The Washington Post, "Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death" (Washington Post)
"Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado" (Netflix)
Frontline, "Inside Italy’s COVID War" (PBS)
Washington Post 3
"Living in the Unknown" (AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera Digital)
Outstanding Short Documentary
CNN was next with 41 nods, including five each for "AC360," CNN Films and "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." CNN Films docs earning nominations included three for "John Lewis: Good Trouble." The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced this year's nominees on Tuesday morning, noting that more than 2,200 submissions were entered, from content that premiered in calendar year 2020.
"The Way I See It" (MSNBC)
VOD 4
"Jade Eyed Leopard" (Nat Geo Wild)
HBO Documentary Films, "Stockton on My Mind" (HBO)
ET and documentary categories on Tuesday, September 29 at 8 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced via two ceremonies: News categories on Monday, September 28, at 8 p.m. More than 800 peer professionals from across the television and streaming/digital media news and documentary industry judged this year's entries. The ceremonies will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.
ABC News, "Your Voice Your Vote 2020: The Democratic Debate" (ABC)
POV, "Advocate" (PBS)
"Noticiero Telemundo" (Telemundo)
"Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History" (PBS)
“In the unprecedented year of 2020, where a global health crisis had challenged our safety and survival and a presidential election shook the very bedrock of our democracy, these news and documentary professionals delivered the crucial, clear and factual reporting that gave us the tools and knowledge necessary to make the informed decisions that affected our everyday lives and indeed, our futures,” said NATAS president/CEO Adam Sharp.
Univision Noticias Digital, "Essential but Deportable: Undocumented Immigrants in the Trump Era" (Univision)
Outstanding Investigative Documentary
"Noticias Telemundo 11:35" (Telemundo)
HBO Documentary Films, "Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Election" (HBO)
Outstanding Nature Documentary
New York Times 19
"In Event of Moon Disaster" (VOD/moondisaster.com)
"Born To Be" (VOD)
NBC 5
MSNBC 8
Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish
Telemundo 6
Here are some of the key categories and nominations:
Frontline, "Return From ISIS" (PBS)
Nova, "Nature's Fear Factor" (PBS)
Nat Geo Wild 2
Best Documentary
Outstanding Direction: News
Univision 15
CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell, "On the Road: Steve Hartman" (CBS)
"The Trade" (Showtime)
POV Shorts, "The Love Bugs" (PBS)
Marshall Project and Topic 2
Coward. HBO Documentary Films, "Bully. The Story of Roy Cohn" (HBO) Victim.
FX 3
60 Minutes, "Putin's Public Enemy" (CBS)
AC360, "Coronavirus: Facts and Fears Town Hall" (CNN)
ABC 22
CNN Films, "John Lewis: Good Trouble" (CNN)
Voces, "Building the American Dream" (PBS)
Op-Docs, "Dying in Your Mother's Arms" (New York Times)
Independent Lens, "Belly of the Beast" (PBS)
Retro Report and Vice TV 2
Frontline, "Once Upon A Time In Iraq" (PBS)
Independent Lens, "Rewind" (PBS)
60 Minutes, "Exhume the Truth" (CBS)
Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller, "Scams" (National Geographic)
"Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" (PBS)
Frontline in partnership with The Marshall Project, World Channel, "Tutwiler" (PBS)
The Weekly, "The Sicario" (FX)
Fronline, "Once Upon A Time In Iraq" (PBS)
Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary
RT Creative Lab, "Lessons of Auschwitz VR project" (RT)
Best documentary nominations included three for PBS: Frontline's "Once Upon A Time In Iraq," Independent Lens' "Belly of the Beast" and POV's "Advocate." They're up against Netflix's "Athlete A," Showtime's "The Trade" and the video on demand entry "Born To Be." This year's outstanding newscast noms went to "ABC World News Tonight with David Muir," "NBC Nightly News," ABC's "Nightline," MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "Vice News Tonight."
"Nightline" (ABC)
National Geographic 7
"Father Soldier Son" (Netflix)
HBO 13
Showtime 7
"VICE News Tonight" (Vice)
CBS 30
Op-Docs, "Hysterical Girl" (New York Times)
Nova, "Human Nature" (PBS)
Election Week in America, Director: Reza Baktar (CNN)
Independent Lens, "Belly of the Beast" (PBS)
"Aquí y Ahora" (Univision)
For a full list of nominees, go here.
