reality TV’s success may lead to “end to the traditional television season.”

reality TV’s success may lead to “end to the traditional television season.”
The latest round of successful reality TV shows–from Joe Millionaire to American Idol 2–“will drastically alter the economics of the business itself,” the New York Times reports. Among the changes that could be precipitated by reality TV’s success: “an end to the traditional television season,” including no repeats, no May-Sept. hiatus, and not as many scripted shows. Part of the reason for possible changes: the shows’ popularity with younger viewers, who advertise chase after and who will be tomorrow’s older audiences.
+ also: “more people than ever are clamoring to get on reality TV.”

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.