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“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Jane” among Primetime Emmy nominations

VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race (pictured) and National Geographic’s Jane are among the unscripted and non-fiction nominees for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Non-fiction and unscripted programs with the most nominations include ...
July 12, 2018

VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race (pictured) and National Geographic’s Jane are among the unscripted and non-fiction nominees for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Non-fiction and unscripted programs with the most nominations include RuPaul’s Drag Race and NBC’s The Voice with 10 each, Nat Geo’s Jane with seven, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown with six, and BBC America’s Blue Planet II with five.

Across categories, the platform/network with the most nominations for this year is Netflix with 112, followed by HBO with 108 and NBC with 78. This marks the first time in 18 years that HBO hasn’t emerged as the platform or network with the most nominations. Cable nets predominantly airing non-fiction racking up multiple nominations include Nat Geo with 17, and VH1 with 12.

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:
W. Kamau Bell (United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell, CNN)
Ellen Degeneres (Ellen’s Game Of Games, NBC)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway, Lifetime)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, NBC)

Competition Program:
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Structured Program:
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Fixer Upper (HGTV)
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Shark Tank (ABC)
Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)

Unstructured Program:
Born This Way (A&E)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
Intervention (A&E)
Naked and Afraid (Discovery Channel)
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking:
City of Ghosts (A&E)
Jane (National Geographic)
Strong Island (Netflix)
What Haunts Us (Starz)

Directing For Documentary/Non-fiction Program:
Icarus (Bryan Fogel, Netflix)
Jane (Brett Morgen, National Geographic)
The Vietnam War: “Episode 8: The History Of The World (April 1969-May 1970)” (Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, PBS)
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (Judd Apatow, HBO)
Wild Wild Country: “Part 3″ (Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Netflix)

Documentary or Non-fiction Series:
‘American Masters’ (PBS)
Blue Planet II (BBC America)
The Defiant Ones (HBO)
The Fourth Estate (Showtime)
Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

Documentary or Non-fiction Special:
Icarus (Netflix)
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring A Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton (Netflix)
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like (PBS)
Spielberg (HBO)
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO)

Informational Series or Special:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (A&E)
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (Netflix)
StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic)
Vice (HBO)

Writing For a Non-fiction Program:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: “Southern Italy” (Anthony Bourdain)
Icarus (Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe, Jon Bertain)
Jane (Brett Morgen)
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like (JoAnn Young)
The Defiant Ones: “Episode 1″ (Allen Hughes, Lasse J√§rvi, Doug Pray)
The Vietnam War: “Episode 8: The History Of The World (April 1969-May 1970)” (Geoffrey C. Ward)

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

The 70th Primetime Emmys, to be hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Colin Jost, will be broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater and will air on NBC on Monday, Sept. 17 from 8-11 p.m. ET and 5-8 p.m. PT.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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