Program Awards
Delivering Great Programming in 2013

On Wednesday, September 25, Cablefax celebrated the Program & Top Ops Award winners and honorable mentions. These fearless winners represent those who create amazing content and the experts who deliver it to the viewers.

The winners and honorable mentions of this annual program celebrated their successes before more than 150 executives.  Chatter flowed on the #cableawards hashtag on Twitter.

A special salute went out to Cablefax’s 2013 Program Hall of Fame, consisting of four elite executives that join the exclusive ranks of our past inductees.

Cablefax congratulates all of the finalists who represent the elite professionals and organizations committed to delivering great programming.  See below for the full list of winners, honorable mentions, and the 2013 Program Hall of Fame.

2013 Program Hall of Fame Inductees

Program Award Finalists Click to jump to section.

Best Actor in Cable

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    Fred Armisen

    Portlandia, IFC
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    Jon Hamm

    Mad Men, AMC
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    Kevin Hart

    Real Husbands of Hollywood, BET Networks and JSR Productions
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    Freddie Highmore

    Bates Motel, A&E
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    Timothy Olyphant

    Justified, FX
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    Matthew Rhys

    The Americans, FX
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Best Actress in Cable

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    Carrie Brownstein

    Portlandia, IFC
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    Emilia Clarke

    Game of Thrones, HBO
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    Vera Farmiga

    Bates Motel, A&E
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    Elisabeth Moss

    Mad Men, AMC
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    Emmy Rossum

    Shameless, Showtime
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    Keri Russell

    The Americans, FX
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    Katey Sagal

    Sons of Anarchy, FX
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Best Actor/Actress/Host – Comedy

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    Fred Armisten

    Portlandia, IFC
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Veep, HBO
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    Joel McHale

    The Soup, E! Entertainment
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Best Actor/Actress/Host – Other

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    Angela Bassett

    Betty & Coretta, Lifetime
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    Melissa Leo

    Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Lifetime
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    Alfre Woodard

    Steel Magnolias, Lifetime
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    Carrie Underwood

    AXS TV - Carrie Underwood - Blown Away - Live
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Best Cable Program

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    Game of Thrones

    HBO
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    Mad Men

    AMC
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    Shameless

    Showtime
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    Top of the Lake

    Sundance Channel
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Best Host - Family Friendly

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    Kelly, Sean, Dennisha and Carly

    The Sunny Side Up Show, Sprout
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    Jordan Hembrough

    Toy Hunter, Travel Channel
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    Jason Silva

    Brain Games, National Geographic Channel
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    Lara Spencer

    Flea Market Flip, HGTV
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Best Host – Food

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    Giada De Laurentiis

    Giada at Home, Food Network
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    Todd Fisher

    United States of Bacon, Destination America
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    Nadia Giosia

    Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen, Cooking Channel
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    Padma Lakshmi

    Top Chef, Bravo
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    Jeff Mauro

    Sandwich King, Food Network
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    Roger Mooking

    Man Fire Food, Cooking Channel
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Best Host - Reality Competition/Game Show

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    Nigel Barker

    The Face, Oxygen Media
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    Alton Brown

    Next Iron Chef: Redemption, Food Network
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    Billy Eichner

    Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, Fuse
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    Jeff Foxworthy

    The American Bible Challenge, GSN
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    Robert Irvine

    Restaurant Impossible, Food Network
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    Curtis Stone

    Top Chef Masters, Bravo
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Best Host – Sports

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    Bob Costas

    NBC Sports Network
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    Bob Lorenz

    YES Network
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Best Host - Talk Shows

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    Andy Cohen

    Watch What Happens Live (WWHL), Bravo
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    Suze Orman

    The Suze Orman Show, CNBC
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    Chelsea Handler

    E! Entertainment
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Best New Cable Program

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    Bates Motel

    A&E
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    Brain Games

    National Geographic Channel
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    Duck Dynasty

    A&E
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    Golden Sisters

    LMNO Cable Group/OWN
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    Orphan Black

    BBC America
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    Real Husbands of Hollywood

    BET Networks and JSR Productions
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    Rectify

    Sundance Channel
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Best Showrunner

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    Ralph Farquhar

    Real Husbands of Hollywood - BET Networks and JSR Productions
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    Vince Gilligan

    Breaking Bad - AMC
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    Steven Moffat

    Doctor Who - BBC America
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Best Show or Series - Animals/Nature

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    My Cat From Hell

    Animal Planet
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    North America

    Discovery Channel
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    Secret Life of the Rainforest

    Smithsonian Channel
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    MeatEater

    Sportsman Channel
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Best Show or Series - Animated

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    A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

    Epix
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    Archer

    FX
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    Doc McStuffins

    Disney Junior
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    Littlest Pet Shop

    The Hub Network
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    Transformers Prime

    The Hub Network
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Best Show or Series - Children’s

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    The Aquabats! Super Show!

    The Hub Network
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    iShine KNECT

    TBN/Smile of a Child TV/JCTV
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    R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series

    The Hub Network
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    Yankees on Deck

    YES
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Best Show or Series – Comedy

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    After Lately

    E! Entertainment
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    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    FX
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    Louie

    FX
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    Mr. Box Office

    Entertainment Studios
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    Portlandia

    IFC
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    Real Husbands of Hollywood

    BET Networks and JSR Productions
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Best Show or Series - Documentary - Historical/Political

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    20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow

    CNBC
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    Enemies Within: Joe McCarthy

    Smithsonian Channel
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    First Ladies: Influence and Image

    C-SPAN
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    Killing Lincoln

    National Geographic Channel
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Best Show or Series - Documentary - Nature

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    Back to the Wild

    M2 Pictures
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    Great Barrier Reef

    Animal Planet
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    Jim Shockley’s The Professionals

