American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.

American Idol 2 down to 32; FOX angry about CBS Star Search ad.
Simon, Paula, and Randy narrowed the American Idol 2 field dramatically to 32 semi-finalists who will begin performing next week in groups of eight. Viewers, like last year, will vote for the contestants they want to keep. Those eight people will join two wild cards selected by the judges, who are now otherwise relegated to making comments. The semi-final rounds start next Tuesday as the show settles into its 8 p.m. ET time slot, with the booted contestants revealed on the following night, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Also, producers of American Idol are pissed off over CBS’ usage of a new ad that looks and feels a lot like one for their show. They’ve demanded CBS cease and desist airing an ad for Star Search that asks “Who will be ‘The Next American Teen Idol’?” and “adopts the neon-blue colors and script-letters of the ‘Idol’ logo,” the New York Post reports.

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.