Love wins (threefold)! Over Labor Day weekend, “Love on the Spectrum U.S.” won three awards at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The honors were presented by the Television Academy during two taped ceremonies celebrating outstanding artistic and technical achievements in television. Held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the festivities awarded many talented artists and craftspeople, including those within the disability community, in categories including cinematography, guest actor, production design, sound editing, television movie and stunt performance.
“Love on the Spectrum U.S.” swept all three categories it was nominated for, taking home the Emmys for: (1) Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, (2) Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program, and (3) Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.
“Love on the Spectrum U.S.” is a romantic docuseries that follows the relationship experiences of young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain, as defined by the CDC. Considered to be “an invisible disability,” people with ASD may behave, communicate, interact and learn in ways that are different from other people. “Love on the Spectrum U.S.” documents how these differences may affect love lives.
The warm-hearted reality series debuted on Netflix in May 2022 with a six-episode run featuring love seekers. Autism coach and expert Jennifer Cook, who was diagnosed with ASD in her mid-30s, also appears in the show. She strives to empower the featured neurodivergent adults to confidently navigate the complexities of dating. Cook offers advice, such as choosing conversation topics and how to ask for a second date.
Among other tips, Cook often emphasizes that, just like making new friends, those looking for love should focus on finding things in common with a potential partner and just let the romance flow from there. [Pssst… if you’re looking for love, you may want to read tons more of Cook’s advice in her book, The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules.
This groundbreaking dating show follows the Australian-based series that premiered on Netflix in 2020, and has aired for two seasons thus far.
An edited broadcast of the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will air on Saturday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FXX and will also be available for streaming on Hulu from September 11 to 17, 2022.