Survivor, American High, Bands on the Run, Road Rules get Emmy nods.

Survivor, American High, Bands on the Run, Road Rules get Emmy nods.
The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and four true (at least, by my definition) reality TV shows were nominated. The new categories seem odd, at best, especially when looking at the other shows that American High is up against; could they be more different? (And how Road Rules got nominated but shows like The Mole did not is baffling.) Anyway, the nominees:

non-fiction program–reality

  • American High (FOX)
  • The Awful Truth with Michael Moore (Bravo)
  • The E! True Hollywood Story (E!)
  • Taxicab Confessions (HBO)
  • Trauma Life in the ER (TLC)

non-fiction program–special class

  • Bands on the Run (VH1)
  • Eco-Challenge Borneo (USA)
  • Junkyard Wars (TLC)
  • Road Rules Maximum Velocity Tour (MTV)
  • Survivor (CBS)

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.