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.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

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