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Critics Choice Real TV Awards Winners Include ‘Cheer,’ ‘Queer Eye,’ as Netflix Wins Big

Critics Choice Real TV Awards Winners Include ‘Cheer,’ ‘Queer Eye,’ as Netflix Wins Big
The Critics Choice Association (Cca) and nonfiction producers’ organization Npact announced the winners for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, honoring the best in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming aired on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Netflix programming was the big winner this year, with the streamer taking home eight wins from its 31 nominations, including two wins each for “Cheer” and “Queer Eye,” with the former earning accolades for Unstructured Series and Male Star of the Year (Jerry Harris), while the latter scored for Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show and Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series.

Other notable winners include several Emmy hopefuls, including Hulu’s “Hillary” in Limited Documentary Series, ESPN’s “The Last Dance” in Sports Show, plus a win for streaming newbie Disney+ for “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” in Structured Series.

Executive producer and host of longtime CBS competition series “SurvivorJeff Probst was
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Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye,’ ‘Cheer’ Lead Critics Choice Real TV Awards 2020 Winners List

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Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye,’ ‘Cheer’ Lead Critics Choice Real TV Awards 2020 Winners List
Netflix dominated this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Awards, thanks in part to “Cheer” and “Queer Eye,” which led the winners list with two kudos each.

Cheer” was named best unstructured series, as well as male star of the year for Jerry Harris, while “Queer Eye” landed wins for lifestyle: fashion/beauty show and ensemble cast in a scripted series.

Overall, Netflix won eight awards, also picking up trophies for “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” (crime/justice series), “Somebody Feed Phil” (travel/adventure series), “Love Is Blind” (relationship show), as well as the peer-voted award for outstanding achievement in nonfiction programming by a network or streaming platform.

Other networks with multiple wins were ABC and Bravo, with two each. “Survivor” host and executive producer Jeff Probst was awarded this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award, “for his ongoing contributions to the unscripted television industry.”

The Critics Choice Association
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Critics Choice Real TV Awards Nominate ‘Cheer,’ ‘RuPaul,’ ‘Queer Eye,’ and More

Critics Choice Real TV Awards Nominate ‘Cheer,’ ‘RuPaul,’ ‘Queer Eye,’ and More
The Critics Choice Association (Cca) and nonfiction producers’ organization Npact announced the nominees for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, honoring the best in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming aired on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Leading the nominees were Netflix’s “Cheer” and VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” each of which received five nominations, followed by Netflix bedfellow “Queer Eye” with four nominations and Showtime’s “Couples Therapy” with three nominations.

Netflix dominated other outlets with 31 nominations overall, with its nearest competition coming in the form of ABC, Bravo, and VH1, which scored six nominations apiece.

“Our nominees for the 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards reflect the broad range of dynamic unscripted content available on all television platforms,” Cca TV Branch President Ed Martin said in a statement. “We are once again honored to bring much deserved attention to the best of reality TV — a genre that
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Critics Choice Real TV Awards Nominate ‘Cheer,’ ‘RuPaul,’ ‘Queer Eye,’ and More

Critics Choice Real TV Awards Nominate ‘Cheer,’ ‘RuPaul,’ ‘Queer Eye,’ and More
The Critics Choice Association (Cca) and nonfiction producers’ organization Npact announced the nominees for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, honoring the best in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming aired on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Leading the nominees were Netflix’s “Cheer” and VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” each of which received five nominations, followed by Netflix bedfellow “Queer Eye” with four nominations and Showtime’s “Couples Therapy” with three nominations.

Netflix dominated other outlets with 31 nominations overall, with its nearest competition coming in the form of ABC, Bravo, and VH1, which scored six nominations apiece.

“Our nominees for the 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards reflect the broad range of dynamic unscripted content available on all television platforms,” Cca TV Branch President Ed Martin said in a statement. “We are once again honored to bring much deserved attention to the best of reality TV — a genre that
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Cheer’ Lead 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards Nominations

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Cheer’ Lead 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards Nominations
Netflix’s “Cheer” and VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” both earned five nominations for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, while Netflix dominated the tally among all networks.

Administered jointly by the Critics Choice Association and the nonfiction producers organization Npact, the Critics Choice Real TV Awards has also named “Survivor” host and executive producer Jeff Probst as the recipient of its Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award.

