CBS backs off real Beverly Hillbillies; ABC, FOX defend their shows.

CBS backs off real Beverly Hillbillies; ABC, FOX defend their shows.
The ad campaign has apparently had an effect, as “CBS is dampening expectations for” The Real Beverly Hillbillies. CBS president Les Moonves says it’s “very, very much in the discussion stages” and “sometimes … it may appear you’re pushing it too far. … It wasn’t our intent to offend everybody. I’m sorry if we have,” according to the AP. Meanwhile, “ABC [is] using reality to get back on track” with “at least 10 new reality and comedy series before the season ends in May and at least six series over the summer,” Electronic Media reports. They’re trying to reverse “a seven-year ratings decline.” Finally, in a New York Times profile, FOX’s reality TV show chief Mike Darnell says a possible war “won’t affect people’s appetite for these shows.” He prefaces that, saying “it is harder to be silly–and a lot of these shows are silly–during a time of war.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.