HBO turning An American Family into a fictional film

The first true reality series, An American Family, will become a fictional HBO film called Cinema Verite.

Gavin Polone is executive producing the film, which has not yet been cast but was written “by ‘The Omen’ writer David Seltzer, with writing-directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini (‘American Splendor’) on board to direct,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition, Alan and Susan Raymond, the documentary filmmakers who followed the Loud family for the 1973 documentary series, will be consulting on the film along with 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of Post-Sixties America author Andreas Killen.

Previously, the network adapted the documentary Grey Gardens into a fantastic film about the lives of the Beales, Big Edie and Little Edie.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


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.

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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.