American Idol finale begins tonight.

American Idol finale begins tonight.
With a pre-show airing on E! and Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight interviewing celebrity guests on the red carpet as they arrive, tonight’s first half of the American Idol finale will be quite a production. The one-hour show begins at 9 p.m. ET, and will feature finalists Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini in a vocal duel. Following the show, viewers will vote; in the UK, more than 90 million voting phone calls were made after the finale of Pop Idol, jamming phone lines. The results will be announced on tomorrow night’s two-hour finale.

+ also: finale will air on CTV in Canada.
+ and: “What you need to know before tonight’s big finale.”

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.