor when Joshua, one of the remaining contestants, is anxious since her wife who’s on the other side of America is going into labor. It’s a pretty intense episode that can charm votes from Emmy people.

Intense can also be applied to the Project Runway episode since it started with the aftermath of a contestant who voluntarily left the contest followed by another one who wants to do the same. This led to the comeback of an eliminated contestant already. The challenge for this episode is about a casual wear for a busy woman who’s flaw free day and night and has Hayden Panettiere as its guest judge.

Current winner The Amazing Race submitted its second Botswana episode with some very intense tasks such as the diving in a crocodile swamped lake, delivering goats on the said lake, and guiding two donkeys with a carrot among other things. It also added extra drama when teams were stopped by police due to overspeeding, a team getting lost, and the elimination results too. While I think it’s not the season’s best episode, it’s pretty much a jam packed episode that for sure will be competitive,

And lastly there’s The Voice. They submitted the first Blind Auditions for the fourth season which featured new coaches Shakira and Usher. With two eligible seasons this year, it is wise of The Voice team to go with their most buzzed parts of the contest: the Blind Auditions. It also added the fresh faces of two more Grammy winning artists, and it featured the audition piece of the season’s eventual winner. Being the newest member of this category, it also is the most buzzed show in this group which can help.

All in all, I don’t know if there will be changes here, but it will probably be an easy win for The Amazing Race again. The only one I can see them going for as an alternate is The Voice but for the most part, it will add another trophy to the Amazing Race’s Emmy streak.

Prediction: The Amazing Race”
Runner-Up: The Voice

Full Rankings:
1. The Amazing Race”
2. “The Voice
3. “Top Chef”
4. “Dancing with the Stars
5. “So You Think You Can Dance
6. “Project Runway”

To check out other Emmy predictions, you can check them here.

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