PBS’ new American Family, debuting tonight, is not a reality TV show.

PBS’ new American Family, debuting tonight, is not a reality TV show.
At first glance, PBS’ new show American Family, debuting tonight at 8 p.m. ET in most markets, looks like a follow-up to the 1973 An American Family, the first real reality TV show that followed the Loud family. While they share two words of their titles, and while both follow families, tonight’s show is fictional, starring Raquel Welch and Edward James Olmos. The show is noteworthy, however, since it’s the first drama to focus on a Latino family. Also, it was originally to debut two years ago on CBS, but the network pulled it.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.