Pop Idol is “a way for viewers to make a telling anti-corporate statement.”

Pop Idol is “a way for viewers to make a telling anti-corporate statement.”
Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland argues that Pop Idol is actually working against perpetuating traditional stereotypes and industry prejudices, because its audience is “rebelling against the music industry edict, voiced explicitly, which says a pop idol has to be lean and gorgeous.” In a recent poll, viewers voted “overweight” finalist Rik number one, possibly because of his pleas to look beyond his image and vote based upon his voice.

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.