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Here’s the reality: Emmy still hasn’t quite figured out how to categorize non-scripted faves like “Survivor.”

But that’s about to change. Stung from the confusion over this year’s mish-mash of programs in the reality/competition program category, the TV Academy’s awards committee plans to address the issue in time for next year’s kudos.

“It’s already on the agenda for next year,” proclaims TV Academy awards VP John Leverence, who says the awards committee will meet in January to consider rule changes.

TV Acad officials want to avoid a repeat of this year’s category, which lumped competitive reality series “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “American Idol” in with clip specials “100 Years of Hope and Humor” and “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Passions: America’s Greatest Love Stories.”

“We’re in good company, just in the wrong category,” says “Amazing Race” executive producer Bertram Van Munster. “Ultimately there’s no $1 million prize in the Bob Hope special. I don’t understand (how the shows were lumped in the same category), and I don’t know how people are going to react to it.”

It didn’t help that TV Academy chairman Bryce Zabel opted not to mention “Hope and Humor” and the AFI special when announcing the category’s nominees on live TV in July.

Reality show producers scratched their heads when they saw the actual ballot, while producers from the two specials recognized why the org omitted their nominations, but were still concerned that it might affect Emmy voting.

The confusion stems from the category’s origin. Until this year, it was known as “nonfiction program (special class)” — designed as a catch-all for programs that didn’t really fit anywhere else (including reality shows with a contest element).

Because most of the programs nominated in the category were “Survivor”-style competition shows, the TV Acad decided to get with the times this year and rename it “outstanding reality/competition programs.”

One problem: The org didn’t change the category’s eligibility requirements. Hence specials such as “100 Years of Hope and Humor” successfully petitioned to still be a part of the category.

Why enter their specials in the “reality/competition” category? It’s an “area award,” which means the shows don’t compete against each other, but rather get an Emmy if a majority of voters approve. Some, all or none of the nominees could walk away with a trophy on Emmy night.

There was less confusion in Emmy’s other nonfiction categories, including outstanding nonfiction series (traditional), outstanding nonfiction special (traditional) and outstanding nonfiction program (alternative).

Also, for the first time this year, the TV Acad created individual categories for writers and directors on nonfiction series.

Leverence says the org will debate several possibilities in separating reality/competition shows and “special class” programs.

One option involves doing away entirely with a “special class” category, and telling programs that are eligible to compete in several categories to simply pick one.

A clip show like the Bob Hope or AFI specials could choose the informational special category or the variety/music special category, for example. That would leave the reality/competition category open solely for series like “American Idol.”

But, it’s more likely the org will simply take the “special class” catch-all out of the reality/competition eligibility and instead create a new category for programs that don’t fit anywhere else.

“Either one of those solutions would clear the problem,” Leverence says.