    The Outdoor Channel
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    Mankind: The Story of Us

    History
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Best Show or Series - Documentary - Other

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    America’s Gun: The Rise of the AR-I5

    CNBC
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    Blackboard Wars

    Discovery Studios/OWN
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    Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

    EPIX
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    Oprah’s Master Class/Stevie Nicks

    Harpo Studios
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    Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss

    Investigation Discovery
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Best Show or Series – Drama

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    American Horror Story: Asylum

    FX
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    Bates Motel

    A&E
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    Breaking Bad

    AMC
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    The Hour

    BBC America
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    Suits

    USA Network
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    Vikings

    History
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Best Show or Series - Education/instructional

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    Brain Games

    National Geographic Channel
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    Second Act

    RLTV
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Best Show or Series - Faith Based/Religious

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    Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday

    Harpo Studios
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    The Carpenter’s Miracle

    UP
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Best Show or Series - Family Friendly

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    The Carpenter’s Miracle

    UP
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    Finding Normal

    UP
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    iShine KNECT

    TBN/Smile of a Child TV/JCTV
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    Secret Life of the Rainforest

    Smithsonian Channel
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Best Show or Series - Food – Competition

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    BBQ Pitmasters

    Destination America
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    Iron Chef

    Food Network
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Best Show or Series - Food – Instructional

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    Extra Virgin

    Cooking Channel
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    Giada at Home

    Food Network
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    The Pioneer Woman

    Food Network
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    Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson

    RLTV
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Best Show or Series - Food - On Location

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    Cake Boss

    TLC
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    Chuck’s Eat the Street / Chuck Hughes

    Cooking Channel
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    Dead Meat

    Sportsman Channel
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    Man Fire Food

    Cooking Channel
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    Roadtrip with G. Garvin

    Cooking Channel
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Best Show or Series – Music

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    2012 CMT Music Awards

    CMT
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    Coldplay Live 2012

    EPIX
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    Fuse News

    Fuse
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    Love for Levon: Live

    AXS TV
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Best Show or Series – News

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    CNBC’s Fiscal Cliff Coverage

    CNBC
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    E! News

    E! Entertainment
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    Oprah: Where Are They Now?

    Harpo Studios
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    We Decide: Latinos and the 2012 Election

    NUVOtv
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Best Show or Series – Other

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    Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

    Lifetime
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    Carrie Underwood “Blown Away Tour” Live

    AXS TV
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    Dangerous Grounds

    Travel Channel
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    Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost

    TLC
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    House Crashers

    DIY Network
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    Property Brothers

    HGTV
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    The Root 100

    ASPIRE
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Best Show or Series - Public Affairs

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    The Communicators

    C-SPAN
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    State of the Union with Candy Crowley

    CNN
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Best Show or Series Reality – Autobiographical

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    Braxton Family Values

    WE tv
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    Breaking Amish

    TLC
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    Duck Dynasty

    A&E
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    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

    TLC
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    Locked Up Abroad

    National Geographic Channel
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    Vanderpump Rules

    Bravo
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Best Show or Series Reality – Professions

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    Deadliest Catch

    Discovery Channel
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    Inside Combat Rescue

    National Geographic Channel
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    Million Dollar Listing New York

    Bravo
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    Pawn Stars

    History
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    Second Act

    RLTV
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Best Show or Series Reality – Wilderness

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    Alaska: The Last Frontier

    Discovery Studios/Discovery Channel
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    Call of the Wildman

    Animal Planet
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    Mountain Men

    History
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    Swamp People

    History
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Best Show or Series - Reality/Competition/Game Show

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    Chopped

    Food Network
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    Family Game Night

    The Hub Network
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    Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street

    Fuse
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    Next Iron Chef: Redemption

    Food Network
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    Project Runway

    Lifetime
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    Restaurant Impossible

    Food Network
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    Top Chef

    Bravo
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Best Show or Series - Regional Program

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    Broadway in Chicago Backstage

    Comcast - CN100 Chicago
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    Redskins Postgame Live

    Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
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Best Show or Series - Sci Fi

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    Mermaids: The New Evidence

    Animal Planet
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    Warehouse 13

    Syfy
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Best Show or Series – Sports

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    Backstage: Lakers

    Time Warner Cable Sports
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    The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013

    Big Ten Network
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    MLB Tonight

    MLB Network
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    NBA GameTime

    NBA Digital
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    NBA TV’s Open Court

    NBA Digital
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Best Show or Series - Talk Shows

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    Center Stage with Michael Kay

    YES Network
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    Chelsea Lately

    E!
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    The Suze Orman Show

    CNBC
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    The Talking Dead

    AMC
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    Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

    FX
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    Watch What Happens Live (WWHL)

    Bravo
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Best Online/Mobile Extras for
a Linear Show

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    Breaking Bad Story Sync

    AMC
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    NBA Challenge

    NBA Digital
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    NCAA March Madness Live

    Turner Sports
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    Pretty Dirty Secrets

    ABC Family
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    Thanksgiving Live

    Food Network
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Best Online-Only/Mobile-Only Show

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    A Day in the Life: Armed and Ready

    Travel Channel
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    Bravo’s Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen

    Bravo Media and Magical Elves
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    Chopped After Hours

    Food Network
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    NBA Rooks

    NBA Digital
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    Old Henry

    INSP
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Best Opening Sequence

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    Best Ink - Season 2

    Oxygen Media
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    Golden Sisters

    LMNO Cable Group/OWN
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    The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013

    Big Ten Network
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    Rectify

    Sundance Channel
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Best Video on Demand Program/Special

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    Battle of the Fans: Basketball Final 2013

    Comcast - CN100 Chicago
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    Bleacher Report’s Know Your Draft Pick

    Turner Sports
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    Roger Corman’s Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

    EPIX
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