Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.

Simon turned down hosting, film offers; will likely return for season two.
Simon Cowell, the bitchy, biting, and British judge of both American Idol and Pop Idol, has been offered everything from a gig hosting CBS’ revival of Star Search to leading roles in movies. He turned them all down, telling the New York Daily News, “There is something that I’ve learned from this job and that’s if you’re involved in something successful, don’t believe the hype for a moment. My job at the end of the day is to try to create formats that will sell records.” The paper also reports “he is close to signing on for another edition of the show”–as are the other judges, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
+ plus: UK winner Will Young calls finalists “brilliant,” says they “seem more polished.”

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.