Simon Cowell to launch TV company to compete with his partner’s company.

Simon Cowell to launch TV company to compete with his partner’s company.
Although he “has received large performance fees for his on-screen role and has made money from record sales,” Pop Idol and American Idol judge Simon Cowell “has received no money from international sales of the Pop Idol TV format, phone voting or sponsorship deals,” the Financial Times reports. Because of that, Simon now “has plans to produce music-based TV formats through a joint venture company with Bertelsmann,” which will place him “in direct competition with pop supremo Simon Fuller, his [present] business partner.” No word what this might mean for Simon’s return on American Idol 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.

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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.