“Ninja Warrior,” “Cartel Land” up for Primetime Emmys

NBC's American Ninja Warrior (pictured, left) and Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land (right) are among the unscripted and non-fiction nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.
July 14, 2016

Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land (pictured, right), The Amazing Race and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown are among the unscripted and non-fiction nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Multiple nominations were handed out to Dancing With the Stars, which took home eight nominations; The Voice and Making A Murderertaking six nominations each; Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and Cartel Land, both of which pulled in five nominations; Deadliest Catch, which accumulated four nominations; The Amazing RaceBorn This Way and Project Runway, which walked away with three nominations; and RuPaul’s Drag RaceAmerican Idol and Survivor, grabbing two each.

American Ninja Warrior (pictured, left) picked up its first-ever nomination.

The awards will be presented at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre on September 18.

Emmy nominations for unscripted and non-fiction categories are listed below, with credits supplied by the Television Academy:

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Competition Program:
American Ninja Warrior, NBC
Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
The Amazing Race, CBS
The Voice, NBC
Top Chef, Bravo

Structured Program:
Antiques Roadshow, PBS
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Food Network
Lip Sync Battle, Spike TV
MythBusters, Discovery Channel
Shark Tank, ABC
Undercover Boss, CBS

Unstructured Program:
Born This Way, A&E
Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel
Gaycation with Ellen Page, Viceland
Intervention, A&E
Project Greenlight, HBO
United Shades of America, CNN

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking:
Cartel Land, A&E
Jim: The James Foley Story, HBO
Racing Extinction, Discovery Channel
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, PBS ‘Independent Lens’
The Hunting Ground, CNN
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Netflix

Directing For Non-fiction Programming:
Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman, A&E
Chef’s Table, David Gelb, “Gaggan Anand,” Netflix
He Named Me Malala, Davis Guggenheim, National Geographic Channel
Making A Murderer,  Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, “Fighting for Their Lives,” Netflix
What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus, Netflix

Documentary or Non-fiction Series:
Mike Nichols: American Masters, PBS
Chef’s Table, Netflix
Making A Murderer, Netflix
The Seventies, CNN
Woman with Gloria Steinem, Viceland

Documentary or Non-fiction Special:
Becoming Mike Nichols, HBO
Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted, HBO
Listen to Me Marlon, Showtime
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, HBO
What Happened, Miss Simone
, Netflix

Informational Series or Special:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN
Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo
Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, National Geographic Channel
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, National Geographic Channel
Vice, HBO

Writing For Non-fiction Programming:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, “Borneo,” CNN
Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted, HBO
Jackie Robinson, PBS
Making A Murderer, “Eighteen Years Lost,” Netflix
Walt Disney, PBS ‘American Experience’

For a full list of this year’s nominees, click here.

In addition, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place over two nights on September 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater.

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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.