TCA reality nominees: Glee Project, Shark Tank, Survivor, Voice, and, ugh, Amazing Race

The Television Critics Association’s third award for outstanding achievement in reality programming will go to one of the following shows:

  • The Amazing Race
  • The Glee Project
  • Shark Tank
  • Survivor
  • The Voice

Because three of the five nominees are shows I suggested should be nominated, I am moderately happy, though of course I have already spent a few minutes banging my well-banged head against a table because of Amazing Race‘s inclusion yet again.

And if Survivor wins, which it probably will not, it will be a minor tragedy since the show, not the truly awesome fall season, was nominated, meaning that it technically includes this spring’s disaster.

And, to be honest, it’s kind of depressing we’re selecting such a high percentage of broadcast shows when cable has so much to offer, but perhaps less visibility. Actually, I’m torn as to which show to vote for in part because of that; right now, I’m between Shark Tank and The Glee Project. Both high-quality, entertaining shows, but very different budgets, visibility, and purpose. But both would be deserving winners.

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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.