15-year-old Pop Idol contestant disqualified for being underage.

15-year-old Pop Idol contestant disqualified for being underage.
A 15-year-old was removed from the Pop Idol competition after anonymous e.mail messages revealed she was not at least 16, which the show’s rules require. She was replaced by a previously rejected contestant. Also, Pop Idol recently selected its latest two finalists.
+ plus: Australia’s third Popstars takes a similar approach to Pop Idol, looking for a single pop star this time.

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.