Friday, March 21, 2003

More in Congress decry 'Hillbillies' reality show idea

The Associated Press

PIKEVILLE - More members of the U.S. House are asking CBS to immediately stop efforts to create a new reality television series called The Real Beverly Hillbillies.

In a joint letter to CBS President Leslie Moonves, 43 congressmen expressed outrage over the proposed program, which would move a family from rural Appalachia to a Beverly Hills mansion and follow them with cameras for a year.

"I am pleased that so many of my colleagues have joined the fight against this terrible program," said U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky.

"Together we are sending a clear message that this type of trash should have no place on the public airwaves," he said.

Rogers sent his own letter to Moonves this month, asking CBS to pull the plug on the proposed program.

Congressmen from as far away as New York, Florida and Texas signed the latest letter.

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