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Emmys: 'Top Chef' reheats nominations for reality-competition award

Emmy 2010 champion 'Top Chef'
"The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runway," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Top Chef" are the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominees for reality-competition program.

Last year, Bravo's culinary series "Top Chef," hosted by Padma Lakshmi and chef Tom Colicchio, took top honors for reality-competition program, defeating CBS' "The Amazing Race," which had won the award in all seven years since the category's inception. "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars" and "Project Runway" were also nominated in 2010.

The Emmy Awards will take place Sept. 18 and will be televised live on Fox. We'll have all the breaking news and reactions here on Awards Tracker.

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Photo: Tom Colicchio on "Top Chef: All-Stars." Credit: Bravo.


Poll: Will 'The Amazing Race' win the Emmy race again?

Amazing race tv news"So another season is done, and the votes are in," writes L.A. Times blogger Louis Bayard about the finale of "The Amazing Race." "Mine, anyway. I hereby declare 'Unfinished Business' to be the best idea 'Race' has had in a long time."

TV Neilsens weren't so good. It was the lowest-rated "Amazing Race" finale ever (8.9 million viewers, down 4%), but general reaction to the victory by sister team LaKisha and Jennifer was positive.

In our message boards, for example, our commenter named BrandoObsession wrote, "Overall, this season started and ended very strong with a few lagging episodes in between for me. All the concerns about teams knowing each other beforehand did factor into play a couple of times, but that's almost expected."

Next: This TV contest faces its ultimate challenge. Can "Amazing Race" reclaim its mojo in the Emmy race? For seven consecutive years it won the award for best reality-competition show until "Top Chef" pulled off an upset last year. Can "Race" zoom ahead again this year?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan (left) and sisters LaKisha (center) and Jen. Credit: CBS.


Poll: Can 'Amazing Race' rally to beat 'Top Chef' and 'American Idol' at the Emmys?

Amazing race charms tv newsNow that the new season of "The Amazing Race" is underway, TV viewers can decide: Is it good enough to help the show win the Emmy race for best reality/competition TV show again?

Until last year, "The Amazing Race" ruled the Emmy contest seven years in a row – dating back to when the category was created. The CBS program was a serious contender to repeat last year, while "American Idol" was considered to be its chief rival. However, "Top Chef" ultimately derailed "The Amazing Race's" amazing Emmy juggernaut.

The 18th season of "The Amazing Race" features 11 losing teams from previous TV seasons, vying for a new chance to win $1 million.

In Sunday night's episode, contestants were instructed to travel 2,700 miles from Japan to Lijiang, China, aboard trains, yaks and gondolas. Among the challenges they faced: searching through thousands of dangling charms to find the 12 Chinese zodiac animals.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Episode 4 of "The Amazing Race" Season 18. Credit: CBS



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