Emmys 2016: ‘I Am Cait’ Looks to Break Into Top of Unstructured Reality Category

Deadliest Catch spinoff
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While splitting the reality category two years ago into “structured” and “unstructured” certainly opened the doors for a few new shows to grab nominations, it’s still a fairly static category.

The shows that have been nomination mainstays — “Deadliest Catch,” “Wahlburgers,” “Intervention,” “Million Dollar Listing: New York” and “Alaska: The Last Frontier” — are top-notch series, and in the case of “Catch” and “Alaska,” also deliver some mind-blowing visuals.

“Intervention’s” message goes beyond a mere TV series, inspiring viewers who may be dealing with addiction to get help — and that’s something everyone likes to reward.

And “Listing” continues to deliver compelling storylines in a glossy setting.

Discovery hit “Naked and Afraid” joined the nominees last year and looks poised to repeat, but prior nominee “Flipping Out” also returns to eligibility at Bravo.

Among the series hoping to draw voters ready for a little change-up are History’s “Alone,” Bravo’s surprise yacht hit “Below Deck” and HBO’s “Project Greenlight.”

Perhaps the show with the best chance of cracking the top five is E!’s “I Am Cait,” now in season two and far from the salacious tabloidy affair that naysayers expected.

“Cait” explored Caitlyn Jenner’s transition as a transgender woman with a group of trans women — activists and advocates — as her guide. They took their show on the road and stirred up more challenging issues — including Jenner’s controversial political views.

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  1. Telly Savantis says:

    TLC’s I Am Jazz is a better executed series tackling the same subject matter.

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