group protests “offensive” Real Beverly Hillbillies with advertisements.

group protests “offensive” Real Beverly Hillbillies with advertisements.
CBS is still developing The Real Beverly Hillbillies, a show that will take a real rural family and transplant them to Beverly Hills, but a group wants them to stop. On Tuesday the group ran this ad in major newspapers, saying that “mocking a group of rural Americans who have endured, despite hardship and inequity, is more than just offensive.” They want CBS to stop production of the show. CBS’ spokesperson says, “We would ask viewers to withhold judgment until they have seen the show. It might shed some light on the absurdities of urban life.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.