Lily Tomlin New Governor of TV Academy’s Performers Peer Group

The TV Academy elects Lily Tomlin to serve out the term of the late Kathryn Joosten. Jonathan Murray and David McKillop will head new Reality Programming Peer Group

Six-time Emmy winner Lily Tomlin has been elected as a Governor of the Television Academy’s Performers Peer Group, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.

Getty ImagesTomlin will serve out the term of Performer Peer Group Governor Kathryn Joosten who passed away in June. The term will end in December of 2012.

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Reality programming veterans Jonathan Murray and David McKillop have been elected as the inaugural Governors for the new Reality Programming Peer Group. Murray will serve a term ending in December of 2013 while McKillop’s term will conclude in December of 2012.

Earlier this year the Television Academy’s Board of Governors voted to approve the creation of the Reality Programming Peer Group and rename the Nonfiction Programming Peer Group (comprised of the remaining nonfiction documentarians) as the Documentary Programming Peer Group, in recognition of the different genres of programming and production process for each group. 

Prior to this action, both reality and documentary television professionals formed the membership of the Nonfiction Programming Peer Group. Continuing as Governors for the renamed Documentary Programming Peer Group are Mark Samels and Dan Birman.