American Idol renewed; winner’s single will be in stores by late September.

American Idol renewed; winner’s single will be in stores by late September.
Simon will have all three American Idol finalists record a single, making it possible to release the winner’s track in stores “within three weeks of ‘Idol’s’ Sept. 4 finale,” Variety reports. A CD featuring tracks from all 10 finalists will probably be released in October, before the winner’s full-length album is released in December. Also, FOX confirmed the show will return for a second season, although whether or not Simon Cowell and the other judges will return is a question mark. They’ve said they’re interested in a second season, but as Variety reports, “industry insiders believe Fox and the show’s producers may be willing to live without Cowell if his price gets too high.”
+ plus: production company plans two similar series, Dream Duets and Supergirl.

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.