The Real Cannonball Run 2001 debuts tonight on USA Network.

The Real Cannonball Run 2001 debuts tonight on USA Network.
USA revives the cross-country race tonight with The Real Cannonball Run 2001, which follows “six mismatched teams of three people travelling the back roads of America in tricked-out vehicles, using any means available to sabotage their rivals and get to the finish line first in a coast-to-coast dash for $100,000 in cash.” The teams will include Survivor‘s Susan Hawk and Jeff Varner, plus Temptation Island‘s Kaya. The show debuts tonight at 10 p.m.; it repeats at midnight tonight and Monday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The other four episodes air and repeat during the same times starting at 10 p.m. every night this week until Thursday.

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.