reality TV versus the Super Bowl.

reality TV versus the Super Bowl.
Not interested in the Super Bowl halftime show starring U2? NBC will being airing a new episode of Fear Factor during halftime, and will run the rest of the episode after the game ends. The episode features Playboy playmates as contestants. Don’t even want to watch the Super Bowl itself? The WB will be presenting a three-hour “mini-marathon” of Popstars 2 starting at 7 p.m. ET, “featuring special new insights from Scene 23,” according to the network’s newsletter. HBO will be airing a new episode of Project Greenlight at 9:30 p.m. ET, and Bravo will air two back-to-back half-hour episodes of The It Factor starting at 9 p.m. ET. And immediately after the beginning of its halftime episode, Fear Factor repeats will be shown on NBC until the game concludes.

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.