American Idol 2 debuts tonight.

American Idol 2 debuts tonight.
More than 50,000 people auditioned for American Idol 2 last fall, and tonight they face Simon, Paula, and Randy as the second season of the show debuts at 8 p.m. ET on FOX with a special 90-minute show. The debut continues tomorrow night with another 90-minute show starting at 8:30 p.m. It will air regularly on Tuesdays at 8 and Wednesdays at 8:30. Host Ryan Seacrest says he hasn’t talked to booted co-host Brian Dunkleman since last season, and says the talent is “better” this year.

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.