Mark Burnett plans restaurant-set, chef-focused reality TV show for NBC.

Mark Burnett plans restaurant-set, chef-focused reality TV show for NBC.
Mark Burnett’s The Restaurant, which he’s producing for NBC alongside Ben Silverman, will “follow the incredible trials and tribulations of launching a New York restaurant under the glass bubble of TV cameras,” Silverman says. That will be accomplished by “captur[ing] everything from the heat in the kitchen to gossip at the dinner table”–and product placement–E! Online reports. The restaurant/show’s chef will be the Food Network’s Rocco DiSpirito, and is expected to debut this summer.
+ plus: the UK’s ITV plans a show set in a bar run by three celebrities.

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.