Survivor gets five Emmy nominations, while Amazing Race, Apprentice get four.

Survivor gets five Emmy nominations, while Amazing Race, Apprentice get four.
The nominees for the 56th annual Emmy awards have been announced, and among reality TV shows, Survivor cleaned up with five nominations. Both The Amazing Race and The Apprentice received four nominations, and American Idol got three. Other shows nominated include Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Colonial House, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Last Comic Standing, and Project Greenlight. Better, they finally seem to have their act together with reality TV-related categories. The reality TV-related nominations and categories are as follows (non-reality nominations in some of these categories aren’t mentioned, and for the technical awards, specific episodes were nominated; for the full list, see the 75-page Word doc that lists the nominees):

  • Outstanding Reality Program: Colonial House, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Project Greenlight, and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.
  • Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race, American Idol, The Apprentice Last Comic Standing, and Survivor.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera): The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, and Survivor.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction
    Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
    : The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, and two different episodes of Survivor.
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction
    Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera)
    : The Apprentice
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera): The Amazing Race and Survivor.
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series: American Idol.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.