Though the Emmys jumped on the reality bandwagon a couple of years back, there’s no future plans for the Globes to join in as well.
The key reason, Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. officials say, is that the org’s primarily foreign-born voters simply don’t pay that much attention to U.S. reality shows.
“There’s no international relevance to them. It’s nothing we’ve ever discussed,” says Jenny Cooley-Carillo, co-chair of the HFPA’s TV committee.
Indeed, scripted series produced in the U.S. are exported all over the world, and there’s a worldwide demand for news about them reported by HFPA members.
However, the reality genre is relatively new to the U.S. and foreign auds have little interest in American reality series that are, in many cases, based on formats that have existed internationally for years.
That being said, when “Survivor” took to the American airwaves in 2000 on CBS and exploded to the top of the Nielsen charts, there were a few voters who felt that the Globes needed to reflect the new viewing trend, and they tried to submit the series into the drama category. (Certainly, Susan Hawk’s speech in the final episode of season one was drama of the highest order.)
But the move was quickly quashed by other HFPA members and new rules were written in the Globes bylaws stating that drama shows need to be scripted to qualify for submission.
Even if there enough support among the HFPA’s voting membership to add reality shows, there’s little room for the genre in NBC’s three-hour Globes broadcast, which is already challenged by having to combine kudos for both film and TV.
As it stands now, the show sometimes kicks over the three-hour timeframe, depending on the length of acceptance speeches.
Cooley-Carillo says if there was a category to be added, it would be to separate TV’s supporting players. Right now, minis and movies are lumped in with series — Nicollette Sheridan of “Desperate Housewives” finds herself matched up against Charlize Theron and Emily Watson of “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” for example.