Reality? ... Check

<i>By Tom O'Neil</i><br>Considering that reality programs comprise nearly half of prime-time television, the genre is still under-represented at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000010" title="Primetime Emmy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/television/primetime-emmy-awards-EVHST000010.topic">Emmys</a> with its five top categories, if you count the nonfiction races. (The Emmys have about 100 contests overall.) This year, academy officials considered adding a new one for judges of reality competition shows but ultimately dropped the plan for now. Were they afraid <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001160" title="Simon Cowell" href="/topic/entertainment/television/simon-cowell-PECLB001160.topic">Simon Cowell</a> might win?
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By Tom O'Neil
Considering that reality programs comprise nearly half of prime-time television, the genre is still under-represented at the Emmys with its five top categories, if you count the nonfiction races. (The Emmys have about 100 contests overall.) This year, academy officials considered adding a new one for judges of reality competition shows but ultimately dropped the plan for now. Were they afraid Simon Cowell might win?

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