Hope for Haiti Now includes Jennifer Hudson performance, Anderson Cooper reporting

Tonight, from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, if you tune in to ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW, Bravo, PBS, CNN, BET, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, E!, National Geographic, Oxygen, G4, Current, Fuse, MLB Network, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CBC, CTV, Global, MuchMusic, CNN International, BET International, National Geographic internationally, any MTV network internationally, among other networks, you won’t see regularly scheduled programs.

Instead, you’ll be watching Hope for Haiti Now, the massive telethon/fundraiser organized and hosted by George Clooney that will be raising money to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Donations will be accepted starting at noon ET today, either online, via phone (877-99-HAITI), or text message (text “GIVE” to 50555).

It’ll be the most widely viewable telethon ever, and the MTV-produced event will include musical performances by many people, all of which will be available on iTunes. Among them is American Idol‘s Jennifer Hudson, while The Mole host turned CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will be reporting from Haiti.

And those are all the reality TV connections I could find, in case reality alone isn’t enough of a reason to watch, participate, or just be aware.

By the way, in case you miss it on any of those networks, or are not in front of a TV, it will also be live on YouTube, Hulu, Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Bing, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, BET.com, and Rhapsody. And if you have a mobile phone, it’ll stream via AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Alltell, and FloTV.

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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.