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.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

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

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.