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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?


The Amazing Race

America’s Got Talent

American Idol

American Ninja Warrior

Dancing With the Stars

MasterChef Junior

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance


Top Chef

Beat Bobby Flay
Food Network

The Biggest Loser

Brother vs. Brother

Celebrity Family Feud

Food Network

Cutthroat Kitchen
Food Network

Face Off

Food Network Star
Food Network

Hollywood Game Night

RuPaul’s Drag Race

500 Questions

America’s Funniest Home Videos

The Bachelor

Big Brother

The Fashion Fund

Hell’s Kitchen

Ink Master

Skin Wars
Game Show Network

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

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