Netflix has done it after a long time coming, the streaming giant has finally won its first Emmy in the unstructured reality category with Cheer––a reality docuseries that follows the stories of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer team.
Cheer, launched during the start of the year in January, trumped fellow Netflix show in Kevin Hart, Don’t F**k This Up, VH1’s RuPaul’s Drage Race: Untucked, Food Network’s Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break and Pasta Night, and HBO’s We’re Here for the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category.
This win proves to be history as last year, Somebody Feed Phil became the streaming giant’s first Emmy nomination for the same category and after CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell won the Emmy for three years straight.
As a result, Greg Whiteley, who serves as the director, executive producer, and creator of the show, gave his “team of incredibly talented people” the recognition they deserved. Alongside Whiteley, Cheer was produced by One Potato Productions, Boardwalk Pictures, and Caviar.
“When we began filming over a year ago, in Corsicana, Texas, it would have not occurred to us that this was possible,” he said. “All of us owe a great debt of thanks to the good people of Navarro College, who opened up their lives and their Cheer program to us – we share this award with all of them.”
Unfortunately, one of the stars of the show in Jerry Harris was recently arrested for charges on child pornography. I don’t know if this is a bad look for the show, but it certainly looks like it from a lot of ends. As one of the students featured in the docuseries, he was accused of “enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself,” according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.