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The Hollywood Reporter Unveils 2013 Reality Heat List

From "The Voice" to "Duck Dynasty," THR ranks 25 unscripted series, dealmakers, and characters driving real money, ratings and the pop culture conversation.


This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Forget televised competitions.

The real showdown is among the stars and execs scrambling to make their unscripted series stand out in an increasingly competitive landscape. For its 2013 Reality Heat List, The Hollywood Reporter ranks the 25 shows, creators, execs and characters that are winning the race.

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Entries were selected based on ratings, pop-culture and social-media impact, buzziness of talent and producers, greenlight and spinoff power and overall lasting imprint on the reality business between March 2012 and March 2013.

Among those who made the cut? The "Virgin Bachelor" Sean Lowe, "Kover Kween" Kim Kardashian, "Cable Masterminds" Nancy Dubuc and Eileen O’Neill, "Happy Housewife" Lisa Vanderpump and A&E ratings phenom Duck Dynasty. Says A+E Television Networks executive vp programming David McKillop of the show's eccentric Louisiana clan, "The Robertsons are real-life characters, and we were able to turn them into a reality sitcom."

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Edited by Alison Brower and Stacey Wilson

Profiles written by Seth Abramovitch, Gary Baum, Leslie Bruce, Rebecca Ford, Marisa Guthrie, Shirley Halperin, Kimberly Nordyke, Michael O’Connell, Lacey Rose, Laurie Sandell, Sophie Schillaci and Stacey Wilson

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  1. 'The Voice'

    NBC's Biggest Hitread more

  2. 'Duck Dynasty'

    A&E's "Reality Phenomenon"read more

  3. Ryan Seacrest

    Résumé Builderread more

  4. Nancy Dubuc & Eileen O’Neill

    Cable Mastermindsread more

  5. Simon Cowell, Howard Stern, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine

    The $10 Million+ Music Mentor Clubread more

  6. Kim Kardashian

    Kover Kweenread more

  7. Sean Lowe

    The Virgin Bachelorread more

  8. Honey Boo Boo

    Honey Boo Boo and Her Colorful Clanread more

  9. Thom Beers

    CEO, FremantleMedia North Americaread more

  10. Gordon Ramsay

    Kitchen Bossread more