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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.
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."
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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