Before the Emmy nominees for reality TV shows and other programs are announced July 10 and people celebrate their favorites and/or complain about the predictable, undeserving nominees, know that their selection is a result of members choosing among dozens of shows.
To nominate a show or person, producers and/or individuals must meet eligibility criteria and pay a fee. The result is an interesting and often overwhelming mix of people.
For example, in the host category, we have Survivor‘s Jeff Probst, Catfish‘s Nev Schulman, Bar Rescue‘s Jon Taffer, and Ryan Seacrest for both The Million Second Quiz and American Idol–even though they all do entirely different things on very different shows. And there are 57 host choices, from which voters can only choose five.
The lists of potential nominees include brief summaries and allow us to see which specific episodes producers chose to nominate their series. For example, Survivor nominated the Cagayan episode “Bag of Tricks” for cinematography, but used “Mad Treasure Hunt” for picture editing and the episode “Hot Girl With A Grudge” for both sound mixing and sound editing. The Blood vs Water live finale is the possible nominee in the directing category, while Survivor Blood vs. Water was the season nominated for best reality competition.
The programs ballot includes the three reality TV program categories: structured, unstructured, and competition. (More on that in a future story.) Altogether, there are 49 competitions, 53 unstructured shows, and 40 structured series, and voters can choose 10 in each category.
All Academy members then vote for eligible shows in the program categories (except for animation and documentaries, in which only those who produce those kinds of series can vote). In other categories, only the peer groups vote. For example, for the reality TV show host Emmy, the people who can vote are those who in these groups: casting directors, daytime programming, picture editors, producers, production executives, professional representatives, reality, and television executives.
Here are the other nonfiction and reality TV-related categories, with the links leading to PDFs of all possible nominees: