reality TV stars are everywhere.

reality TV stars are everywhere.
Turn on the TV this summer and you’re likely to see a reality TV alum–even if you’re not watching a reality TV show. Kelly from The Real World New Orleans popped up on Bands on the Run last Sunday, and Temptation Island‘s Mandy Lauderdale has (and may continue to) help co-host MTV’s TRL from the Keys. Also on MTV, The Real World Hawaii‘s Teck is hosting Say What? Karaoke. This August, Susan Hawk and Jeff Varner will appear on USA’s Cannonball Run, joined midway through the race by Temptation Island‘s Kaya; the New York Daily News reports that the show’s producer asks, “Who better to put in it than people who’ve already been through a reality-show competition?”

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.