Emmy Predictions: Unstructured Reality Program – Will ‘Below Deck’ Become the New Captain of the Emmys?

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UPDATED: August 19, 2022



After the main series “Below Deck” snuck into the lineup last year, the Bravo spin-off found its way into the fold after seven seasons. This season follows Captain Sandy Yawn and her entertaining crew on the superyacht. Is there room for it to make a big splash in the category? Voters have been known to surprise us from time to time. 

These types of noms bring pure joy to the awards season, showcased by the mention of Netflix’s reality love series, “Love on the Spectrum U.S.” Following people on the autism spectrum as they explore the dating world, the charms and hearts of Ronan, Kassandra, Teo and fan-favorite Michael, is the type of programming and diversity inclusion the TV Academy should be rewarding.

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The spin-off of VH1’s multiple Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is coming off its first win last year and is tied for the third most noms ever in this category. But, with momentum for the main competition show and the added visibility on Paramount+, will the expanded “werk room” created in accordance with COVID-19 protocols be too much of a call back to the past two years that many would like to forget?

The home-field advantage revolves around the Oppenheim Group, the high-end real estate firm in Los Angeles, which landed its second nom consecutively over its five seasons. Following twin brothers, Brett and Jason, and their band of brokers, can the West Hollywood and Newport Beach agents get a massive commission with its first Emmy win? Perhaps the MTV Award for Chrishell Stause and docu-reality show is an indicator.

The second season of the cheerleading series following the nationally ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team has been embraced again. Impressive because it managed to get the nom with the added distraction of Season 1 star Jerry Harris being sentenced to 12 years in prison. Winning in 2020, could coach Monica Aldama bring the “W” again? Only three shows have won this category more than once, but it’s possible.

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

2021 category winner: “RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked” (VH1)


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Key Facts & Producers


“Love on the Spectrum U.S.”


Season 1

Cian O’Clery and Karina Holden, executive producers; Stephanie Haber, supervising producer


“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked”


Season 13

RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kenneth Leslie, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe, Edward Paige and Tim Palazzola, executive producers; Thairin Smothers, co-executive producer; Jeremy McGovern and Jen Passovoy, supervising producers


Below Deck Mediterranean


Season 7

Courtland Cox, Nadine Rajabi, Mark Cronin, Christian Sarabia, Wes Denton and Brittany Nabors, executive producers; Shane Maroufkhani, co-executive producer; Ryan Braun, supervising producer




Season 2

Greg Whiteley, Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard, executive producers; Adam Leibowitz, supervising producer; Mark Cummins, supervising story producer; Chelsea Yarnell, producer


“Selling Sunset


Season 5

Adam DiVello, Kristofer Lindquist and Sundee Manusakis, executive producers; Suzy Ratner and Skyler Wakil, co-executive producers; Megan Roger and Erin Gaughan, supervising producers

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.

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