Jeff Probst wins his fourth consecutive Emmy, Deadliest Catch wins its first as a series

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gave out Emmys in the creative arts category Saturday night, including two of the three major reality series awards, giving Survivor host Jeff Probst his fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding reality show host, and giving Deadliest Catch its first win for outstanding reality series and three other Emmys.

While Discovery’s awesome Deadliest Catch has won technical Emmys before, this is its first series win, and it was the big reality TV winner of the night, winning all four of the Emmys it was nominated for. It’s a great series, and was nominated for perhaps its best episode ever: “Redemption Day,” which focused on Phil Harris’ death.

Probst was nominated for the Redemption Island episode during which he did an excellent job of moderating a Tribal Council discussion/debate about race. Besides the Academy’s general laziness when it comes to reality show awards (oh, Amazing Race, I’ve heard of that), it’s easy to see why it’d be hard for a single Ryan Seacrest- or Cat Deeley-hosted episode to compete with that.

Overall, it wasn’t a great night for reality series, as they tended to lose to variety shows or other nonfiction programs. The best reality show series award will be announced at the Emmys next Sunday.

Here’s the list of Creative Arts winners in nonfiction categories. If there’s no highlighted entry, that’s because the show that won isn’t a reality series or documentary, at least not by my definition. For those, see the full list of Creative Arts winners.

  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: Dancing with the Stars‘ Tom Bergeron, So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley, The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan, Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, and American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest.
  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Deadliest Catch, Hoarders, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, MythBusters, and Undercover Boss.
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Becoming Chaz, His Way, Jaws: The Inside Story
  • Outstanding Nonfiction Series: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and 30 for 30
  • Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking: Freedom Riders, Gasland, and The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers.
  • Outstanding Choreography: So You Think You Can Dance‘s Mia Michaels (for Alice in Mia-Land “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” / “When We Dance” / “This Bitter Earth – On The Nature of Daylight” ), Stacey Tookey (for “Mad World” / “Sundrenched World” / “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”), Travis Wall (“Collide” / “How It Ends” / “Fix You”), Mandy Moore (“Oh Yeah” / “Boogie Shoes” / “I Surrender”), and Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (“Scars” / “Fallin” / “Outta Your Mind”); Dancing with the Stars‘ Mark Ballas (Jive “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” / Viennese Waltz “Hedwigs Theme (Theme from Harry Potter)” / Slow Waltz “My Love” ).
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 18, Deadliest Catch, Intervention, Survivor Redemption Island, and Top Chef All-Stars.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Gasland, If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise, and Whale Wars.
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race 18, Becoming Chaz, Gasland, and Top Chef All-Stars.
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming: American Idol 10, episode 18
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 18, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway 8, Survivor Redemption Island, Freedom Riders, and If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise.
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 16, American Idol, Whale Wars
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special: American Idol
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 18, American Idol 10, and Deadliest Catch
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series: American Idol 10 and Dancing with the Stars 11.
  • Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Freedom Riders, and Gasland
  • Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing: American Idol 10.
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Dancing with the Stars 12
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series: American Idol 10, Dancing with the Stars 12, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: America’s Got Talent 5, Dancing with the Stars 11

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.