Aborigine consultants say they were “underpaid” and exploited by the Survivor production.

Aborigine consultants say they were “underpaid” and exploited by the Survivor production.
(warning: the story reports on a few possible spoilers, including contestant activities/challenges.) Two consultants hired by the Survivor 2 production crew to say they were “underpaid”–given just $200 a day instead of the $2000 they expected. Members of the Warungnu tribe, they were hired to teach the contestants how to survive eating native food, but were asked to dress up in native outfits and explain their skills to the cameras instead. When they got their checks, it was far less than they expected, especially considering their expanded duties.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.