Outstanding Interactive Media: Documentary
POV, "Softie" (PBS)
Wall Street Journal 2
Outstanding News Special
"The Trade" (Showtime)
CNN Films, "Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer" (CNN)
Secrets of the Solar System, "Mars" (CuriosityStream)
CBS News Special, "Bravery and Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line" (CBS)
"NBC Nightly News" (NBC)
Nature, "Cuba's Wild Revolution" (PBS)
"Epic Animal Migrations: Mexico" (Smithsonian Channel)
Fareed Zakaria Special, "China's Deadly Secret" (CNN)
"Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything" (Netflix)
"Athlete A" (Netflix)
"The Trade" (Showtime)
"31 Days in March: The Month Coronavirus Unraveled American Business" (Wall Street Journal)
"With Drawn Arms" (Starz)
HBO Documentary Films, "Agents of Chaos" (HBO)
HBO Documentary Films, "The Art of Political Murder" (HBO)
Outstanding Interactive Media: Current News
CBS News, Director: Renee Cullen (CBS)
"Noticias Telemundo Emergencia Coronavirus Ultima Hora Noticiero" (Telemundo)
Nightline, "Facing Racism" (ABC)
Netflix 13
Outstanding Writing: Documentary
20/20, "Juneteenth" (ABC)
Discovery Channel 2
Outstanding Writing: News
The Marshall Project, Sharp As Knives and Topic, "The Zo" (The Marshall Project and Topic)
"The Story of Plastic" (Discovery Channel)
"Athlete A" (Netflix)
Outstanding Direction: Documentary
"Church and the Fourth Estate" (Field of Vision)
"This Ain't Normal" (VOD)
"Noticiero Univision" (Univision)
Nature, "Cuba's Wild Revolution" (PBS)
Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary
"Inside The Fight to Save Houston’s Most Vulnerable" (New York Times)
"Hidden Kingdoms of China" (National Geographic)
"The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show" (Peacock)
Frontline, "Inside Italy’s COVID War" (PBS)
Outstanding Social Issue Documentary
PBS led all networks in nominations for the 42nd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, landing 52 overall — thanks to the strength of signature series "Frontline," "Independent Lens," "POV," "Nova," "PBS News Hour" and "Nature."
Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary
Frontline in partnership with Financial Times, "Opioids, Inc." (PBS)
60 Minutes, "Life & Death" (CBS)
POV, "The Rescue List"
CNN Films, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" (CNN)
Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary
"The Surgeon's Cut" (Netflix)
CNN Digital, "How American Police Gear up to Respond to Protests" (CNN)
POV, "Advocate" (PBS)
"The Trade" (Showtime)
Frontline, "Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos" (PBS)
POV, "Our Time Machine" (PBS)
Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary
"Challenger: The Final Flight" (Netflix)
CNN Special Report, "Witness to the Pandemic" (CNN)
Oculus TV 2
Frontline, "Policing the Police 2020" (PBS)
CNN 41
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"The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC)
When combined with various partnerships, "Frontline" landed the most nominations overall, with 19. Next in line, with 16 each, were CBS' "60 Minutes" and Vice's "Vice News Tonight."
Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary
Today, Director: Jim Gaines (NBC)
Nominees By Outlet
Vox 2
"Jane Goodall: The Hope" (National Geographic)
CNN en Español 3
Outstanding Historical Documentary
Independent Lens, "Belly of the Beast" (PBS)
"Kingdom of Silence" (Showtime)
Outstanding Newscast
"The Last Ice" (National Geographic)
"Pandemic" (Netflix)
Independent Lens, "Rewind" (PBS)
"Visual Investigations: Police Misconduct & Racial Injustice in 2020" (New York Times)
"The Perfect Weapon" (HBO)
"ABC World News Tonight with David Muir" (ABC)
PBS 52
"Born To Be" (VOD)
The New Yorker Documentary, "When Humanitarian Aid Is Considered a Crime" (New Yorker/Conde Nast Entertainment)
Frontline in partnership with Financial Times, "Opioids, Inc." (PBS)
Vice 20
Frontline, "United States of Conspiracy" (PBS)
Retro Report, "Enemies of the People: Trump and the Political Press" (Retro Report and Vice TV)
"The Last Ice" (National Geographic)
"Micro Monsters with David Attenborough" (Oculus TV)
"Not Done: Women Remaking America" (PBS)
"Finding Yingying" (Pluto TV)
Smithsonian Channel 2
20/20, "In the Cold Dark Night" (ABC)

In 2002, the Children's Television Workshop threatened to take legal action against Peter Spears, the director of "Ernest and Bertram," a parody documentary about two male puppets who become heated lovers. This isn't the first time Sesame Workshop has had to refute claims that the famous PBS characters were gay. Even earlier, rumors swirled that the two puppets were more than just friends, with TV Guide receiving dozens of letters in 2003 attacking "Sesame Street" for condoning a homosexual relationship.