Cheer’s” nominations were for categories including unstructured series, sports show, limited documentary series, male star of the year (Jerry Harris), and female star of the year (Monica Aldama). “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will compete in competition series, ensemble cast in an unscripted series, female star of the year (Michelle Visage), male star of the year (RuPaul Charles), and show host (also RuPaul Charles).

Netflix landed 31 nominations, far ahead of second-place networks ABC, Bravo and VH1 (tied at six each). Disney
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‘Cheer’ & ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Lead Nominations for Critics Choice Real TV Awards

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‘Cheer’ & ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Lead Nominations for Critics Choice Real TV Awards
Netflix’s Cheer and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race lead nominations with five apiece for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Organized by the Critics’ Choice Association and nonfiction producers’ body Npact, winners will be announced on June 29.

Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst will receive this year’s Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award, for his ongoing contributions to the unscripted industry.

Cheer, which follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for the biggest moment of their lives, is nominated for Unstructured Series, Sports Show, Limited Documentary Series, Male Star of the Year and Female Star of the Year. Emmy winner RuPaul’s Drag Race is vying for Competition Series, Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series, Female Star of The Year, Male Star of The Year and Show Host.

Queer Eye
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Critics Choice Real TV Nominations Snub ‘Tiger King,’ Celebrate ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ and ‘Cheer’

Critics Choice Real TV Nominations Snub ‘Tiger King,’ Celebrate ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ and ‘Cheer’
VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Netflix’s “Cheer” led all shows in nominations for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, the Critics Choice Organization and the nonfiction producers organization Npact announced on Monday.

But while 89 different shows were nominated, and nonfiction series nominees included “The Last Dance,” “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children,” “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” and “Hillary,” the year’s biggest nonfiction sensation, “Tiger King,” was not nominated for anything despite being eligible.

The awards, which were launched last year, honor nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming as chosen by television journalists in the Critics Choice Organization.

RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Cheer” each landed five nominations in the 25 categories. “Queer Eye” received four and “Couples Therapy” three, with almost two dozen other shows, ranging from “A Very Brady Renovation” to “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich,” receiving two.

Also Read: All the Awards Shows That Have Been Canceled,
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Directors make the most of the downtime in the Covid-19 crisis

Directors make the most of the downtime in the Covid-19  crisis
(L-r) Yvonne Strahovski, Cate Blanchett and Emma Freeman on the ‘Stateless’ set.

The suspension and postponement of numerous screen productions has disrupted directors as much as any industry cohort – but many continue to develop film and TV projects.

“I’m using my downtime to develop some feature projects, in particular The Circus written by Alice Bell, and writing my first feature screenplay,” says Emma Freeman, who co-directed Stateless and was working with Tony Ayres on Netflix’s Clickbait until production halted.

To be produced by Leanne Tonkes, The Circus follows a circus troupe that is stranded by a horrific roadside accident in the middle of drought-stricken farmlands. As the troupe becomes more desperate, their star trapeze artist falls in love with a farmer and must choose between the life she’s always known and the life that could be if she stayed.

“This is an epic love story,” says Freeman,
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Edgar Wright Shares 100 Favorite Comedy Films to Help You Get Through Tough Times

Edgar Wright Shares 100 Favorite Comedy Films to Help You Get Through Tough Times
Thank God for Edgar Wright. The “Shaun of the Dead” and “Baby Driver” director has teamed up with Letterboxd to publish a giant list of his 100 favorite comedy films. Wright stresses these 100 films are just a selection of some of the best comedies ever made and not his definitive list of the absolute best. Regardless, Wright has offered up an amazing list just when cinephiles need it most. The list is presented in chronological order, starting with Harold Lloyd’s 1923 silent comedy classic “Safety Last” and ending with Shinichiro Ueda’s zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead.” Wright did not include any of his own comedies on the list.

Any Wright fan won’t be too surprised to see Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton films dominate the early side of his list. Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” “The Circus,” and “City Lights” all appear in the first 10 selections, as do Keaton’s “Our Hospitality,
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Showtime Programming Strategy to ‘Evolve’ as RuPaul, Bet Brands Added to Mix

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Showtime Programming Strategy to ‘Evolve’ as RuPaul, Bet Brands Added to Mix
Changes are afoot for Showtime as the newly enlarged ViacomCBS scrutinizes its $13 billion in content spending across the company.

