September 05, 2003

Sweet MERCY.

MATT DRUDGE CALLED THEM "The Crappys." After reading this Reuters story about the new awards-program for reality-based television shows, we don't think we could have summed it up better ourselves:

LOS ANGELES -- Would you believe it? Reality television shows will get their own prime-time awards program so that "Joe Millionaire" can rub shoulders with Oscar.

ABC said on Thursday it will, in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, create a prime-time awards show honoring broadcast and cable reality programs.

Nominees for the two-hour awards show, set to air this fall, will be chosen by a panel of about 200 people, the network said, and winners will be chosen by the public via Internet balloting.

Mischer is a veteran of TV awards shows, in particular the prime-time Emmys, and the new, as-yet untitled program will feature both series honors like "Best Series" as well as reality-appropriate categories like "Best Twist."

Awwwww, isn't that sweet? Personally, I'd suggest categories like "Best Performance by a Weasel of an Executive Producer," "Best Staged Moment Involving Supposed Interpersonal Conflict," "Best Groveling Before Network Executives," and "Best Profit Margin Made from Using Actors Who Didn't Have SAG Cards."

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at September 5, 2003 12:26 AM | TrackBack

"IT AMAZES US that in this day and age, there are still famous actors who spout off on political subjects, yet don't bother studying up on the subjects of which they're speaking"

You mean like Arnold Schwarzenegger?

I love Arnold, but his answer to every question is "I support families," or "I support children."

Posted by: Stephen Silver at September 5, 2003 11:46 AM

True, but "I love families" and "I love children" aren't equivalent to attacking the nation of one's birth for being a semi-barbaric and dangerous entity. At least you can't go wrong with "I love families."

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at September 5, 2003 01:04 PM