To most of the film and television industry, reality TV is just “alternative programming”. But to millions of Americans (and people around the world), it's a passion, obsession, guilty pleasure and form of entertainment they cannot live with out. That’s likely the reason why in 2012 alone there were well over 300 unique reality series aired. It's also why I love what I do, and support the genre in any way that I can. So when the producers of the very first Reality Wanted Awards asked me to help get the word out about their project, I couldn’t resist. Here is all the info, straight from their team.
"Award shows are something we look forward to each year. Billboards are plastered with well wishes for the nominees, then congratulatory messages for the lucky few. Through eternity, winners of the coveted Oscar are known no longer by their given (or stage) name, but as “Academy Award Winner” such and such. Their peers respect them, their following on Twitter goes through the roof and they will forever go down in movie-making history. But with so many modern day families, there is an ugly stepchild. Enter reality television.
The arts are something that deserve celebration and putting together a reality show is truly an art form. From casting to challenge production, videography to editing, and music composition to graphic design, there is so much more that goes into the making of a “reality show” than following around a group of people and placing the content on television. Now we are going to set the record straight.
Created by Kristen Moss and Andrew Ward, and produced by an amazing team of reality TV, PR and talent professionals, the first annual Reality Wanted Awards will take place in West Hollywood on April 11th, 2013.
But they can’t happen without your help. Who better than the fans to vote for the winners in 22 incredible categories such as “Bad Ass Crew”, “Most Shocking Moment”, “Biggest Sore Loser” & “Greatest Villain”?
The final nominees were announced on March 1st and public voting started right away. Since then, thousands of votes have poured in daily. Help make your mark on reality television history by voting here.
As for those who've already made their mark, we’ll have plenty of them. Here’s just a sampling of stars attending:
|Big Ang, from Mob Wives|
|Abi, from Survivor|
|Erica Rose, from The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad & You're Cut Off|
|Reatha, Ann & Michael, from Off Their Rockers|
|Abby Lee Miller, from Dance Moms|
Rachel & Brendon (Big Brother)
Becky & Felix (Master Chef)
Victor & Angel (Dance Moms: Miami)
Renee Graziano (Mob Wives)
The awards are sure to be a who’s who of reality TV, so don’t miss out. We’ll have interactive live-streaming video feed from the red carpet. Follow us on Twitter at @RealityAwardsTV to get up to the moment updates and tell us what you think. Visit our site to get your ballot or tickets to the event. Be a part of this monumental time in reality television. Vote. Tweet. Have strong opinions… What would reality TV be without them anyway?"
May the best bitch win.