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All 56 reality TV hosts and 194 reality shows eligible for an Emmy

Emmy statue Television AcademyThe Television Academy revealed the 2015 Emmy nomination ballots today, which list those people or shows deemed eligible for an award in a certain category.

What follows are four lists that I’ve painstakingly typed, each of which include all the potential nominees for the following categories: reality show host, unstructured reality show, structured reality show, competition reality show, documentary/nonfiction special, and documentary or nonfiction series.

Nominations from these pools of possibilities will be announced July 16, after voting concludes. Full descriptions of shows, photos of hosts, and ballots for technical awards including directing and editing are all on the Academy’s site.

The most disappointing categorization to me is The Chair, which is competing against competition shows. While there was a $250,000 prize, the entire series was narrative and documentary-style, not competition. It just feels misplaced.

Perhaps the weirdest possible nomination is the episode of The Bachelor 17, “The Women Tell All,” could be nominated as a structured reality program–as if it’s a series.

Overall, despite a few head-scratchers, these are good lists with good options. I’ve bolded those shows or people I think are especially deserving of a nomination this year.


Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

  1. Ted Allen, Chopped
  2. Erin Andrews, Dancing with the Stars
  3. Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine, King of the Nerds
  4. Steve Austin, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
  5. John Barrowman, Sing Your Face Off
  6. Joe Bastianich and Tim Love, Restaurant Startup
  7. Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
  8. Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
  9. Alton Brown, Cutthroat Kitchen
  10. Nick Cannon, America’s Got Talent
  11. Adam Carolla, To Catch a Contractor
  12. Julie Chen, Big Brother
  13. LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle
  14. Terry Crews, World’s Funniest Fails
  15. Carson Daly, The Voice
  16. Cat Deeley, So You Think Can Dance
  17. Spike Feresten, Car Matchmaker With Spike Feresten
  18. Guy Fieri, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  19. Bobby Flay, Beat Bobby Flay
  20. Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Rutledge Wood, Top Gear
  21. Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper
  22. Ilan Hall, Knife Fight
  23. Chris Harrison, The Bachelor
  24. John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner, Wipeout
  25. Robert James Hoffman III, Fake Off
  26. Matt Iseman, American Ninja Warrior
  27. Dwayne Johnson, Wake Up Call
  28. Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  29. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway
  30. Danny Koker, Counting Cars
  31. Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
  32. Marcus Lemonis, The Profit
  33. Stacy London, Love, Lust or Run
  34. Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
  35. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Repeat After Me
  36. Alyssa Milano, Project Runway All Stars
  37. Cesar Millan, Cesar 911
  38. Dave Navarro, Ink Master
  39. Ty Pennington, On the Menu
  40. Dr. Jan Pol, The Incredible Dr. Pol
  41. Chris Powell, Extreme Weight Loss
  42. Jeff Probst, Survivor
  43. Gordon Ramsay, Masterchef Junior
  44. Adam Richman, Food Fighters
  45. Rebecca Romijn, Skin Wars
  46. RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race
  47. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, MythBusters
  48. Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott, Property Brothers at Home
  49. Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  50. JB Smoove, Last Comic Standing
  51. Alison Sweeney, The Biggest Loser
  52. Jon Taffer, Bar Rescue
  53. Donald J. Trump, The Celebrity Apprentice
  54. Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life
  55. Mark L. Walberg, Antiques Roadshow
  56. McKenzie Westmore, Face Off


Outstanding Structured Reality Program

  1. Antiques Roadshow
  2. Bar Rescue
  3. Best Bars in America
  4. Catch a Contractor
  5. Cold Justice
  6. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
  7. Extreme Weight Loss
  8. Hotel Impossible
  9. Impractical Jokers
  10. Iyanla: Fix My Life
  11. Love It Or List It
  12. Love, Lust or Run
  13. Lucha Underground
  14. The Millionaire Matchmaker
  15. MythBusters
  16. No Limits
  17. The People’s Couch
  18. The Profit
  19. Property Brothers
  20. Repeat After Me
  21. Sex Box
  22. Shark Tank
  23. Storage Wars
  24. Tiny House Nation
  25. Undercover Boss
  26. Wake Up Call
  27. What Could Possibly Go Wrong
  28. Who Do You Think You Are?
  29. The Women Tell All
  30. World’s Funniest Fails


Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

  1. Alaska: The Last Frontier
  2. Alaskan Bush People
  3. Arranged
  4. Bachelor in Paradise
  5. Barely Famous
  6. Behind the Mask
  7. Below Deck
  8. Bering Sea Gold
  9. Boomtowners
  10. Botched
  11. Braxton Family Values
  12. Bring It!
  13. Candidly Nicole
  14. Cesar 911
  15. Chrisley Knows Best
  16. Connected
  17. Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn
  18. The Curse of Oak Island
  19. Dance Moms
  20. Deadliest Catch
  21. Deion’s Family Playbook
  22. Donnie Loves Jenny
  23. Duck Dynasty
  24. Fixer Upper
  25. Flex and Shanice
  26. Flip or Flop
  27. Gold Rush
  28. High Profits
  29. Human Resources
  30. The Incredible Dr. Pol
  31. Intervention
  32. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  33. Kendra on Top
  34. Leah Remini: It’s All Relative
  35. Life Below Zero
  36. Little Women: LA
  37. Married at First Sight
  38. Million Dollar Listing New York
  39. Mob Wives
  40. My Big, Fat, Fabulous Life
  41. Naked and Afraid
  42. Nightwatch
  43. Pit Bulls & Parolees
  44. The Prancing Elites Project
  45. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  46. The Real World Skeltons
  47. Rehab Addict
  48. Rugged Justice
  49. Running Wild with Bear Grylls
  50. Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe
  51. Southern Charm
  52. Teen Mom OG
  53. Total Divas
  54. The Vanilla Ice Project
  55. Wahlburgers
  56. Wicked Tuna


Outstanding Reality Competition Program

  1. The Amazing Race
  2. America’s Funniest Home Videos
  3. America’s Got Talent
  4. American Idol
  5. American Ninja Warrior
  6. The Bachelor
  7. Beat Bobby Flay
  8. Big Brother
  9. The Biggest Loser
  10. Brother vs. Brothers
  11. The Celebrity Apprentice
  12. The Chair
  13. The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II
  14. Child Genius
  15. Chopped
  16. Cutthroat Kitchen
  17. Dancing with the Stars
  18. Dating Naked
  19. Ellen’s Design Challenge
  20. Face Off
  21. Fake Off
  22. The Fashion Fund
  23. 500 Questions
  24. Food Fighters
  25. Food Network Star
  26. Guy’s Grocery Games
  27. Hell’s Kitchen
  28. Hollywood Game Night
  29. House of DVF
  30. Ink Master
  31. King of the Nerds
  32. Knife Fight
  33. Last Comic Standing
  34. Lip Sync Battle
  35. MasterChef Junior
  36. On the Menu
  37. Pawnography
  38. Project Runway
  39. Project Runway All Stars
  40. The Quest
  41. Restaurant Startup
  42. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  43. Sing Your Face Off
  44. The Sing-Off
  45. Skin Wars
  46. So You Think You Can Dance
  47. Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
  48. Survivor World Apart
  49. The Taste
  50. Top Chef
  51. Ultimate Survival Alaska
  52. The Voice
  53. Wipeout


Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

  1. About Bruce
  2. Atari: Game Over
  3. Bigger Than T-Rex (NOVA)
  4. Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney
  5. The Case Against 8
  6. Celebrating Joan (Fashion Police)
  7. Deep Web
  8. Dreamcatcher
  9. Emperor’s Ghost Army (NOVA)
  10. First Man On the Moon (NOVA)
  11. 41ON41
  12. Freedom Summer (American Experience)
  13. Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life
  14. Gardeners of Eden
  15. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  16. The Great Math Mystery (NOVA)
  17. It’s Me, Hillary: The Man Who Drew Eloise
  18. Jimmy Van Heusen – Swingin’ With Frank & Bing
  19. Joan Rivers- Celebrating An Icon (E! News)
  20. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
  21. L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin
  22. Little Ballers
  23. Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued
  24. The Making of Peter Pan Live!
  25. The Manners of Downtown Abbey
  26. Michael Sam
  27. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
  28. My Own Man
  29. Rebuilding the World Trade Center
  30. Ripley: Believe it Or Not (American Experience)
  31. Robin Williams Remembered
  32. The Science of Interstellar
  33. Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All
  34. Slash With Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Live From The Roxy
  35. A Strong Beat
  36. Virunga
  37. Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances
  38. Women of the Bible


Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

  1. American Masters
  2. Beyond Scared Straight
  3. Building Wonders (NOVA)
  4. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
  5. Errol Morris’ It’s Not Crazy It’s Sports
  6. The Fighting Season
  7. Friday Night Tykes
  8. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
  9. Los Jets
  10. Operation Change
  11. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
  12. The Runner-Up
  13. Shakespeare Uncovered: Series 2
  14. The Sixties
  15. Tornado Alley
  16. Unsung
  17. Whale Wars

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