MTV plans Idol-like MC Battle.

MTV plans Idol-like MC Battle.
After shifting Making the Band‘s focus to hip-hop for its second incarnation, MTV is now planning to adapt FOX’s American Idol format by conducting a search for hip-hop performers. MC Battle (get it?) will follow the search for a freestyling MC, who will receive “$25,000 and a Def Jam recording contract [which] will be awarded on March 1 in a live two-hour finale,” USA TODAY reports. Contestants will be selected from the first 1,000 amateur MCs to show up in New York on Feb. 24. The network plans to air all of the auditions on MTV and MTV2, and viewers will vote for the winner.

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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