PRESS TOUR: For Reelz, trashy reality TV has a new home (along with a JFK assassination conspiracy doc)

Sunday, 28 July 2013 01:00 PM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. --  ReelzChannel is producing two new ulta-trashy reality series.

"The Capones" (Nov. 9) follows an Italian family that's distantly related to Al Capone and runs a restaurant together.

But the silliest, most entertaining series may be "Hollywood Hillbillies" (pictured above, debuts in January).

Read more after the jump. ...

Producers describe the show as a reality sitcom in the same mold as "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

"Hollywood Hillbillies" follows a Georgia family as they move to California, sort of a reality TV version of "The Beverly Hillbillies."

The series follows Michael Kittrell (AKA "The Angry Ginger" on YouTube) and his family, including his grandmother, Delores "Mema" Hughes.

"He's trying to uppity us," said another family member, Dee Dee Peters, during a press conference, where Mema hammed it up.

"I love to eat: Where you've eaten, where you love to eat. I love to damn eat," Mema said, before complaining about the price of a hamburger and Coke at The Beverly Hilton, where TCA press tour is held. "Twenty-seven-dollars and 50 damn cents."

In a trailer for the series, one of the characters is at a spa and delcares, "I feel like Pretty Woman without being a prostitute."

In addition to the reality shows, ReelzChannel also has a documentary, "JFK: The Smoking Gun" (Nov. 3), which promises to name a second shooter in the assassination of President Kennedy. The theory was previously presented in author Colin McLaren's 1992 book, which resulted in a lawsuit.

This theory says JFK's killer was a secret service agent named George Hickey, now deceased, who was in the car behind JFK. "Smoking Gun" panelists say it was an unintentional, accidental shooting that occurred after Lee Harvey Oswald fired at the President.

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