Emmys will include reality TV in two new nonfiction categories.

Emmys will include reality TV in two new nonfiction categories.
A vote Wednesday by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences resulted in the approval of two new categories that will allow reality TV shows to compete for an Emmy. Nonfiction programming (reality) will recognize “programming that depicts people and/or events in dramatic circumstances with the primary intent to entertain,” as Variety quotes the Academy’s guidelines. That includes Making the Band, Popstars and even Temptation Island–shows that do not include a prize or a game show component. Those shows, including Survivor, The Mole and Big Brother, will be included in the nonfiction programming (special class) category.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.