Will Starz’s riveting ‘The Chair’ shake up Reality-Competition race at Emmys?

Hey, Emmy voters: Isn’t it time for a makeover in the Best Reality-Competition Program race? What better way to shake up this stale category than to nominate Starz’s riveting new “The Chair“? The premise pits two aspiring filmmakers against each other by forcing them to direct two separate movies from the same script. The contestant/directors — Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci — are given creative freedom with an indie budget, all the while being filmed by a TV documentary crew.

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At the end of the season, the competition aspect comes into play as fans must watch both films and vote for their favorite. We won’t spoil who wins the $250,000 prize, but the two films couldn’t be more different from each other. Dawson takes a riotous teen-com approach with his version, titled “Not Cool,” while Martemucci’s final product is a more grounded coming-of-age piece, titled “Hollidaysburg.”

One of the show’s producers is Chris Moore, who earned three Emmy nominations for the similarly-themed reality program “Project Greenlight” (2002, 2004, 2005). Zachary Quinto and his production company Before the Door Pictures take over the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck role for this new series.

Starz no doubt hopes Moore’s magic Emmy touch will bring much-needed awards attention to the Reality-Competition race, where the same six programs — “The Amazing Race,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Top Chef,” “The Voice” — get nominated year after year. Hurry — make your Emmy predictions and you could win our $1,000 prize as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a leading role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmys).

In February, The Chair” won the DGA Award for Best Reality Program for helmer Anthony Sacco, so it’s on the correct awards trajectory heading into Emmy season.

“The Chair” is eligible in the following Reality/Non-Fiction Emmy categories:

Best Reality-Competition Program

Best Directing

Best Production Design

Best Cinematography

Best Picture Editing

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

Best Main Title Theme Music

Best Main Title Design

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