Best Structured Reality Program
Will Win - Shark Tank
Could Win - Undercover Boss
Should Win - Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Commentary - Triple D on the Food Network is just one of my favorite shows, it is entertaining, it showcases cool local joints, and is a staple that is desperately trying to be repeated across both the Food Network, and their newer channel, The Cooking Channel. But it has no shot here. This is probably between the two most recent winners. Undercover Boss won for a couple of years in the combined category, but last year Shark Tank, the new hot critical favorite swooped in and took it away. It is still a hot show, with tons of support. I think it prevails again.
Best Unstructured Reality Program
Will Win - Deadliest Catch
Could Win - Intervention, Wahlburgers, Naked and Afraid
Should Win - Eh
Commentary - Not really a fan of any of these, this is a category that just doesn't do it for me. Intervention won this way back, has been and off and on nominee for several years, but manages to get back in, putting in contention. Wahlburgers has the celebrity behind it, and Naked and Afraid has the notoriety. But Deadliest Catch has been an Emmy favorite across the board, especially in the tech categories, for years, it won last year, and once again is facing a tragedy. I think Emmy voters are continuing to follow both the physical and personal struggles of a show that they simply love.