Contenders Television: Documentary + Unscripted Underway: Livestream, Lineup, Schedule

This year’s Emmy race features some of the most explosive nonfiction content in recent years: docuseries on the fate of a beloved talk show host, a vulnerable young woman victimized in a case of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, the scandal involving Nickelodeon kids shows, and a revealing look inside one of professional sports’ greatest dynasties.

Deadline’s Contenders TV: Documentary + Unscripted virtual event — your indispensable guide to TV awards season — goes in depth on all of it Saturday in a showcase that kicks off at 9 a.m. PT.

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Among the panelists joining today are key talent behind Lifetime’s Where Is Wendy Williams?, Investigation Discovery’s Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, and The Dynasty: New England Patriots from Apple TV+. Gypsy Rose Blanchard herself joins us to talk about telling her shocking story in Lifetime’s The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. And that’s just for starters.

Ken Jeong, EP and host of I Can See Your Voice, visits to share insights on his Fox music guessing game series. Another innovative unscripted competition show, Peacock’s The Traitors, is represented at Contenders by host and producer Alan Cumming, plus EP Sam Rees-Jones and two of the show’s “traitors.” We’ve got the team from Squid Game: The Challenge, the hit Netflix reality competition series inspired by the enormously successful Korean drama. And JoJo Siwa and other celebrity “recruits” will spill secrets of their experience on the Fox unscripted series Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.

While Special Forces brings the gritty, glam is served by The Super Models, the Apple TV+ series about how Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista ruled the runways in the 1990s. Creators of the four-part documentary, including Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams, join Contenders to discuss their intimate look at these beauty icons.

No show has been a bigger hit with Television Academy voters in recent years than RuPaul’s Drag Race, the cultural phenomenon from MTV Entertainment Studios that has claimed more than 30 Primetime Emmys going back to 2016. Contenders welcomes four queenly contestants from the series including Sapphira Cristál and Nymphia Wind.

Queens — the kind who rule the animal world — get their due in the National Geographic docuseries narrated by Angela Bassett. We hear from the creative team behind the series starring orcas, elephants, lions and more. Music royalty, meanwhile, comes into focus with Kings from Queens: The Run DMC Story. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels joins a panel discussion on the Peacock three-parter.

We’ve got late-night covered with panels on The Daily Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! And we’ll pull back the curtain on the Oscars — hosted again this year by Jimmy Kimmel — with the award show’s Emmy-contending EPs and more.

Ron Howard stops by Contenders to talk about Jim Henson Idea Man, his Disney+ film about the genius who created the Muppets. Contenders further explores the premium documentary space with panels on Prime Video’s Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story and For Love and Life: No Ordinary Campaign, and Girls State, the Apple TV+ film directed by Emmy winners Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss.

Follow the livestream all day on the site and via #DeadlineContenders. Keep checking back on Deadline for complete panel coverage. On Monday, we’ll launch the event’s streaming site featuring the complete panel videos.

Check out today’s lineup, schedule and panelists below.

Contenders TV: Docs + Unscripted

All times PT

9 a.m. – Livestream begins


The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Subject)
Nicole Vogel (EP)
Laura Fleury (EP)
Melissa Moore (EP)

Where Is Wendy Williams?

Mark Ford (EP)
Erica Hanson (EP)


Jim Henson Idea Man

Ron Howard (Director)


Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Molly McNearney (Co-Head Writer/EP)
Danny Ricker (Co-Head Writer/Supervising Producer)
Gary Greenberg (Writer/Supervising Producer)

The Oscars

Raj Kapoor (EP)
Katy Mullan (EP)
Molly McNearney (Writer/EP)
Hamish Hamilton (Director)


For Love and Life: No Ordinary Campaign

Christopher Burke (Director)
Tim Rummel (Producer)

Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story

Gelila Bekele (Writer/Director/Producer)
Armani Ortiz (Director/Producer)


RuPaul’s Drag Race

Sapphira Cristál (Contestant)
Q (Contestant)
Nymphia Wind (Contestant)
Xunami Muse (Contestant)


Girls State

Jesse Moss (Co-Director/Co-Producer)
Amanda McBaine (Co-Director/Co-Producer)

The Dynasty: New England Patriots

Matthew Hamachek (Director/EP)

The Super Models

Roger Ross Williams (Director/EP)
Larissa Bills (Director/Producer)

Steve! (Martin) A Documentary in 2 Pieces

Morgan Neville (Director/Producer)


Kings From Queens: The RUN DMC Story

William H. Masterson III (Producer/EP)
Kirk Fraser (Director)
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Talent/EP)

The Traitors

Alan Cumming (Producer/Host)
Sam Rees-Jones (EP)
Parvati Shallow (Traitor)
Kate Chastain (Traitor)



Chloe Sarash (Showrunner/Writer)
Vanessa Berlowitz (EP)
Faith Musembi (Director/Producer)


Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test

Tyler Cameron (Recruit)
Erin Jackson (Recruit)
JoJo Siwa (Recruit)
Nick Viall (Recruit)

I Can See Your Voice

Ken Jeong (EP/Host)


Squid Game: The Challenge

Toni Ireland (EP)
John Hay (EP)
Erika Dobrin (Casting Director)
Mathieu Weekes (Production Designer)


The Daily Show

Zhubin Parang (Writer/Co-EP)
Jen Flanz (Showrunner/Writer/EP)
Josh Johnson (Correspondent)


Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV

Mary Robertson (Director/EP)
Emma Schwartz (Director/Co-EP)
Giovonnie Samuels (Former Cast Member – All That)
Bryan Hearne (Former Cast Member – All That)

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