The Television Academy announced nominees for the 68th annual Emmy Awards, and in the reality TV categories, there were new shows and new people nominated.
Nominations for the 2016 TCA Awards, presented by the Television Critics Association, have been announced, and include eight nominations for reality shows.
Emmy nomination voting began yesterday, and as part of that process, the Television Academy has released its nominating ballots, showing all of the people and television shows eligible for nominations, in addition to technical categories, such as cinematography, directing, and editing. The lists below represent the unscripted shows and hosts who are eligible to be nominated… continue reading
The day before its ninth season premiere, The Voice won its second Emmy, meaning The Amazing Race did not win its 11th Emmy. The outstanding reality competition Emmy was the only unscripted category presented at the prime-time Emmy telecast, because Hollywood fails to see a significant portion of television as deserving of its time (and, yes,… continue reading
The Creative Arts Emmys were held last night, and the results were just about as predictable as the nominees. Shark Tank, Deadliest Catch, Anthony Bourdain, and Jane Lynch all won Emmys, just like they did last year. Although the winners are mostly strong programs, they also represent sameness: Anthony Bourdain, Jane Lynch, Deadliest Catch, again,… continue reading
The Television Critics Association has given two TCA awards to unscripted series, The Chair and The Jinx. Also in nonfiction, the award for outstanding achievement in news and information went to HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The Chair, Starz’s exceptionally crafted documentary series that followed two filmmakers as they produced films from the… continue reading
Once again, it’s time for that special time of year when the Television Academy celebrates the best in television by copying and pasting the same nominees as last year. Yes, in their infinite wisdom, members have chosen from 194 shows and 56 hosts and selected pretty much the exact same ones as last year. Once… continue reading
The Television Academy revealed the 2015 Emmy nomination ballots today, which list those people or shows deemed eligible for an award in a certain category. What follows are four lists that I’ve painstakingly typed, each of which include all the potential nominees for the following categories: reality show host, unstructured reality show, structured reality show,… continue reading
The Television Critics Association Awards nominees have just been revealed, and finally, there is once again a non-competition series among the nominees: Starz’ The Chair, a show truly deserving of recognition as outstanding television. The TCA Award nominees for outstanding achievement in reality programming are: The Amazing Race, CBS The Chair, Starz Dancing with the… continue reading
It’s that time of year when Television Critics Association members get to nominate shows for our annual awards, and thus time for me to offer recommendations/beg my fellow critics to please nominate reality television that represents the peak of what this genre is capable of producing. Although I’ve been generally pleased with the shows that… continue reading
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,… continue reading
Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and Fox/NatGeo’s COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey won the Television Critics Association’s nonfiction television awards, which will be presented tonight. Drag Race became the fourth winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming award, following Shark Tank last year. As it turned out, all five nominees were competition series, two of which… continue reading
In the Television Academy’s 70-page rules and procedures document defines reality TV shows and nonfiction programming, and explains the difference between them. The definitions are remarkably simple, at least for the three major reality TV categories. Here’s how the Academy defines them, starting on page 57: Structured reality program: “programs that contain consistent story elements… continue reading
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… continue reading
NBC’s The Voice won the Emmy for outstanding reality competition series, unseating CBS’ The Amazing Race for the second upset in the category’s 11-year history. Before last night, nine of the 10 years the Emmys have awarded a statute to Amazing Race as the best reality competition series; after being dethroned by Top Chef in… continue reading