Nominees for the 27th annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards have been announced, and this year a category for best reality programming is entering the mix.
In the non-fiction sphere, nominees for outstanding achievement in news and information include Spike Lee’s If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise for HBO; Restrepo, directed by Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington (pictured above) and airing on National Geographic Channel; ESPN sports doc series 30 for 30; CBS news magazine 60 Minutes and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.
Making its debut appearance at the TCA Awards, the outstanding achievement in reality programming category pits CBS’ The Amazing Race and Survivor against each other, with Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations; NBC’s smash hit The Voice and Bravo’s Top Chef: All Stars also nominated.
Elsewhere, in the outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials category, HBO’s Cinema Vérité, a scripted project based on the groundbreaking An American Family documentary featuring the Loud family, is nominated, and Oprah Winfrey is up for a career achievement award, as is frequent factual entertainment programming host/Star Trek legend William Shatner.
Winners will be announced at an invitation-only presentation, Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the TCA’s bi-annual industry conference.