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.

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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.