Academy changes reality TV Emmy category, but it still includes game shows.

Academy changes reality TV Emmy category, but it still includes game shows.
After royally screwing up the Emmy categories that include reality TV shows, the Academy finally gets its act together and gives competitive reality TV its own, real category. Well, sort of. No longer will reality TV shows be in a “special class” category that’s selected by a panel of voters and results in a nonsensical group of shows competing against one another. “Now, ATAS has voted to make the category a competitive one, open to the same nomination and final judging procedures as other major program and performer categories,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Only one show will win, whereas before, all the programs could possibly have won statues. However, game shows are still included in the reality/competition program category, which will “recognize excellence in game shows and competitive, unscripted shows.” So, Regis Philbin may face off against Jeff Probst and company. Someday, the Academy might get it right. Someday.

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.

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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.