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“Ethel,” Bourdain, “Amazing Race” lead Emmy non-fiction, reality nominees

Traveling chef Anthony Bourdain (pictured), HBO docs Ethel and Mea Maxima Culpa, and competition show The Amazing Race are among the reality and non-fiction nominees at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.
July 18, 2013

Multiple non-fiction and reality nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards¬†include Rory Kennedy’s doc Ethel, traveling chef Anthony Bourdain (pictured) and HBO doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.

They join a list of acclaimed HBO fare and popular reality formats, including 13-time winner The Amazing Race, in the reality and non-fiction programming categories.

Bourdain scored a nod for his work on ABC’s The Taste in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or a Reality Competition Program category. He is up against last year’s winner Dancing With The Stars‘ Tom Bergeron,¬†American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, So You Think You Can Dance’s Cat Deeley and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers’ Betty White.

Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, a four-time winner in the category, was shut out for the second consecutive year.

Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series for CNN also received nods in the Informational Series or Special and cinematography categories, and he’s up against Mea Maxima Culpa director Alex Gibney in the writing category.

Gibney’s doc also received noms for directing, cinematography and editing but failed to secure a spot in the Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Special category. Discovery Channel’s All The President’s Men Revisited, PBS’s Death And The Civil War and the HBO docs Ethel, Crossfire Hurricane and Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt For Bin Laden will compete for that award. For Ethel, the nomination is one of five.

The Outstanding Reality Competition Program category is stacked with familiar formats save for one surprise: The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The Guy Fieri-hosted series will go up against ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Lifetime’s Project Runway, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, NBC’s The Voice and Bravo’s Top Chef.

Meanwhile, PBS’ Antiques Roadshow; Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and MythBusters; ABC’s Shark Tank; and CBS’ Undercover Boss will vie for the Outstanding Reality Program statuette.

Check out the rest of the reality and non-fiction nominees below and the full list of nominees here.

Outstanding Documentary Or Non-fiction Series nominees are The Abolitionists (“American Experience,” PBS) and American Masters (PBS), The Men Who Built America (History), Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Science Channel) and Vice (HBO).

The Outstanding Informational Series Or Special nominees are Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN), Brain Games (National Geographic Channel), Inside The Actors Studio (Bravo), Oprah’s Master Class (OWN) and Stand Up To Cancer (Tenth Planet).

Outstanding Writing For Non-fiction Programming nominees are Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (“Libya,” CNN), The Dust Bowl (“The Great Plow Up,” PBS), Ethel (HBO) and Mea Maxima Culpa: The Silence In The House of God (HBO) and The Men Who Built America (“A New War Begins,” History)

Outstanding Directing For Non-fiction Programming nominees are Robert Trachtenberg for American Masters (“Mel Brooks: Make A Noise,” PBS), Rory Kennedy for Ethel (HBO), Alex Gibney for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (HBO), Glenn Weiss for Survivor: Live Finale and Reunion (“Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites,” CBS) and Michael Simon for Survivor: Live Finale and Reunion (“Philippines,” CBS).

Outstanding Cinematography For Non-fiction Programming nominees are Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN), Ethel (HBO), Manhunt: The Inside Story of The Hunt For Bin Laden (HBO), Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God (HBO) and The Men Who Built America (History).

Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming nominees are The Amazing Race (“Be Safe And Don’t Hit A Cow,” CBS), Deadliest Catch (“Mutiny On The Bering Sea,” Discovery Channel), Project Runway (“A Times Square Anniversary Party,” Lifetime), and Survivor (“Create A Little Chaos,” CBS).

Outstanding Picture Editing For Non-fiction Programming nominees are American Masters (“Mel Brooks: Make A Noise,” PBS), Crossfire Hurricane (HBO), Ethel (HBO), Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (HBO), and Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic (Showtime).

Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming nominees are The Amazing Race (“Be Safe And Don’t Hit A Cow,” CBS), Deadliest Catch (“Mutiny On The Bering Sea,” Discovery Channel), Project Runway (“A Times Square Anniversary Party,” Lifetime), Project Runway (“Europe, Here We Come,” Lifetime) and Survivor (“Zipping Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” CBS).

Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Non-fiction Programs nominees are Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle.com), Jay Leno’s Garage (JayLenosGarage.com), The Office: The Farewells (NBC.com), Remembering 9/11 (History.com), 30 Rock: The Final Season (NBC.com) and Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen (BravoTV.com).

Outstanding Interactive Program nominees are Bravo’s Top Chef Interactive Experience (BravoTV.com), Game Of Thrones Season Three Enhanced Digital Experience (HBO.com), The Homeland SHO Sync Experience (SHO.com), Killing Lincoln (NatGeoTV.com), Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs (ComedyCentral.com), The Team Coco Sync Multi-Screen Experience (TeamCoco.com) and The Walking Dead Story Sync (AMCTV.com).

The nominations were announced in Los Angeles this morning (July 18) by Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris. Overall, cable channel HBO leads this year’s nominations with 108.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 22 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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