Survivor 5 wants to tape in Thailand.

Survivor 5 wants to tape in Thailand.
Rumors about South or Central America being the location for Survivor 5 aside, producers have apparently decided upon a national park in southern Thailand as their ideal filming location. As Reuters reports, the deal “is 90 percent done” according to an official, although environmental groups could challenge the decision, especially after the 1999 filming of The Beach reportedly caused significant environmental damage to another location in Thailand. However, the director of Thailand’s film board says, “We will ask environmentalists to help keep a close eye on them. This will not be another The Beach.”
+ plus: Mark Burnett: no commitment past Survivor 5 “leaves my options open.”

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.