Wednesday, August 17, 2022

'Cheer' returns, earning three Emmy nominations

As I promised three times, I'm continuing my series on the Emmy nominations. I'm moving on to Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, which "Cheer" won two years ago and "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" won last year. Both returned this year, earning nominations along with returning nominees "Below Deck" and "Selling Sunset." "Love on the Spectrum U.S." joins the four returning nominees, tying "Cheer" with three nominations, so while I think "Cheer" and "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" are the co-favorites with the edge going to "Cheer" because of its three nominations to only one for "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," "Love on the Spectrum U.S." could upset both in this category.

Watch Cheer Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix.

The Emmy-winning breakout sensation is back and the stakes have never been higher. As Season 2 opens and the buzz around their newfound stardom threatens to alter the dynamic of Navarro Cheer, the team finds no amount of press frenzy could compare to the challenges they must face when COVID-19 upends the 2020 cheer season and a serious criminal accusation is levied at one of their teammates. Against that dramatic backdrop, the 9-episode season expands to showcase Navarro’s fiercest rival: Trinity Valley Community College. As with the Navarro team, TVCC has a charismatic coach and breakout stars whose struggles, triumphs and stories extend far beyond the mat. As both teams push for the 2021 championship in Daytona, familiar faces take compelling detours and new contenders make a name for themselves. Cheer Season 2 is directed by Greg Whiteley (Last Chance U) and produced by One Potato Productions and Boardwalk Pictures.
For my reaction, I'm repeating what I wrote two years ago.
"Cheer" "follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for the biggest moment of their lives." Navarro College "is a public community college in Texas," so it takes place at a local government institution. Again, public education is a function of government.
As someone who marched in drum corps and still follows the activity, I can relate to their experience, at least in terms of practice and judged competition. I wonder if my fellow drum corps alumni would agree. I'll have to ask.
I asked on Facebook and my fellow drum corps alumni agreed with me about "Cheer." They loved it!
Since this is the only nomination for "Selling Sunset," I'm sharing its promotional picture from Instagram via Twitter here.

I think they're selling something in addition to real estate.

This is also the only nomination for "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," but I'll share its promotional image when I cover the main show.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the unstructured reality program nominations at the 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program
Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls – Lynne Spillman, Blair Kim, and Jazzy Collins (Prime Video)
Love on the Spectrum U.S. – Laura Ritchie, Kat Elmore, and Jeffrey Marx (Netflix)
Queer Eye – Danielle Gervais, Jessica Jorgensen, Natalie Pino, Pamela Vallarelli, and Quinn Fegan (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race – Goloka Bolte and Ethan Petersen (VH1)
Top Chef – Samantha Hanks and Ron Mare (Bravo)
It says something about the strength of the casting that "Love on the Spectrum U.S." is the only unstructured reality program to earn a nomination for casting against "Queer Eye" and three competition programs. It won't be enough to unseat "RuPaul's Drag Race," which has won this category the past two years. The only other nominee I see beating it is "Queer Eye," which won the two years before that.

Watch the cast of in Love on the Spectrum U.S. | Official Trailer | Netflix.

This insightful and warm hearted docuseries follows autistic people as they navigate the world of dating and relationships.
I see why it got the nomination.

Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program
The Amazing Race – Josh Gitersonke, Joshua Argue, Kathryn Barrows, Marc Bennett, Denise Borders, Petr Cikhart, Dave D'Angelo, Chris Ellison, Adam Haisinger, Kevin R. Johnson, Daniel Long, and Jeff Philips (CBS)
Deadliest Catch – David Reichert, Bryan Miller, Kelvon Agee, Charlie Beck, Todd Stanley, Dave Arnold, Nathan Garofalos, Shane Moore, Randy Lee, Jacob Tawney, Sam Henderson, Carson Doyle, and Antonio Baca (Discovery Channel)
Life Below Zero: "Fire in the Sky" – Danny Day, Michael Cheeseman, and Simeon Houtman (National Geographic)
Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: "HBCYOU Band" – Michael Jacob Kerber (Prime Video)
RuPaul's Drag Race – Michael Jacob Kerber, Jay Mack Arnette II, Jason Cooley, Pauline Edwards, Mario Panagiotopoulos, Brett Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Justin Umphenour, and Jon Schneider (VH1)
Survivor – Scott Duncan, Peter Wery, Russ Fill, Christopher Barker, Granger Scholtz, Josh Bartel, Marc Bennett, Paulo Castillo, Rodney Chauvin, Chris Ellison, Glenn Louis Evans, David J. Frederick, Ben Gamble, Kevin B. Garrison, Nixon George, Matthias Hoffmann, Toby Hogan, Efrain "Mofi" Laguna, Jeff Phillips, Louis Powell, Erick G. Sarmiento, Dirk Steyn, John Tattersall, Holly Tompson, Paulo Velozo, Ryan Hermosura, and Cullum Andrews (CBS)
I'm recycling my reactions, beginning with this from Barack Obama nominated for Outstanding Narrator of 'Our Great National Parks' at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
Unstructured reality shows have more about the human struggle against nature, with "Deadliest Catch" and "Live Below Zero" earning two Emmy nominations each, both for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program, where they are competing against "Survivor," and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program, for a total of five.
The second is an update of 'Queer Eye' leads structured reality program nominees again at the Emmy Awards while 'preaching love, acceptance, pride, and compassion', I think "Life Below Zero" will win this category for the fifth consecutive year.
Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program
Cheer: "Daytona Pt. 2: If the Judges Disagree" – Greg Whiteley (Netflix)
Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: "Naked" – Nneka Onuorah (Prime Video)
Queer Eye: "Angel Gets Her Wings" – Aaron Krummel (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race: "Moulin Ru: The Rusical" – Nick Murray (VH1)
Top Chef: "Freedmen's Town" – Ari Boles (Bravo)
This field includes a rematch of two years ago, where "Cheer" beat "RuPaul's Drag Race." Without "Cheer," "RuPaul's Drag Race" won again last year. Let's see who wins this year.

Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program
Below Deck Mediterranean: "A Yacht in Kneed" – Cameron Teisher, Garrett Hohendorf, Bil Yoelin, and Jonathan Anderson (Bravo)
Cheer: "Daytona Pt. 2: If the Judges Disagree" – Daniel George McDonald, Daniel J. Clark, Zachary Fuhrer, Stefanie MaridueƱa, Dana Martell, Jody McVeigh-Schultz, Sharon Weaver, and David Zucker (Netflix)
Deadliest Catch: "Five Souls on Board" – Rob Butler, Isaiah Camp, Alexandra Moore, Adrian Orozco, Alexander Rubinow, Hugh Elliott, and Chris Courtner (Discovery Channel)
Life Below Zero: "Fire in the Sky" – Michael Swingler, Tony Diaz, Matt Edwards, and Jennifer Nelson (National Geographic)
Love on the Spectrum U.S.: "Episode 1" – Rachel Grierson-Johns, Simon Callow-Wright, and John Rosser (Netflix)
This category is another rematch from two years ago, when "Cheer" beat both "Deadliest Catch" and "Life Below Zero," which won last year in the absence of "Cheer." I think this is a contest between the two, with a slight advantage to "Cheer" because it won the first head-to-head matchup between the two in 2020.

I'll return with this year's structured reality program nominees. Stay tuned.

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