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Like all the Muppets created for Sesame Street, they were designed to help educate preschoolers. The Children's Television Workshop had to issue a press release similar to the recent statement back then: "Bert and Ernie, who've been on Sesame Street for 25 years, do not portray a gay couple, and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. Bert and Ernie are characters who help demonstrate to children that despite their differences, they can be good friends." They are puppets, not humans.
Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends," said the nonprofit education organization behind the PBS series. "They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
For now, the duo will remain just pals, but that won't stop fans from continuing to ship the two sweater-wearing icons.
This comes after ex-"Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman said in an interview Sunday that he wrote the relationship between Bert and Ernie based off his own with his partner, the late editor Arnold Glassman.
After a former "Sesame Street" writer said the characters Bert and Ernie were a couple, Sesame Workshop issued a statement on Twitter denying the claim.
How could it not permeate? "That’s what I had in my life, a Bert and Ernie relationship. The things that would tick off Arnie would be the things that would tick off Bert." "I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple," Saltzman told Queerty.

TCA, and television in general, can be unpredictable. But sometimes, it's nice to just take a step back, take a look at the world around, and find something new to learn outside which movie star is moving to the "small screen" or which dating app is making a play for original content. And at that game, there's still no beating PBS.” />
The Television Critics Association press tour is much like one of its omnipresent candy buffets: seemingly endless, and packed with so many different treats that just looking at it inspires a sugar rush/crash. As networks try to stand out and make their upcoming schedule seem the most attractive (especially in the ever-swollen age of Peak TV), they pull out all the stops and stars to make sure that the journalists in attendance will remember them come premiere time.
In a press tour full of candy, PBS provided a welcome dose of vegetables — sometimes even literally, in the case of the "Native America" panel, at which a question about corn prompted a lovely answer about care and heritage from indigenous farmer Angela Ferguson.
And in the middle of a tour that otherwise puts a heavy emphasis on the new, the panel for "Betty White: First Lady of Television" gave a wonderful window into the history of television that will prove a tour highlight even without White herself there. In 45-minute spurts, we learned about everything from violinist Itzhak Perlman's journey (for the upcoming documentary "Itzhak"), to what it takes to be in a traveling circus ("Circus"), to the insidious and pervasive reach of shady campaign financing ("Dark Money"), to the Indian roots of rock and roll that few in the room knew anything about ("Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World"). We got to see Ann Curry effuse with passion and thoughtfulness about the responsibility of telling stories for "We'll Meet Again," a docuseries aiming to reunite people with long-lost friends, partners, and family members.
Befitting the public broadcasting network, many panels were for nonfiction programming across an astonishing range of topics. Sure, PBS offers fewer flashy stars and urgent breaking news. But every panel it presented over two days at this year's summer tour was on brand, informative, and incisive.
One network, however, makes itself stand out in all the best ways by doing exactly none of that.
But the conversation never once veered into their current or future projects, because everyone was too busy marveling at the very real facts of what they had discovered on the show, and the huge impact it had on their lives. To promote the upcoming fifth season, the panel featured participants Curry, Tig Notaro, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Joe Madison. In fact, PBS' most "star-studded" panel by typical TCA standards — OK, besides for the "Super Cats" panel featuring a live African serval cat named Tag(!) — was probably the one for "Finding Your Roots," the tearjerking series that reveals celebrities' surprising ancestries. In particular, it's hard to imagine many moments on any press tour that could possibly beat Merkerson talking about how incredible it feels to know she doesn't "come from nameless people," or Madison's voice cracking as he talks about the devastation of discovering his ancestor was a "discarded" part of the horrific Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment ("how do you discard a human being?").