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The Emmy-nominated reality TV shows and hosts

The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and they are very, very familiar. Again. Given 80 hosts and hundreds of shows to choose from, the Television Academy members went with the ones they usually choose—though there were some exceptions, thankfully.

Netflix’s Queer Eye and Discovery’s Naked And Afraid were each nominated (in the structured and unstructured reality categories, respectively); each are the only new show in their categories, as the other shows were all nominated last year.

Queer Eye’s casting team was also nominated, replacing Survivor in a category that is otherwise identical to last year.

The biggest change came in the host category, where there were three returning nominees (RuPaul, Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, and W. Kamau Bell), but three others who were nominated last year (Martha/Snoop, Gordon Ramsay, and Alec Baldwin) were bumped out.

Nominated in their place are Ellen DeGeneres, for Ellen’s Game of Games, and two-time winner in the category Jane Lynch, who rejoins the list of nominees for her work on Hollywood Game Night.

Along with returning nominee American Masters, four new shows nominated in the documentary series category: HBO’s The Defiant Ones; Showtime’s The Fourth Estate; Netflix’s Wild Wild Country; and BBC America’s Blue Planet II.

The reality competition category nominees are exactly the same as last year’s nominees, and pretty much the same as the year before. That award will be presented Sept. 17, as part of the prime-time telecast on NBC.

The rest of the nonfiction and reality TV awards will be presented at the Creative Arts awards over two nights, Sept. 8 and 9, which will be edited into one broadcast, airing Sept. 15 on FXX.

The Emmys’ web site has a full list of all nominees and other details, such as episodes they were nominated for. You can also browse by show [PDF] to see all nominations for individual reality series.

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Fixer Upper
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Queer Eye
  • Shark Tank
  • Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

  • Born This Way
  • Deadliest Catch
  • Intervention
  • Naked And Afraid
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
  • United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Project Runway
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

  • American Masters
  • Blue Planet II
  • The Defiant Ones
  • The Fourth Estate
  • Wild Wild Country

Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program

  • Born This Way
  • Project Runway
  • Queer Eye
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Voice

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

  • W. Kamau Bell, host, United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
  • RuPaul Charles, host, RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Ellen DeGeneres, host, Ellen’s Game Of Games
  • Heidi Klum, host; Tim Gunn, Co-host; Project Runway
  • Jane Lynch, host, Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program

  • American Ninja Warrior, Patrick McManus for “Daytona Beach Qualifiers”
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nick Murray for “10s Across the Board”
  • Shark Tank, Ken Fuchs for episode 903
  • The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster for “It’s Just A Million Dollars, No Pressure”
  • The Voice, Alan Carter for “live top 11 performances”

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