Sunday, August 21, 2022

'Queer Eye' leads structured reality programs with six nominations at the 2022 Emmy Awards

For this week's Sunday entertainment feature, I'm taking my cue from 'Cheer' returns, earning three Emmy nominations: "I'll return with this year's structured reality program nominees. Stay tuned." Here are the relevant nominations at the 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Fixer Upper: Welcome Home (Magnolia Network)
Love Is Blind (Netflix)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Shark Tank (ABC)
I'm recycling my analysis from last year's 'Queer Eye' leads structured reality program nominees again at the Emmy Awards while 'preaching love, acceptance, pride, and compassion'.
The favorite for Outstanding Structured Reality Program is three-time [now four-time] returning winner "Queer Eye," which, as the promotional image from Twitter shows, has a total of six nominations, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, [Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series replacing Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program], and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program. I'm being a good environmentalist by recycling last year's description of the returning nominees.
"Queer Eye" preaches "love, acceptance, pride, and compassion" and, as I wrote last year, "'Queer Eye' [is] not only...a fun show that helps people be more fashionable, but [is] example of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. Keep up the good work!" It did...The other returning nominees are "Shark Tank," which...features diverse guests and hosts, and "Antiques Roadshow," which I praised last year for its educational content.
A new version of "Fixer Upper" has rotated into the home improvement slot that had "Property Brothers: Forever Home" last year, "A Very Brady Renovation" the year before that, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" squatted in three years ago, and the previous edition of "Fixer Upper" held two years before that. "Love Is Blind" returned, kicking out "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." Although this exact field has not competed in this category before, the nominated shows look very familiar.

I'm recycling my handicapping of the category as well.
"Queer Eye" won this category last year [and the three years before that] and I expect it will win again. Its main competition is "Shark Tank," the winner of this category in 2014–2017 and Outstanding Reality Program in 2012 and 2013.
I think that's still true, as "Shark Tank" is the only other nominee with nominations in other categories, including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, which I'm covering next, after embedding the trailers for the two most nominated shows, beginning with Queer Eye: Season 6 | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Grab a Texas-sized box of tissues y’all because the Fab 5 are bringing love and light to the Lone Star State. Watch as they work their life-changing magic yet again and transform the lives of deserving Texans. Queer Eye returns December 31st, only on Netflix.
Next, "Shark Tank" - Season Premiere FRIDAY OCT 8 8/7c on ABC.

The pandemic definitely had an effect on both shows.

Since these are the only nominations for "Fixer Upper: Welcome Home" and "Love Is Blind," I'm sharing their promotional images from Twitter.

Sorry, I couldn't find one for "Antiques Roadshow" by itself. Maybe PBS and its shows' producers should promote the public network's shows at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards as much as it does for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Now onto the other category featuring both "Queer Eye" and "Shark Tank."

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness – Queer Eye (Netflix)
Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)
Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O'Leary – Shark Tank (ABC)
Padma Lakshmi – Top Chef (Bravo)
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman – Making It (NBC)
RuPaul – RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
RuPaul won this award last year, and has since since 2016, a string of six consecutive years. I expect this year will be the seventh. In consolation, I'm embedding 'Queer Eye' hosts Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness on latest Emmy nominations from Gold Derby.

'Queer Eye' hosts Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness on the special relationships they formed in Texas. Along with Tan France and Karamo Brown, they are nominated for a third consecutive Emmy Award for Best Reality Host. Gold Derby's Sam Eckmann hosts this webchat.
That was a fun, emotional, and informative interview. While I don't think the Fab Five will beat RuPaul, I enjoyed watching and listening to them and wish them all well.

Now for the last category I haven't yet examined this year.
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program
Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: "Naked" – Deidre Panziera, Hannah Carpenter, Brian Murphy, and Jeanie Phillips (Prime Video)
Queer Eye: "Angel Gets Her Wings" – Nova Taylor and Sean Gill (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race: "Big Opening #1" – Jamie Martin, Paul Cross, Ryan Mallick, and Michael Roha (VH1)
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: "Halftime Headliners" – Michael Lynn Deis, Mary DeChambres, Katherine Griffin, Laurel Mick Ostrander, and Michael Roha (Paramount+)
Top Chef: "Restaurant Wars" – Steve Lichtenstein, Ericka Concha, Tim Daniel, George Dybas, Eric Lambert, Anthony Rivard, Jay Rogers, Sarah Goff, Matt Reynolds, and Clark Vogeler (Bravo)
"RuPaul's Drag Race" won this award the past two years, but "Queer Eye" has taken home the statuette twice before, so I think the two shows are the front runners with "RuPaul's Drag Race" favored.

Follow over the jump for the three categories I've already covered.

I analyzed two categories in 'Cheer' returns, earning three Emmy nominations.
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.
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.
I'm going to feature an interview I should have included in 'Cheer' returns, earning three Emmy nominations, Greg Whiteley ('Cheer') on 'super exciting' Emmy noms and what 'devastated' him in Season 2 from Gold Derby. Better late than never.

The first season of Netflix's "Cheer" won three Emmys in 2020 for Best Unstructured Reality Program, Best Directing and Best Picture Editing. Two years later, the popular docuseries is nominated for those exact same three awards. "I try to pretend as a documentarian, as an artist, to be above such things as awards, but I'm really not," smiles nominated director/producer Greg Whiteley. "I was super excited and flattered and I'm really looking forward to the ceremony, and it's been fun to plan with my wife what we'll do that night."
I'm glad I embedded this interview.

Now for the final category that I covered in Colbert examines Manchin agreeing to the reconciliation bill that would fight climate change.
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series (Area)
A Black Lady Sketch Show: "Anybody Have Something I Can Flog Myself With?" - Cindy Chao, Michele Yu, and Lizzie Boyle (HBO/HBO Max)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: "Colbert's "Lord of the Rings" Rap Celebrates 20 Years of The Greatest Trilogy in Movie History" - Jim Fenhagen, Larry Hartman, Brendan Hurley, and Riley Mellon (CBS)
Queer Eye: "Angel Gets Her Wings" - Thomas Rouse and Josh Smith (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race: "Catwalk" - Gianna Costa and Allison Spain (VH1)
Saturday Night Live: "Host: Kim Kardashian" - Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, Keith Ian Raywood, N. Joseph DeTullio, and Melissa Shakun (NBC)
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" is the only variety talk show nominated in this category, competing against the two nominees for variety sketch series and the top nominees for structured reality show and competition show. While that means that this episode had the best production design of all the variety talk shows, beating out "Last Week Tonight," which earned a nomination in this category last year but not this year, I doubt that will be enough. "Saturday Night Live" has won this award five years in a row and I expect it will win it again.
"Queer Eye" should be happy to be nominated, as it wasn't nominated for this award before, but it should also be happy that this is an area award, so several shows could win, including "Queer Eye." I'm OK with that.

Stay tuned as I return with the nominations for competition shows as "RuPaul's Drag Race" again leads competition program nominees at the Emmy Awards while modeling diversity and acceptance.

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