Wednesday, January 22, 2003

RE the real beverly hillbillies -- i think there *could* be something interesting in the take on econimc class. i mean, people from the mountains are usually so unflappable in terms of getting stars in their eyes. it's one of my favorite east tenn qualities. but the first Beverly Hillbillies covered this pretty well and the nature of reality tv is to set people up to fail and then snicker at the fallout. i hope this doesn't happen. i hope that something sublime and beautiful comes from this study of mountain people, because the opportunity is certainly there. wouldn't it be more interesting to do a take on Survivor in which teams of Los Angeles movers and shakers come to East Tennessee and compete to survive on east tennessee wages, deprived of Starbucks and Neiman Marcus.

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