Pop Idol runner-up “worried” about eventual Popstars: The Rivals bands.

Pop Idol runner-up “worried” about eventual Popstars: The Rivals bands.
Gareth Gates, the 18-year-old runner-up on the UK’s Pop Idol, says he’s “worried” about the two groups that will come out of Popstars: The Rivals. The UK’s latest version of Popstars will end with the creation of a boy band and a girl band that will compete against each other. Gareth said, “I think they’re going to be absolutely huge–both bands probably will be. … I had better watch my back.”

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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