The Apple TV + shows “The Oprah Interviews” and “1971: The Year Music Changed Everything” have just won awards at the awards. Critics Choice Real TV. The Critics Choice Real TV Awards recognize excellence in reality, nonfiction, and unscripted programming broadcast in the United States. For 2021, the third annual award has selected two Apple TV + shows as winners in their categories.
The Oprah show was tied for first place with “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives »from Food Network in the category of Best Structured Series. Others in the category were “A World of Calm” on HBO Max, “History of Bad Words” and “Queer Eye” on Netflix. The spectacular Oprah Winfrey was also nominated for Best Program Host, but lost to John Oliver for “Last Week Tonight.”
1971: the year music changed everything was the only winner in the category of Best Limited Documentary Series. It won against HBO’s “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” and “Murder on Middle Beach,” Netflix’s “Modify: The Fight for America,” and Disney +’s “Secrets of the Whales.”
Apple TV + was also honored to have another show nominated at the awards, with “Dear” in the ongoing race for Best Documentary Series. The category was won by PBS’s “Frontline.” The Critics Choice Real TV Awards aren’t the only honor given to Apple TV + shows. “Ted Lasso” won a Peabody Award for his “radical optimism.”
Very good news for Apple and especially for its TV division. More awards mean greater achievements and knowing that what you are doing you are doing well, on the right track for both the public and the critics. We already know, quality versus quantity. We assume that they will continue on the same path.