Reality Hillbillies. (TV).
Television executives are taking the expression "life
imitating art" to a whole new level. CBS has announced it plans to
recast the 1960s hit sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies as a reality show.
In the original, Jed Clampett's poor mountain family moves to
Beverly Hills after accidentally striking oil. In the new version, CBS
plans to take a real-life rural, lower-middle-class family and
transplant them to a Beverly Hills mansion. Critics say the show will
resurrect negative stereotypes of rural America. But TV execs see the
marketing potential. Fox TV now says it's planning a reality series
in which a rich city family is plopped down in farm country and told to
make do. Sound familiar? It's based on another '60s hit, Green