TCA Awards reality TV nominees: all competitions, two previous winners

The fourth Television Critics Association award for a reality TV series will once again go to a competition series, as all five nominees are competitions. The shows nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming were announced today:

The Amazing Race, CBS
RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo
Shark Tank, ABC
Survivor, CBS
The Voice, NBC

Well, I tried. (Shark Tank won last year and The Amazing Race won the first year the award was given.)

At this point, I’m torn between voting for Survivor, which had two exceptionally and surprisingly strong seasons late in its life (never mind how it deserves recognition for its exceptional craft, which has stayed strong for 14 years and 28 seasons), and RuPaul’s Drag Race, which I like well enough and is also a non-network show, because it’d be nice to acknowledge that there’s reality TV somewhere other than the major three networks.

Meanwhile, here are the nominees in the Outstanding Achievement in News and Information category, which can include documentaries or nonfiction series:

CBS Sunday Morning, CBS
Cosmos, Fox
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Frontline, PBS
60 Minutes, CBS

Finally, Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett was nominated for the Career Achievement Award; the others include James Burrows, Valerie Harper, Jay Leno, and William Shatner.

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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.