Countdown to Africa airs tonight.

Countdown to Africa airs tonight.
CBS airs Countdown to Africa tonight at 8 p.m. ET, a preview of Survivor Africa that will feature cast members from both Survivor 1 and Survivor 2. You may learn more about the show, however, from Joe Rhodes’ cover story in TV Guide this week. The article, a part of which is online, includes a detailed report from the set and a preview of the first immunity challenge. Additionally, the magazine, which has a cover for each cast member plus ones for each tribe, features a guide to the cast and a look at what the previous cast members have done since their shows aired.
+ also: Mark Burnett says Survivor Africa is the best yet, and says the show is immune to the current ratings slump.

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.