Emmys will create a category for reality TV judges

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences plans to create an Emmy for reality television show judges, according to its chair, John Shaffner.

He “confirmed to reporters that the Emmys will soon create an award for judges on reality TV shows like ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘American Idol’ and ‘Top Chef,'” The Los Angeles Times reports–although in a classic example of burying the lead, the story doesn’t get around to mentioning this news until the fourth paragraph, and even then it’s inexplicably downplayed.

Instead, there’s more emphasis on his insistence that there will not be an award for reality TV contestants. “We don’t want to turn into ‘Survivor’,” Shaffner said.

Which ‘Dancing With the Stars’ judge deserves an Emmy? [Los Angeles Times]

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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.