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Reality TV awards show planned

Sept. 4, 2003 at 2:57 PM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- ABC and Emmy producer Don Mischer are preparing the first network awards show devoted to reality TV, according to Daily Variety.

With the unscripted genre showing no signs of slowing down, ABC has contracted with Mischer to produce a two-hour awards show that will honor both the producers of and participants in reality TV. A blue-ribbon industry panel will select nominees, with viewers choosing winners via the Web and other means.

Still in the early planning stages, the show is expected to air this fall.

Categories are expected to range from the serious (best show, best host) to the subjective (best meltdown, best villain), with eligibility likely to encompass network and cable series and specials airing during the 2002-03 season, including this summer.

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