more focus on Mole players; “sellout” Real World cast; Survivor remix.

more focus on Mole players; “sellout” Real World cast; Survivor remix.
The March 17 TV Guide has a bunch of reality TV stories. First, reporting on The Mole, the magazine quotes ABC’s alternative programming chief, who says the next season will include “more time on the players personally and less on the games.” (Why, dammit, why?) In a fairly typical feature titled “Are they for real,” there are a couple of revelations. Most notably, Dan Renzi, most recently of The Real World/Road Rules Extreme Challenge, says the cast was instructed to “ask for the Nokia,” not just for the cell phone. Why? Because that could lead to well-paying commercials, and Dan readily admits they “are such sellouts.” He also says that during the Challenge, an officer who yelled at them during the Navy episode came back sans cameras and apologized, saying said, “They told us to be really mean to you so it looks good on the show.” And finally, if you’ve been wanting to get down to the Survivor theme song in a dance club, now you can. The Ancient Voices Remixes CD is now out.

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.