ViacomCBS on Thursday unveiled plans to rebrand the Showtime Showcase channel — one of a handful of secondary channels in the Showtime group — as Sho Bet to feature scripted series aimed at African-American audiences. That move reflects the joining of Viacom and CBS Corp., which was completed in May, and the fact that Showtime Networks chief David Nevins now also oversees Bet Networks.

Another sign of post-merger synergy came Thursday with the news that VH1 hit reality franchise “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” will produce a new season to air first on Showtime, following the June 5 conclusion of the latest season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1.

ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish told investors during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday that Showtime will remain a big player in premium
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Ride with Norman Reedus: Season Four; AMC Reveals Guests, Artwork (Video)

Ride with Norman Reedus: Season Four; AMC Reveals Guests, Artwork (Video)
Ride with Norman Reedus is getting ready for a brand new season, and AMC has just revealed who will join Reedus on a bike ride during season four. One of the celebrity guests will be a reunion from The Walking Dead.

revealed the following about the new season in a press release:

Ride with Norman Reedus follows The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus on epic road trips around the world. Each episode features Reedus and a riding companion - a fellow actor, musician or friend, exploring local culture and seeking adventure on the road. This season’s guests include Michael Rooker, Ryan Hurst, Milo Ventimiglia, Dom Rocket, Becky Goebel and Clifton Collins Jr. Ride with Norman Reedus is produced by Left/Right with Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Anneka Jones
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AMC Has Revealed The Key Art And Teaser For Upcoming Season Of ‘Ride With Norman Reedus’

AMC Has Revealed The Key Art And Teaser For Upcoming Season Of ‘Ride With Norman Reedus’
AMC released today the official key art and a new teaser for Ride with Norman Reedus season four, premiering Sunday, March 8 at midnight Et/Pt. Ride with Norman Reedus follows The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus on epic road trips around the world. Each episode features Reedus and a riding companion – a fellow actor, musician or friend, exploring local culture and seeking adventure on the road. This season’s guests include Michael Rooker, Ryan Hurst, Milo Ventimiglia, Dom Rocket, Becky Goebel and Clifton Collins Jr. Ride with Norman Reedus is produced by Left/Right with Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Anneka Jones serving as Executive Producers along with Reedus.
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How Showtime Plans to Cut Through the Noise This Election Cycle

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How Showtime Plans to Cut Through the Noise This Election Cycle
Though the network will not air live coverage during the election cycle, Showtime still very much so intends to have its finger on the political pulse, doubling its dose of “The Circus” during this presidential election year.

“Between ‘The Circus,’ ‘Our Cartoon President,’ and ‘Desus & Mero,’ we feel like we’ll have a very steady stream of either real coverage or satirical coverage,” Showtime entertainment co-head Jana Winograde told Variety on Monday. “One of the things we love about all of those shows are they give us an always-on presence. They’re very well-timed for the political cycle this year to make sure that we’re on when the stories are on that need to be told. And in between we have ‘Vice.’

“The Circus” will debut this season on Jan. 26, a week before the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3, and will cluster episodes around primaries, conventions and elections.

“[Hosts John HeilemannJohn
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‘The Circus’ Hosts Rip Donald Trump’s “Racist Political Campaign”; Warn Of “Dangerous Times” In 2020 Race – TCA

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‘The Circus’ Hosts Rip Donald Trump’s “Racist Political Campaign”; Warn Of “Dangerous Times” In 2020 Race – TCA
“As tense, angry and emotionally raw as 2016 was, this campaign is going to be more,” The CircusJohn Heilemann warned the TCA today. “I think this is a very dangerous time,” the Game Change co-author added of today’s deeply divided America.

“The President is going to run a racist political campaign,” Heilemann bluntly declared as co-hosts Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner joined the Recount founder on-stage Friday at the Beverly Hilton.

“We’ve never seen anything like that,” the veteran political journalist stated in a week that has seen Democrats debate the ex-Celebrity Apprentice’s constant call to America’s worst nature and Will Hurd, the only African-American Gop member of the House of Representatives disclosing that he is not running for re-election.

