Real…Hillbillies creator wants viewers to “fall back in love with my people.”

Real…Hillbillies creator wants viewers to “fall back in love with my people.”
The creator of the heavily protested The Real Beverly Hillbillies says he created the show because “I thought if America can fall in love with Ozzy Osbourne after they got to know him, why couldn’t they fall back in love with my people?” The Orlando Sentinel profiles both the show’s major opponent, the newly-founded Center for Rural Strategies, and the show’s creator, Dub Cornett, who is “[a] railroad worker’s son from Appalachia, Va.,” and a producer who worked both as manager for Lucinda Williams and on the soundtrack for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” On the show’s future, the paper reports, “Though CBS has so far declined to officially cancel Cornett’s Hillbillies project for eternity, it will never be aired if its opponents have their way.”

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.