were all the American Pie references an example of product placement?

were all the American Pie references an example of product placement?
Variety asks if Big Brother 2‘s luxury challenge–which gave Bunky and Monica a private screening of American Pie 2–was an example of product placement, since both the movie’s name and the term “blockbuster” were used frequently. An ad for Blockbuster video immediately followed the segment, but a CBS rep say it was “coincidental” and Arnold Shapiro says no money was paid either way and “It would never cross my mind to do that at all.”
+ also: Variety says Tuesday’s ep was the most watched show of the night in all key demos.

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.