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NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards
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Hosted by: Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron,Co-Hosts of Pickler & Ben!

Kellie Pickler, Co-Host and Ben Aaron, Co-Host 
Pickler & Ben

The NATPE Unscripted Breakthrough Awards – now in their fifth year – are designed to honor those reality programs that broke away from the pack in the preceding year, often becoming part of the cultural conversation. These programs prove that change and fresh ideas can alter our expectations of what constitutes a reality program. Which shows attracted the most interest? Raised the most controversy? Garnered the most praise? These breakthrough shows are leading the conversation when it comes to talking about Reality and Non-Scripted programming.

2019 Categories included: Competition; Documentary; Docusoap; Factual; Game Shows; and Innovation.

The Top 5 Nominees For Each Category Are:


American Ninja Warrior
Big Brother
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Voice
World of Dance


Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
The Staircase
Wild Wild Country


Below Deck
Born This Way
Jersey Shore
The Real Housewives Franchise
Vanderpump Rules


Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah


Beat Shazam
Celebrity Family Feud
Ellen’s Game of Games
Hollywood Game Night
Match Game


Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Live PD
Nailed It!
Queer Eye
Wild Wild Country

2019 Unscripted Committee

Unscripted Committee