The nominations for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning (Thursday), with The Amazing Race; America: The Story of Us; Life; National Parks: America’s Best Idea and Deadliest Catch among the shows that racked up multiple nominations for this year’s event.
While several of the reality series that have appeared in the nominations list in years past have made repeat appearances this time around, there are a few notable new entries into the Emmy sweepstakes. In the outstanding reality program category, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (Ryan Seacrest Productions and Fresh One Productions for ABC) and Undercover Boss (Studio Lambert for CBS) join repeat nominees Dirty Jobs (Pilgrim Films and Television, Inc. for Discovery Channel), Antiques Roadshow (WGBH Educational Foundation/PBS), Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (4 Aces and a Kicker production in association with Picture This Television and Bravo Media for Bravo) and MythBusters (Produced by Beyond Productions Pty.Ltd for The Discovery Channel) in the nominees list.
The outstanding reality/competition category also has its fair share of repeat nominees, including yet another appearance for The Amazing Race (World Race Productions for CBS), the seven-time winner of the category. Looking to unseat Race from its perch are American Idol (FremantleMedia N.A. Inc. and 19TV Ltd. for FOX), Dancing with the Stars (BBC Worldwide Productions for ABC), Project Runway (The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture for Lifetime) and Top Chef (Magical Elves and Bravo, for Bravo). No surprises in the hosting category this year either, with Race‘s Phil Keoghan, Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, Runway‘s Heidi Klum, Dancing‘s Tom Bergeron and Survivor‘s Jeff Probst up for the honor.
Moving to non-fiction, The Deadliest Catch (Original Productions, LLC for Discovery Communications) returned to the nominee list in the outstanding non-fiction series category, joined by Life (a BBC/Discovery Channel/SKAI co-production in association with RTI Spa), Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) (an Eagle Rock Entertainment production, in association with IFC; produced by Bill & Ben Productions), and three from PBS: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.); American Experience (Steeplechase Films for American Experience) and American Masters (Wolf Films and Strange Pictures LLC in association with Rhino Entertainment and Thirteen’s American Masters for WNET.org).
Nods for exceptional merit in non-fiction filmmaking went to Brick City (Brick City LLC for Sundance Channel), My Lai (Ark Media for PBS’ ‘American Experience’), Nerakhoon (The Betrayal) (Pandinlao Films, LLC in Association with American Documentary/POV), Patti Smith: Dream Of Life (Clean Socks and Thirteen for WNET.ORG in association with American Documentary | POV), Pressure Cooker (Non Sequitur Productions for BET) and Sergio (Silverbridge Productions and Passion Pictures in association with Screen Pass Pictures, Impact Partners, Motto Pictures, BBC Storyville and HBO Documentary Films).
Outstanding non-fiction special nominees include Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story (Salient Media, Halyon Films in association with Ella Communications for Epix), By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama (Green Film Company, Citi Productions, Class 5 Films and GOOD in association with HBO Documentary Films), Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s On Me (Rhapsody Productions in association with TCM, Arena/BBC and Warner Home Video for TCM), Saturday Night Live In The 2000s: Time and Again (Barking Dog Productions for NBC) and The Simpsons: 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! (Warrior Poets for FOX).
Multiple nominees in non-fiction and reality include Dancing with the Stars with nine, The Amazing Race with seven, American Idol and Life with six each, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea with five and America: The Story of Us and Deadliest Catch with four each.
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmys air on NBC on August 29. For a full list of nominees, see the Emmy site.