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Here are the Emmy-nominated reality shows and hosts—mostly identical to last year!

Here are the Emmy-nominated reality shows and hosts—mostly identical to last year!
Lizzo and choreographer Tanisha Scott on Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Photo by James Clark/Amazon Studios)

The nominees for the 74th annual Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and as is usual for the reality TV categories, there’s a lot of the same as last year.

The big surprise for me was a competition nomination for Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Girls, Amazon’s great dance competition series. The rest of the shows in that category were identical to last year.

Considering the fact that the category was otherwise unchanged, and the impossible number of TV shows, I do cynically wonder if some Academy voters just recognized Lizzo’s name. At least it is a show worthy of nomination.

Alas, there are so many other shows worthy, too, and here we are with another fucking nomination for The Voice.

The Amazing Racewhich had a great season last year!—has now had 87 lifetime nominations. The Voice, which even NBC is giving up on by dropping it to once a year, has 70 total; Top Chef has 42, and RuPaul’s Drag Race 56.

You’d think there were only five or six reality competitions on the air; there were actually 81 eligible for nomination.

Top Chef Boston kitchen location
Top Chef Boston judges Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio in the show’s kitchen, which was not located in Boston. (Photo by Tommy Garcia/Bravo)

In the structured and unstructured reality TV categories, Netflix’s Love On The Spectrum U.S. got a nomination.

The Property Brothers got bumped out of the structured reality TV category by Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, while Love Is Blind got its second nomination for its second season.

Meanwhile, nominated for host of a reality show were the exact same people as last year—with the addition of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (who were nominated in 2020), and one small but curious change:

  • Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness for Queer Eye
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman for Making It
  • Nicole Byer for Nailed It!
  • Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary for Shark Tank
  • Padma Lakshmi for Top Chef
  • RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race

The change is that Padma is nominated alone; last year she was nominated with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Hmm.

Nailed It!, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Top Chef, The Voice.

This year, several unscripted shows received more than one nomination:

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, 8
  • Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls, 6
  • Queer Eye, 6
  • The Beatles: Get Back 5
  • Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, 5
  • Top Chef, 5

The scripted categories have more-interesting nominees, including 20 for Survivor and The Amazing Race alum Mike White’s series The White Lotus.

Below are the nominees in seven major unscripted TV categories. For all nominees, including technical awards—which range from an editing nomination for Below Deck Mediterranean to a music composition nomination for The Tinder Swindler—see the full list of nominees [PDF].

Emmy statue Television Academy

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

  • Controlling Britney Spears, FX
  • George Carlin’s American Dream, HBO/HBO Max
  • Lucy And Desi, Amazon Prime Video
  • The Tinder Swindler, Netflix
  • We Feed People, Disney+

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

  • The Andy Warhol Diaries, Netflix
  • The Beatles: Get Back, Disney+
  • jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, Netflix
  • 100 Foot Wave, HBO/HBO Max
  • We Need To Talk About Cosby, Showtime

Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special

  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Netflix
  • The Problem With Jon Stewart, Apple TV+
  • Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy, CNN
  • Vice, Showtime
  • The World According To Jeff Goldblum, Disney+

Outstanding Casting For A Reality Program

  • Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls, Lynne Spillman, Blair Kim, Jazzy Collins
  • Love On The Spectrum, Laura Ritchie, Kat Elmore, Jeffrey Marx
  • Queer Eye, Danielle Gervais, Jessica Jorgensen, Natalie Pino, Pamela Vallarelli, Quinn Fegan
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, Goloka Bolte, CSA; Ethan Petersen, CSA
  • Top Chef, Samantha Hanks, Ron Mare

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

  • Antiques Roadshow, PBS
  • Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, Magnolia Network
  • Love Is Blind, Netflix
  • Queer Eye, Netflix
  • Shark Tank, ABC

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

  • Below Deck Mediterranean, Bravo
  • Cheer, Netflix
  • Love On The Spectrum U.S., Netflix
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked, VH1
  • Selling Sunset, Netflix

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program

  • Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Making It
  • Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
  • Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
  • RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary Shark Tank
  • Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef

Outstanding Competition Program

  • The Amazing Race, CBS
  • Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Girls, Amazon
  • Nailed It!, Netflix
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1
  • Top Chef, Bravo
  • The Voice, NBC

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Wednesday 13th of July 2022

So happy for Amy and Nick. I was not aware they had ever been nominated before. They are so perfect for their show.


Tuesday 12th of July 2022

The truth is, these awards show don’t reflect much anymore. The panels can’t possibly watch all that’s airing, and just pick shows they recognize by name. It’s autopilot at this stage