Thom Beers calls Deadliest Catch’s Emmy loss to “boring” Ken Burns doc “an abomination”

Deadliest Catch executive producer Thom Beers has never been shy about the nonfiction and reality TV Emmy categories, which last year he told me were “ridiculous,” and he’s echoed that this year.

“To be honest, I was totally crushed” that Deadliest Catch lost to Ken Burns’ documentary about national parks, he told Fancast. “Once again, I lost to a PBS series! I don’t know what the hell my show is even doing in a category that basically every year is a PBS category. [The academy doesn't] recognize ['Deadliest Catch'] as a documentary but they put it in that category. To lose to Ken Burns’ ‘Parks’ was an abomination. That was the most boring show Ken Burns ever made and when I think that my show should lose to the most boring, the dullest show Ken Burns has ever made, it’s an abomination.”

Beers told the site that there’s an obvious solution: “How easy is this! Docudramas — [they're on] every network, [they're] the staple of the world now. I’m not saying they’re the greatest thing in the world, but look, Cops is a docudrama, Intervention — the high-brow stuff — but Jersey Shore, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Pawn Stars — look at the shows that are in the top 20 in television right now. They’re docudramas and nobody’s touching that category. And to put something like Deadliest Catch in with Parks, a [six-part, 12-hour] limited series, and against Monty Python? What, are you kidding me? They don’t have anything in common.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Producer Blasts the Emmys [Fancast]

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