Simon plans to sign a contestant–whether or not that person wins.

Simon plans to sign a contestant–whether or not that person wins.
American Idol judge Simon Cowell, a record label owner and producer, says “he has already chosen the contestant he intends to sign to his record company–even if the contestant is not chosen by the audience as the winner,” according to The New York Times. Of course, Simon does not say who that person is. The Times’ Hilary De Vries spent an evening with Simon and found him to be “far more amiable than he appears on television.”

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.