Cara’s brother works for Tom Daschle; her fame has “affect[ed] his work.”

Cara’s brother works for Tom Daschle; her fame has “affect[ed] his work.”
The Real World Chicago‘s Cara is the sister of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s speechwriter, Jeff Nussbaum. That “his little sister Cara’s sex life might in any way affect his work” was unexpected, Jake Tapper reports; Jeff and his famous sister have been mentioned in Roll Call twice now. Cara tells Salon, “I guess I didn’t understand how selfish it was” to go on the show without thinking about the effects it would have on others like her brother, and says she wishes she had “this sort of reserved control that my brother has.”

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.