Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.

Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.
In Entertainment Weekly’s cover story about American Idol, judge Simon Cowell has praise for the US show’s audience, saying it is “much more sophisticated than the English audience” because they’ve been “absolutely spot-on week to week.” Also in the story, producer Nigel Lythgoe says he will have a “major meeting” with the judges because “[t]hey’ve got to stop biting back at each other. They are not there to criticize each other—they are there to critique the kids.” Asked who will return for American Idol 2, he says, “There are three or four great, talented people that will come out of this series. And they are performers. Not judges, not hosts.”
+ plus: auditions begin for UK’s Popstars 2.

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.