Endemol chief: bad casting is to blame for Big Brother.

Endemol chief: bad casting is to blame for Big Brother.
John de Mol, creator of Endemol Entertainment, says Big Brother‘s problems in the U.S. (international versions have apparently not sucked like last summer’s CBS version) are because of a crappy cast–which he blames on CBS–and the fact that the show was changed enough to cater to American audiences. Earlier, CBS chief Les Moonves also blamed–surprise!–bad casting for the show’s crappiness.
+ plus: Spain’s Telefónica will buy Endemol for €5.5 billion.

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.

about the writer

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.