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.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.