The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) and NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of nonfiction entertainment content, announced the winners of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards tonight, live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Television’s brightest shined at the gala event, which will air on VH1 on Sunday, June 9, and was hosted by comedian Loni Love. Leah Remini received the first ever Impact Award, recognizing her work on her groundbreaking series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
“Queer Eye” led the winners, taking home four awards for Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series, Lifestyle Show: Fashion/Beauty, Male Star of The Year for Jonathan Van Ness, and Structured Series. “The Late Late Show with James Corden” also took home multiple awards, for both Late-Night Talk Show (a tie with “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”) and Show Host for James Corden. Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” won the Short Form Series category, sending the Brit home with three awards total. The Relationship Show category also resulted in a tie between “Dating Around” and “Married at First Sight.”
Netflix, which led the networks in nominations, also won the most awards, topping nine categories. CBS, CBS Television/Syndicated, Lifetime, NBC, and PBS each took home two.
Created to give the thriving, ever-evolving genre critical attention and support, the BTJA- and NPACT-developed awards show was adapted from, and replaced, the NPACT Impact Awards held last year.
Bob Bain and Joey Berlin served as Executive Producers. Ed Martin serves as President of the BTJA. John Ford is General Manager of NPACT, where Michelle Van Kempen is Head of Policy & Development. Tiny Horse was on board as Social Media Producer. The BFCA and BTJA are represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.