×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

2016 Emmy Contenders: Reality Competition

13This category continually churns out all manner of drama, comedy and larger-than-life characters, but Emmy voters have been sticking with the same set of nominees for almost a decade.

While no one is arguing about the high production values and quality of “The Amazing Race,” “Project Runway,” last year’s winner, “The Voice,” and “Top Chef,” wouldn’t it be great to see entertaining series such as “MasterChef Junior,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Face Off,” cultural touchstone “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the growing phenomenon “American Ninja Warrior” — all showcasing talented folks and mostly devoid of backbiting, bleeped words and horrible behavior — getting a nod?

Cablers such as Food Network and HGTV have built their brands with unscripted series, including successful entries in the reality competition arena. Series from those lifestyle networks that are stepping up their, ahem, games, include “Chopped” — which has inspired many a family to test their mettle at home — the deliciously subversive “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Brother vs. Brother.”

Or will voters find it in their hearts to reward “American Idol” in its final season?

FRONTRUNNERS

The Amazing Race
CBS

America’s Got Talent
NBC

American Idol
Fox

American Ninja Warrior
NBC

Dancing With the Stars
ABC

MasterChef Junior
Fox

Project Runway
Lifetime

So You Think You Can Dance
Fox

Survivor
CBS

Top Chef
Bravo

ON THE BUBBLE
Beat Bobby Flay
Food Network

The Biggest Loser
NBC

Brother vs. Brother
HGTV

Celebrity Family Feud
ABC

Chopped
Food Network

Cutthroat Kitchen
Food Network

Face Off
Syfy

Food Network Star
Food Network

Hollywood Game Night
NBC

RuPaul’s Drag Race
Logo

DARK HORSES
500 Questions
ABC

America’s Funniest Home Videos
ABC

The Bachelor
ABC

Big Brother
CBS

The Fashion Fund
Amazon

Hell’s Kitchen
Fox

Ink Master
Spike

Skin Wars
Game Show Network

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
CMT

More TV

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Malik Yoba to Reprise Role in 'New York Undercover' Reboot at ABC

    Malik Yoba, who starred as Detective J.C. Williams in the 90s show “New York Undercover,” is set to reprise the role in the ABC reboot, sources tell Variety. Picking up 20 years after the end of the original series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s [...]

  • Chris Burrous dead KTLA anchor

    KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous' Cause of Death Released

    An investigative report on KTLA anchor Chris Burrous has determined that his cause of death was attributed to methamphetamine toxicity, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Burrous, 43, was found unconscious at a motel in Glendale, Calif on December 27, and later died at the hospital. The death has been ruled as accidental. [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Win Publicity Campaign Awards

    Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” as the top movie publicity campaign for 2018 and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” as the best television campaign. Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians” topped the campaigns for Disney’s “Black Panther,” Fox’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and Universal’s “Halloween” for [...]

  • THE MASKED SINGER: Rabbit in the

    Live+3 Ratings for Week of Feb. 11: 'Masked Singer' Easily Tops Competition

    Fox’s “The Masked Singer” was the highest-rated broadcast show of the week in both Live+Same Day and Live+3. For the week of Feb. 11, the unscripted singing competition series went from a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 to a 3.4, a rise of 42%. In total viewers, the show went from 7.8 million viewers to [...]

  • How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes

    How the 'Rich Eisen Show' Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

    Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the [...]

  • Josh Cooke Castle Rock

    Josh Cooke Joins Katey Sagal in ABC Comedy Pilot 'Nana'

    Josh Cooke has been cast in a lead role in the ABC hybrid comedy pilot “Nana” opposite Katey Sagal, Variety has learned. Cooke will play Alex, a fire chief in Indianapolis who is a newly widowed single father of two girls. It’s clear that he is in over his head with the girls, but he [...]

  • Maggie Lawson

    Maggie Lawson to Star in Fox Comedy Pilot 'Geniuses'

    Maggie Lawson has been cast in one of the lead roles of the Fox multi-camera comedy pilot “Geniuses,” Variety has learned. The pilot follows a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. Lon Zimmet will write and executive produce. Lawson will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content