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 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.