some changes to Miss America pageant inspired by reality TV.

some changes to Miss America pageant inspired by reality TV.
Among The Miss America Pageant’s new changes for 2001, which include renaming the swimsuit competition the “lifestyle and fitness” competition, the contestants eliminated in the early rounds will be able to vote against one of the finalists. The president of the organization says that unlike other crappy shows like Survivor (“People are out there inventing things like ‘Survivor’ and portraying it as reality TV”), Miss America has always “been providing viewers with high-stakes reality television,” Variety reports. Yeah, right. The drama is so high-stakes they had to adopt part of another show to maintain interest.

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.