American Idol 2 finalist Jaered charged with assault in deadly bar fight.

American Idol 2 finalist Jaered charged with assault in deadly bar fight.
Jaered Andrews was disqualified from American Idol 2 in late January reportedly because he was a member of a pop group. But it may have been because during a night out celebrating his semifinal success on the show, he punched a guy in the face, causing the guy to fall on to the sidewalk, upon which the guy hit his head and later died as a result. According to the police report, obtained by The Smoking Gun, he’s been charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, and has been released on bail; his friend was charged with aggravated assault for punching the guy after he hit the ground.

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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