Swamp Brothers

by Scott Von Doviak

This may come as a shock to producers of reality television, but many of us who consume (and occasionally enjoy) your programs are well aware that they aren’t really “real.”  We realize that certain scenarios may be contrived, if not outright staged and scripted, and we can accept that, so long as you don’t rub our faces in it.  (Or if you must rub our faces in it, be sure to go completely over-the-top like Celebrity Apprentice, so that the artifice becomes part and parcel of the whole so-bad-it’s-good appeal of the thing.)  All of this is my roundabout way of saying that Discovery’s latest venture in outdoor reality, Swamp Brothers, is at its worst when it’s trying too hard to be a 21st century Green Acres.

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