You just can't make up stuff that's this good... http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A27158-2003Sep4?language=printer ABC to Air Awards Show for Reality Television Reuters Thursday, September 4, 2003; 6:35 PM LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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." Programs airing in the 2002-2003 season, including this summer, are eligible for nomination, the network said. In the period from Sept. 2002 to May 2003, according to Nielsen Media Research, five of the top 10 shows on TV were reality programs, including the dating series "Joe Millionaire" and two editions of competition show "Survivor." * ABC is a unit of the Walt Disney Co. * - I beleive they are talking about single episode ratings and not for a series in total. Typically the final segement of these shows do very well for that evening. The only "reality" series to consistantly pull in strong numbers is 'American Idol'.