New Shows Focus on Down-Home Appeal

By Andrew Gauthier 

Fox News

With the economy in the doldrums, more Americans are turning to down-home television shows about hunting, fishing, building and the art of making an honest living.

Rather than hitting Broadway or joining “Celebrity Apprentice,” former “American Idol” finalist Kristy Lee Cook is starring in a new hunting reality program “Going Country” on Versus, which takes place in America’s backwoods instead of Beverly Hills.

And instead of finding a place on the next “Surreal Life” or “Celebrity Rehab,” nineties rapper Vanilla Ice will be starring in a home renovation series on the DIY network, a room by room makeover series called ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’. More…