The Bachelor debuts tonight.

The Bachelor debuts tonight.
ABC’s The Bachelor debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET, following 31-year-old management consultant Alex Michel’s six-episode quest to find a possible bride from a group of 15 women. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Alex found the process “brutal,” and says that “the women range from the professional…to the downright skanky.” The show is produced by Mike Fleiss, who also created FOX’s fiasco of a special, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millonaire. This time, the Chronicle reports, background checks were “exhaustive,” and blood and drug tests were also administered. One critic says the show is “tame, but still detestable” (the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) while another says it “makes a connection with its audience beyond the vicarious thrill” (LA Times).
+ also: ABC casting for The Bachelor II.

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.