Justin signed; Simon will get $1m for AI2; ratings records; and more.

Justin signed; Simon will get $1m for AI2; ratings records; and more.
Justin has been signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 management company. … Simon Cowell’s company has offered Tamyra a record deal, but will not sign Christina Christian, the The New York Post reports. One more person is getting a record deal out of the show: Paula Abdul. She’ll release a new album soon. … Speaking of Simon, he’ll American Idol 2. … Coke’s sponsorship deal was “a huge risk … but it paid off.”One in three adults 18-49 watched the finale of the show, FOX’s best ratings ever in the demographic. 28 million people tuned for the climax. Also, 2.1 million people watched the finale in Canada, making it Canada’s “highest-rated show of the summer.”

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.