despite contract clause, producers say viewers will decide on American Idol.

despite contract clause, producers say viewers will decide on American Idol.
Although the contestant’s contract includes a clause permitting the producers to choose the winner of American Idol, the producers say “[b]arring a catastrophic failure of Fox’s phone-in voting system, American TV viewers … will still decide the winner,” the AP reports. Viewers will choose the winner Sept. 3.
+ plus: with ever-increasing ratings, American Idol is “the first Fox series ever to” be “the most popular show among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic.”
+ and: who’s gay? Jim’s now-deleted journal revealed that he is and RJ says he’s not.

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.