Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' Nabs Shortform Emmy Nomination

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A digital series based on Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' was nominated for an Emmy in the shortform categories, which also recognized work by Megan Amram and Wyatt Cenac.

Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke spinoff nabbed an Emmy nomination Thursday as part of a crop of shortform categories that also recognized the work of Anthony Bourdain, comedian Wyatt Cenac and the Good Place writer Megan Amram. 

The Television Academy hands out Emmys for five shortform categories. Apple Music's nomination came in the variety series category, where it will go up against digital shorts from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and NBC's Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

Also nominated in the variety category is Honest Trailers, which saw the departure of creator Andy Signore last year after sexual harassment allegations. Signore is not listed as a producer on the nomination. 

Bourdain's nomination, for his CNN digital series, Explore Parts Unknown, is in the shortform nonfiction or reality series category. The celebrity chef and journalist, who died June 8 in France, also received six Emmy nominations for CNN series Parts Unknown. Also nominated in the category are Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, which streams on Bravo digital platforms, and's Jay Leno's Garage. 

The shortform categories, which were expanded in 2016, have become a source of frustration for some in the digital community, who feel that academy voters favor spinoff series based on popular television IP over original works by digital upstarts. That appears to have happened again this year in the show categories, where projects from the broadcast and cable networks dominate the nominations. But the acting categories do highlight projects from digital-first producers. 

Naomi Grossman, who stars in Facebook series Ctrl Alt Delete, received a nomination for actress in a shortform comedy or drama series alongside Kelli O'Hara in self-distributed The Accidental Wolf and Megan Amram in the self-distributed An Emmy for Megan. In the actor category, DeStorm Power was nominated for his Caught The Series YouTube show and Melvin Jackson Jr. was nominated for YouTube series This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours

The Television Academy will hand out the shortform awards as part of the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 8 and 9. A broadcast of the show will air on FXX on Sept. 15.

A full list of shortform nominations follows. 

Shortform Comedy or Drama Series
Aka Wyatt Cenac
An Emmy for Megan
Grey's Anatomy: B Team
James Corden's Next James Corden
The Walking Dead: Red Machete

Actor in a Shortform Comedy or Drama Series
Miles Tagtmeyer, Broken
DeStorm Power, Caught The Series
Alexis Denisof, I Love Bekka & Lucy
James Corden, James Corden's Next James Corden
Melvin Jackson Jr., This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours

Actress in a Shortform Comedy or Drama Series
Diarra Kilpatrick, American Koko
Megan Amram, An Emmy for Megan
Christina Pickles, Break a Hip
Lee Garlington, Broken
Naomi Grossman, Ctrl Alt Delete
Kelli O'Hara, The Accidental Wolf

Shortform Nonfiction or Reality Series
Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown
Jay Leno's Garage
The Americans: The Final Season

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — America's Obsessions
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen

Shortform Variety Series
Between The Scenes — The Daily Show
Carpool Karaoke: The Series
Creating Saturday Night Live
Gay of Thrones

Honest Trailers
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — Cover Room