Jeff Probst: “The only satisfaction [crew members] get is from within.”

Jeff Probst: “The only satisfaction [crew members] get is from within.”
Chicago Sun-Times TV critic Phil Rosenthal visits the set of Survivor Marquesas, and reports on the logistics and unseen talent that goes into producing the show. Host Jeff Probst praises the crew’s work, saying “[t]he cameramen are storytellers and the editors are uncredited producers” who are motivated by Burnett, “this incredibly inspirational leader.” Rosenthal also reports on this year’s location, the island of Nuka Hiva, and its amenities, which include the virus that causes elephantiasis and sand fleas called “no-no”s that “leave terrible welts on anyone who has left skin exposed and failed to apply a greasy, sickly sweet-smelling insecticide.”

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.