CNN Earns a Record 17 Prime-Time Emmy Nominations

By A.J. Katz Comment

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominees for the 71st Primetime Emmys, and CNN snagged a network-record 17 of them.

CNN Films received the most nominations for the network with nine—four for RBG, three for Three Identical Strangers and two for Love, Gilda. CNN Original Series earned eight Emmy nominations—six for Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (including for Outstanding Informational Series or Special) and two for United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (including for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program).

Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations and United Shades also earned two the previous year.

Parts Unknown is CNN’s most-honored original series. In fact, the Bourdain-hosted program snagged CNN its first-ever Primetime Emmy win back in 2013.

Bourdain took his own life last June at the age of 61 while filming the 11th season in France.

According to Adweek’s Kelsey Sutton, CNN’s sibling network HBO leads the way with 137 Primetime Emmy nominations in 2019, lifted by the final season of Game of Thrones.

The award winners will be announced at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation on September 14th and 15th at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here are the nominations for CNN:

Outstanding Informational Series or Special
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell 

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – “Bhutan”

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – “Kenya”

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – “Lower East Side”
RBG
Three Identical Strangers 

Outstanding Picture Editing for An Unstructured Reality Program
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell – “Hmong Americans and the Secret War”

Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – “Far West Texas”

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – “Kenya”

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Three Identical Strangers
RBG

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program
RBG
Three Identical Strangers

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special  
Love, Gilda

Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special 
RBG
Love, Gilda

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