“People who sounded alarmist in the past, don’t sound alarmist any more,” Wu-Tang Clan t-shirt wearing Heilemann concluded in what was an analysis heavy panel.
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TV Roundup: ‘Daily Show’ to Air Live Episode for Midterm Elections

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TV Roundup: ‘Daily Show’ to Air Live Episode for Midterm Elections
In today’s TV Roundup, Showtime’s “The Circus” interviews Senator Patrick Leahy on the upcoming Scotus vote, and “The Daily Show” plans to go live to cover the midterm elections.

First Looks

Showtime’s “The Circus” conducted an interview with Senator Patrick Leahy about the upcoming Scotus vote, and his thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh. “The Circus” is currently streaming on the Showtime app, and will also air on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, and on Sept. 25 at 12:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Et.

Dates

The entire second season of the CBS All Access’ original comedy series “No Activity” will be available to stream starting Nov. 22. This will mark the first time the streaming service has made an entire season of one of its original shows available all at once.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will broadcast a live midterm election night episode, “Democalypse 2018: Let’s Try This Again,
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The Circus: Political Series Returning to Showtime Ahead of Midterm Elections

The Circus: Political Series Returning to Showtime Ahead of Midterm Elections
The Circus is back in action. Deadline reports the Showtime TV show will return in time for the upcoming midterm elections.

Currently in the middle of its third season, the series features political commentary from John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner. The fall season will "chronicle the midterm elections campaigns, and, Showtime says, cover the impact of the Trump administration’s policies “as well as the legal and political controversies swirling around the White House.”

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Russell Crowe To Star As Roger Ailes In Limited Series Greenlighted By Showtime

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Russell Crowe To Star As Roger Ailes In Limited Series Greenlighted By Showtime
Showtime has given an eight-episode order to a limited series about Roger Ailes, with Oscar winner Russell Crowe set to star as the controversial Fox News founder in his Us television debut.

The as-yet untitled series (fka Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes), a Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room and his extensive reporting for New York magazine about the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the late Ailes’ ouster at Fox News. Sherman co-wrote the initial episode with Spotlight writer Tom McCarthy, who will executive produce with Jason Blum.

Showtime landed the Roger Ailes limited series for development in April 2017, a month before Ailes’ death.

“In many ways, the collision between the media and politics has come to define the world we live in today,” said David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks.
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Mark Halperin Out at Showtime as Future of The Circus Remains in Limbo

Mark Halperin Out at Showtime as Future of The Circus Remains in Limbo
Showtime is getting out of the Mark Halperin business — though it’s not quite ready to forgo the entire Circus.

The cable network has confirmed that Halperin, who earlier this week was accused by five women of sexual harassment, will not be invited back for a hypothetical third season of political docuseries The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.

“Should The Circus move forward with another season, Mark Halperin will not be a part of it,” a Showtime spokesperson said in a statement made to our sister site Deadline.

RelatedMark Halperin Suspended by NBC News Following Harassment
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‘The Circus’ Creator’s Advice for Beleaguered White House Press Corps: ‘Continue Showing Up’

‘The Circus’ Creator’s Advice for Beleaguered White House Press Corps: ‘Continue Showing Up’
Take it from Mark Halperin, he knows a circus when he sees one. The creator of Showtime’s hit docu-series “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth,” said reporters should continue to attend White House press briefings, even if they increasingly feel like a high-wire act. “I think the North Star in all these decisions for individual journalists or the press corps as a whole is, what is the public interest?” Halperin told TheWrap. “In general, conducting ourselves in a dignified way and demanding answers and accountability is the right thing to do, and generally that means showing up.
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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
Last Year’s Winner: “Making a Murderer

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: “American Masters” has been nominated 10 years in a row and won five times.

Fun Fact: Outside of “American Masters,” only one other program has been nominated more than once: “American Experience.”

It’s been 11 years since the TV Academy honored “Planet Earth” with its top nonfiction honor (plus three more awards), but we doubt they’ve cooled on the gorgeous, addictive BBC series. So we’re expected the sequel, “Planet Earth II,” to do well come nomination day. But it’s not the only contender with big ambitions at the Emmys. “American Masters” is the most dominant series in the history of this category, and Netflix has a number of offerings that could make a run.

“The Keepers” is the would-be successor to “Making a Murderer,” which won last year. The docu-series has been building comparatively moderate buzz,
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