Emmys 2012: How to Fix the Reality Races


This story first appeared in the June 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Barely more than a twinkle in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' eye just a decade ago, reality TV now accounts for three separate Emmy races -- despite the fact that the winners never seem to change.

And if repetition breeds disinterest, the main Emmy reality categories -- outstanding reality program, reality-competition program and host for a reality or reality-competition program -- have become a veritable puppy mill of apathy. There's no need for anyone but Survivor host Jeff Probst to jot down a list of people to thank; The Amazing Race executive producers Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster know well how to climb the stage, and everyone affiliated with American Idol has accepted they won't need to stand up until the primetime telecast is over. Read More....



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