Naked And Afraid this morning became the first nude reality series to receive a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. In Discovery’s survival series, a new pair of strangers each episode are stranded for 21 days in some of the world’s harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools…and no clothing, which is the ultimate shelter. Their extreme survival skills are put to the test, and their body parts pixilated.
The nom puts Discovery Channel at the head of the pack in this derby with three contenders, also including Alaska: The Last Frontier, and perennial nominee Deadliest Catch, which marks the fourth time it has been nominated in the Reality Program category. Filling out the nominee list: A&E’s Intervention, and that network’s Wahlburgers, as well as Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing.
This year’s nom is not Naked’s first: last year it received a nom for Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming, but did not win. Speaking of editing, Naked And Afraid has a team of six special-effects artists, who go through each episode, frame by frame, to create the proper amount of pixilation, and they have been quoted as acknowledging the guys on the show do request larger blurs.
“It fit on Discovery, because we’ve been doing survival shows for years,” a Discovery exec told reporters recently. And now, it fits in the Emmy competition for best of its genre.