NBC not producing show hosted by kidnapping victims called “Survive This!”

NBC not producing show hosted by kidnapping victims called “Survive This!”
What appeared to be a report of a reality TV show hosted by the teenage kidnapping and rape victims is, in fact, satire. “The two girls kidnapped and raped in the Antelope Valley are set to go Hollywood,”the piece’s subtitle read, and it went on to describe a show that “will feature the crime victims introducing a new slate of contestants each week” who would “have 48 hours to find safety at a remote building made to resemble a rural sheriff’s station” while being pursued by “several paroled repeat sex offenders.” The writer told Zap2it.com that the story of the two girls telling their story in the media “begged for this kind of treatment”; he also said about half of the piece’s readers read it as satire, while the other half assumed it was real.

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.