Simon is Coke’s “asshole pitchman.”

Simon is Coke’s “asshole pitchman.”
The ubiquitous Coke cups in front of the American Idol 2 judges, never mind the red room and infomercials for Coke products, make Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the show Crystal Pepsi clear. And now, Simon Cowell is starring in an ad for Vanilla Coke. The ad, which you can watch via Slate, oddly shows Simon reading an endorsement off a cue card. Slate’s Rob Walker asks why the company would “[rely] on an asshole pitchman” for their new product, especially one who kowtows. He concludes that conclusion has to do with Simon’s honest critiques (as opposed to the other judges’ “BS”): “On the one hand, Cowell’s endorsement means something because of his nasty brand of integrity; on the other hand, it’s sort of satisfying to see him totally cowed.”

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.