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Emmy Awards academy considering boosting reality show coverage

UPI News Service, 01/19/2005 

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is considering overhauling the prime time Emmy Awards telecast, Daily Variety reported Wednesday.

Academy officials are considering a plan that would remove most TV movie and miniseries from the prime time telecast, which would reduce the number of awards presented on the air and might allow for a greater focus on reality show awards.

The academy has established a committee of TV executives to study the situation. Academy President Todd Leavitt said a change is necessary because of declining ratings for the show, but he said it is too early to know how the Emmy telecast should be changed.

"There are many issues to be dealt with," Leavitt said.

Variety said cable TV executives were already expressing concern that the categories in which they dominate -- movies and miniseries -- will lose their place of prominence on the prime time Emmys telecast.

Last year's telecast attracted the second smallest audience on record for an Emmy Awards show, Variety said.

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