The Challenge: Total Madness

Outstanding Competition Program


In the riskiest game in ‘Challenge’ history, 21 veterans and 7 rookies face strenuous mental and physical challenges in pursuit of the $1 million dollar prize. The monumental 35th season features a never-before-seen twist, where longtime host TJ Lavin changes the game as they know it. Alliances are put to the test, and no one is safe.

For Your Consideration


Outstanding Competition Program

Executive Producers: Gil Goldschein, Julie Pizzi, Scott Freeman, Justin Booth, Emer Harkin, Dan Caster
Co-Executive Producers: Jeff Schmidt, Danny Wascou, Leanne Mucci
Producer: James David Rodriguez
Director of Photography and Supervising Producer: Jason Williams

Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program

Skye Topic

Kati Herrera

Cindy Aparicio

Aleida Rodriguez

Outstanding Cinematography For A Reality Program

Jason Williams, Director of Photography and Supervising Producer

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Competition Program

TJ Lavin

Outstanding Picture Editing for an Structured Or Competition Reality Program

Kyle Schadt
Jon Caligiuri
Lauren Stava
William Jarrod Burt

Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Program

James McGowan, Production Designer

Daniela Calcagno Lorenzo, Supervising Art Director

Helene Maroutian, Set Decorator 

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series

Craig Alsop
Vincent Cerone
Manwe Darcy
Rafa De Leon
Angel Hepburn
Oliver Knoop
Keith McCormick
Michael Svarc
Tomas Kasal
Jiri Kubik

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series

“Behind the Challenge”

“An experience like no other”

– Variety

“The next best thing to actual sports”

– USA Today

“Visually stunning”

– The Ringer


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S35 E1 | "Mad World"

Twenty eight players face an intimidating first challenge, “Battle Lines”, and then move into the most shocking living conditions in Challenge history. A new alliance threatens to topple the game while a stunning twist at elimination changes everyone’s expectations.

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