Best Unstructured Reality Series
Will Win - Deadliest Catch
Should Win - Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan
Could Win - Really any of them
Commentary - I have still yet to figure out why they split these categories up. There are now fifteen reality program slots at the Emmys, while other programming continues to only have six. Even if you include long-form television into one category it only has ten versus the fifteen with reality. It also makes it hard to predict, and honestly have these shows are complete crap. But Deadliest Catch has won a bunch of Emmys over the years, and still remains wildly popular despite its age. It has been two years since it won a program category, but it is the only one of the bunch that is truly Emmy tested. In an uncertain category like this one, stick with the old favorite.
Best Structured Reality Series
Will Win - Undercover Boss
Should Win - Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives
Could Win - Shark Tank
Commentary - So this category is a bit easier, although I am once again playing it safe with the new favorite in this category. Although no series has ever won a third in a row for this category, I think if anyone can it is Undercover Boss. Shark Tank is hot on its heels, but it lacks the emotional factor that has made Boss such a hit with viewers and Emmy voters. I have to admit that my pick would be Triple D, simply because I think its a fun show that shows off the culture and cuisine of some of America's tourist destinations. Plus, I have always had an affinity for food programs. But this is most likely a battle between Boss and Shark Tank, and I think Undercover Boss wins again.