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“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Top Chef” big winners at 2022 Critics Choice Real TV Awards

RuPaul’s Drag Race and Top Chef led the way among the winners of this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Awards. The fourth annual iteration of the event, recognizing excellence in non-fiction, unscripted and ...
June 13, 2022

RuPaul’s Drag Race and Top Chef led the way among the winners of this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

The fourth annual iteration of the event, recognizing excellence in non-fiction, unscripted and reality programming, was held at an in-person ceremony and gala on Sunday (June 12), hosted by the Sklar Brothers in Los Angeles. RuPaul’s Drag Race and Top Chef (pictured) won three awards each, the most of the night. The two series shared a victory, tying in the best competition series category, while Drag Race also picked up best unstructured series and best ensemble cast in an unscripted series, and Top Chef won best culinary show and best host for Padme Lakshmi.

With Top Chef‘s wins, Bravo picked up the most awards of any network that evening with five. The U.S. cable TV network was also awarded in the best lifestyle: home/garden category with Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles‘ win, and best lifestyle: fashion/beauty with Project Runway‘s victory.

In the award show’s fan-voted categories, Robert Irvine from Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible won male star of the year, while Selena Gomez of HBO Max’s Selena + Chef was named female star of the year.

HBO picked up a pair of other awards along with Gomez’s fan-voted victory. How To With John Wilson was named best structured series, while HBO Max won outstanding achievement in non-fiction programming by a network or streaming platform.

Netflix’s non-fiction content racked up a trio of victories at the Real TV Awards as well. The streaming platform saw Somebody Feed Phil win best travel/adventure show, Cheer take best sports show honors and Love Is Blind win best relationship show.

The Real TV Awards also honored the late Bob Saget with this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award, which recognizes individual career excellence and positive impact on the non-fiction content world. John Stamos presented the award to Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo. The Full House star and stand-up comedian was known in the non-fiction world for his work on America’s Funniest Home Videos and A&E’s Strange Days with Bob Saget.

Other major award winners included Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Prime Video) for best competition series: talent/variety, Jeopardy! (syndicated) for best game show, Shark Tank (ABC) for best business show, Critter Fixers: Country Vets (National Geographic) for best animal/nature show, Secrets of Playboy (A&E) for best crime/justice show, We Need To Talk About Cosby (Showtime) for best limited series and The Intellectual Property Corporation, for outstanding achievement in non-fiction production.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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