Idol Gives Back, HBO’s Addiction Project win Governors Award at the Emmys

American Idol‘s successful but chintsy telethon Idol Gives Back may have been low-rated, but the show is getting rewarded by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Although with HBO’s Addiction Project, a collection of documentaries about addiction, Idol Gives Back will receive the Governors Award.

The ATAS’s chair, Dick Askni, told Variety that “The Governors Award is the Television Academy’s highest honor,” and will honor the two shows “for harnessing the power of television to educate and inform viewers about two very significant issues that touch all of us.”

Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said, “I’m really pleased that the Academy recognized the fact that this was more than a TV show. When the footage came in from Africa, it broke our hearts to edit it. Then we thought, we wouldn’t get the same type of footage from America. But it came in from New Orleans, from Los Angeles, these incredible stories of starvation.”

“The 2007 Governors Award will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy kudos Sept. 8,” Variety says.

TV Academy salutes ‘Addiction,’ ‘Idol’ [Variety]

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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