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Shark Tank, Deadliest Catch, Jane Lynch win Emmys

Shark Tank's Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec. (Photo by Michael Ansell/ABC)

The Creative Arts Emmys were awarded last night, and awards for best reality series went to Deadliest Catch and Shark Tank, while Jane Lynch was best reality TV host for Hollywood Game Night. The outstanding reality competition program award will be presented next Monday during the prime-time telecast.

This was the first Emmy win for ABC’s Shark Tank after two nominations; Deadliest Catch won before, first in 2011. This was the first year non-competition reality shows were broken into two categories, structured and unstructured. Both are outstanding shows that deserved their wins and are terrific first winners for each of their categories, though there were some questionable nominees (I’m looking at you, Million Dollar Listing, and not just because your nomination resulted in this horror show).

Jane Lynch is a terrific host on Hollywood Game Night, which is a really fun show all around, and I’m grateful Betty White didn’t win (she’s awesome yet makes zero sense in this category), but now everyone else in the category has won except SYTYCD‘s Cat Deeley, and the Academy really should be ashamed of that.

Meanwhile, COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey won four technical awards, while Jehane Noujaim’s Netflix documentary The Square won three Emmys, including for outstanding documentary and directing for nonfiction programming. Besides that, Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance each picked up two awards, but no other broadcast reality series won an award.

Here are the winners, highlighted among the nominees I consider to be reality or documentary programs; the Emmys web site has a full list of winners, nominees, and nominated episodes.