‘Cheer,’ Plagued by Controversy, Wins Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program

‘Cheer,’ Plagued by Controversy, Wins Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Netflix’s smash docuseries “Cheer,” centered on the members of an American cheerleading team in competition, has won the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program. Honors were handed out virtually on Saturday night. Voting for TV Academy members had closed before series subject Jerry Harris was arrested by the FBI and charged in federal court in Chicago for production of child pornography on September 17.

In the lead-up to Saturday night’s win, “Cheer” had already nabbed Emmys for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program in the Creative Arts prizes unveiled throughout the week. The series also contended for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera), and Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program.

The charges against Harris, a member of the cheer team coached by Monica Aldama,
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