Reality TV Emmy nominations: nearly identical to last year

Neil Patrick Harris, who announced the Emmy nominations with Aaron Paul and will host the telecast, pretty much summed up the reality category nominations with his awesome, sarcastic reaction to The Amazing Race‘s nomination: “shocker.”

Yes, the two major reality categories–which will be awarded on the prime-time telecast–are nearly identical to last year, including even Betty White’s baffling nomination as host for a show on which she does not do any hosting. (I love Betty White, but please.) The only difference is that Phil Keoghan did not get nominated; in his place, both Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn earned a joint nomination.

So, it’s the usual display of contempt for reality television from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Here are the two major reality categories along with the other two program-specific categories; I’ll update later today after combing through the technical nominations to see what reality shows earned nominations there.

  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, and Top Chef, and The Voice.
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program: Dancing with the Stars‘s Tom Bergeron, So You Think You Can Dance‘s Cat Deeley, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, and Betty White.
  • Outstanding Reality Program: Antiques Roadshow, Deadliest Catch, Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, MythBusters, Shark Tank, and Undercover Boss.
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: The Abolitionists, American Masters, The Men Who Built America, Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman, and Vice.

Update: Here’s the list of nominees whose awards will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony. These are reality TV-related categories and include only documentary or reality TV nominees. See the full list of nominations [PDF] for other nominees or to see specific episodes that were nominated.

  • Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Nonfiction Programs: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jay Leno’s Garage, Remembering 9/11, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
  • Outstanding Interactive Program: Bravo’s Top Chef Interactive Experience.
  • Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: All The President’s Men Revisited, Crossfire Hurricane, Death And The Civil War (American Experience), Ethel, Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden.
  • Outstanding Informational Series Or Special: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Brain Games, Inside the Actors Studio, Oprah’s Master Class, Stand Up To Cancer
  • Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Dust Bowl: The Great Plow Up, Ethel, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, The Men Who Built America
  • Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming: American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, Ethel, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, Survivor Caramoan: Live Finale and Reunion, Survivor Philippines: Live Finale and Reunion
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series: Masterchef
  • Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming: Dancing With The Stars 16, The Voice
  • Outstanding Choreography: Dancing With The Stars‘ Derek Hough and Allison Holker (Heart Cry / Stars), Dancing With The Stars‘ Derek Hough (Hey Pachuco / Para Los Rumberos / Walking On Air), So You Think You Can Dance‘s Sonya Tayeh (Possibly Maybe / Turning Page / Sail), So You Think You Can Dance‘s Mandy Jo Moore (The Power Of Love / Wild Horses), So You Think You Can Dance‘s Napoleon Dumo and Tabitha Dumo (Call Of The Wild [Circle Of Life]), So You Think You Can Dance‘s Travis Wall (Where The Light Gets In / Without You / Unchained Melody)
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Ethel, Manhunt: The Inside Story Of The Hunt For Bin Laden, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, and The Men Who Built America
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 22, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway, Survivor Philippines, Top Chef Seattle
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming: American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, Crossfire Hurricane, Ethel, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic.
  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming: The Amazing Race 22, Deadliest Catch, Project Runway 10, Project Runway 11, Survivor Caramoan
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special: Dancing with the Stars 16, The Voice
  • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Series: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars 16, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic): Dancing with the Stars 16
  • Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
    (Original Dramatic Score)
    : Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (single or multi-camera) : The Amazing Race 22, Crossfire Hurricane, The Dust Bowl, History Of The Eagles, The Men Who Built America, Survivor Philippines
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special: American Idol
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: The Amazing Race 22, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Crossfire Hurricane, Deadliest Catch, History of the Eagles, Survivor Philippines
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series: Dancing with the Stars 16, The Voice

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.