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UPDATED: June 23, 2022



Netflix won its ninth (overall) statuette for its flagship reality program “Queer Eye” in 2021, which landed six noms across the board. The Fab 5, also contending for reality host, continue to attract voters and could walk away with the prize once again for the sixth season.

With four wins in this category, it’s currently tied with ABC’s “Shark Tank” as the most awarded ever. One of the two could break the all-time winning record this year.

The ABC series has dominated for the past 12 years, with 10 total nominations in this category, with the iconic panel of “judges.” Remaining relevant in our current climate of small business expansion, it could be among the favorites once again. However, it hasn’t won since 2017.

There are 36 shows vying for attention, which will allow five nominees to be named.

With 19 previous noms, PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” has owned this corner of the Emmys for some time, and is currently the most nominated series in the category’s history. What’s impressive is it’s managed to do it without loud and splashy awards campaigning. Instead, executive producer Marsha Bemko, senior producer Sam Farrell and producer Sarah Elliott know how to reach the key voters.

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Love Is Blind. Deepti Vempati in season 2 of Love Is Blind Cr. Adrian S. Burrows Sr./Netflix © 2022 ADRIAN S. BURROWS SR./NETFLIX

Coming back for its second season, even though it didn’t quite hit all the magical notes of the first, Kinetic Content’s dating experiment “Love is Blind” still did gangbusters on Netflix’s platform and could be one of its many reality programs that gets love.

Food Network could have a possible entry with “Restaurant: Impossible” while HGTV’s “Married to Real Estate” and Magnolia Network’s “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” continues to garner support.

Also watch out for HBO’s “My Mom, Your Dad” or TLC’s “Dr. Pimple Popper” that could break into the fray. Both seem right on the bubble for recognition.

Read moreVariety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub.

The nomination round of voting runs from June 16 to June 27. The official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 12.

The complete television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: “Queer Eye” (Netflix)


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“Dr. Pimple Popper” remedies skin ailments. Courtesy of Discovery Communications
1 “Queer Eye” Netflix
2 “Shark Tank” ABC
3 “Antiques Roadshow” PBS
4 “Love is Blind” Netflix
5 “My Mom, Your Dad” HBO
6 “Married to Real Estate” HGTV
7 “Dr. Pimple Popper” TLC
8 “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” Magnolia Network
9 “Restaurant: Impossible” Food Network
10 “Impractical Jokers” truTV
“All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” To be added
“Beachfront Bargain Hunt” To be added
“Best of the Worst” To be added
“Botched” E!
“Celebrity IOU” To be added
“Cesar Milan: Better Human Better Dog” To be added
“Dirty Jobs” Discovery Channel
“Filth Fighter” To be added
“Fix My Flip” To be added
“Flip or Flop” HGTV
“Ghost Adventures” Discovery+
“Home Sweet Home” Peacock
“Home Town Kickstart” To be added
“Home Town: Ben’s Workshop” To be added
“Houses with History” To be added
“Lil Jon Wants to Do What?” To be added
“Love in the Jungle” To be added
“RuPaul’s Drag Race The Pit Stop with Monét X Change” VH1
“Snapped” To be added
“Temptation Island” To be added
“The Challenge: Aftermath with Devyn Simone” Paramount+
“The Fixers” To be added
“The Ultimatum: Marry Or Move On” Netflix
“Tough Love with Hilary Farr” To be added
“VH1’s Out of the Closet” VH1
“We Need to Talk About America” To be added

2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

2022 Creative Arts Emmys Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, are given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards have recognized excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes - Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements), and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.